Golden Fig Lemonade

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Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.
Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.

There’s no wrong time to drink Golden Fig Lemonade. This lemonade and fig syrup recipe is a delicious twist on a timeless classic drink using Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Golden Dried Figs.

Lemonade with a Twist

Fig lovers, have you ever tried fig lemonade? We knew our dried figs and lemons are a natural flavor pairing for so many things from freekeh to pasta but we’d never thought about bringing these fresh flavors together in a drink and now it’s all we can think about.

Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.

What Kind of Dried Figs to Use

Golden Dried Figs have a different kind of sweetness than Mission Dried Figs. Their milder nutty sweetness and sunny color makes golden figs our pick for this drink, but you could always use mission figs for a more intense sweetness (and it would be lovely for autumn with the addition of cinnamon sticks in the pitcher to infuse just enough warm spice into the drink).

Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.

Fig Lemonade Ratio

Lemonade is pretty easy to remember how to make. Just think 1:1:1 of 1 cup of lemon juice, (and 1 cup sugar and water for simple syrup) and you can scale up or down as needed. Then you’ll sweeten to taste with fig syrup.

Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.

Go for the Gold: Dried Fig Syrup Recipe

The fig syrup recipe is easy to do: remove the stems off the golden dried figs and slice them. Then add them to a saucepan with the water and sugar for the simple syrup with long strips of lemon zest from one lemon. You’ll then cook the syrup until the sugar is dissolved. Infuse the figs into the syrup another 10 minutes to deepen the flavor. Then, toss the syrup into a blender and puree. Strain out the solids from the syrup (and reserve to eat swirled into yogurt!). Reserve the golden fig syrup.

You’re almost there. Essentially you’ll stir together the lemon juice, water and sweeten to taste with fig syrup. Serve over ice and thirst no more!

Freezer Ready: Fig Lemonade Pops for the Family

Now, you can also make popsicles with the lemonade—if you decide to do that, skip straining out the solids from the syrup if you want a bit of texture in your pop or pour the strained lemonade into popsicle molds for a pulp-free frozen treat.

Golden Fig Lemonade

Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.
Golden Fig Lemonade is a refreshing twist on a classic summer drink. What makes the drink so delicious is the fig syrup recipe.
Nutrition
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 11

Ingredients

Golden Fig Syrup Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces Orchard Choice® or Sun-Maid® California Golden Dried Figs , stems removed and sliced
  • Long strips of peel from 1 lemon

Fig Lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • Ice

Instructions

Make the Fig Simple Syrup:

  • In a saucepan set over medium heat, cook sugar, water, dried figs, and lemon peels. Stir occasionally and cook for 7 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Turn heat off and steep for 10 minutes.
  • Pour all of the simple syrup ingredients into a blender. Puree until smooth. Strain out (and save) the solids using a fine mesh strainer. Set aside the fig simple syrup.

Make the Lemonade

  • Stir together the lemon juice and water, sweetening to taste with the fig simple syrup.
  • Serve over ice.

Notes

Recipe and photos by Annelies Z

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and tag us @valleyfig —we’d love to see what you’re cooking on Instagram and Facebook!

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