3 cups whisky (bourbon would also work very well)
16 to 20 small dried Mission figs (= one 9 oz. Sun-Maid packet), quartered
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
Put all ingredients into a glass jar and let steep for 2 weeks, stirring at least once a day. Strain out solids through a very fine-mesh strainer or paper coffee filter or cheesecloth. Sweeten to taste with sugar syrup, with up to 1 cup syrup to every 2 cups of unsweetened liquid. (To make sugar syrup: use 1 cup water to 2 cups sugar and heat just to a boil, stirring, till all sugar crystals have dissolved. I use organic cane sugar or a mix of white and raw sugars for better flavor.)
This turned out very nice, and with nicely unusual flavors, but next time I might try it adding a little orange peel, too.