It is one of my favorite times of the year for so, so many reasons.
Crisp, cool mornings, gloriously rosy sunsets, leaves changing color, and the natural transition to cozy sweaters. It’s also FIG SEASON!
I load up on fresh figs this time of year. They’re such a treat and hard to find any other time of the year around these parts, so when September hits, I go hog wild on the figs. They make me feel fancy. They’re decadent in their own right. And they’re beautiful!
My favorite way to eat them is simply sliced. Maybe with some cheese or a slice of prosciutto. But generally? I love them raw and all by their lonesome.
Today? Well, I’m putting them in vodka. That’s right. Today, we’re drinking our figs. And I’m not mad about it. Not one bit.
This fig martini is soooo delicious. It’s sweet and fruity and floral but ridiculously easy to make. It’s gorgeous and impressive (again, figs are fancy!), but it takes minutes to throw together. The best part? No simple syrup is required.
I put fresh figs, some fig jam, lemon juice, and honey in a jar or shaker and muddle/mash everything together until a glorious pulpy mixture forms. Shake it up with some vodka and ice and then strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a fresh fig for drama, and you are set.
Happy hour has never been simpler, and it’s exactly what the mid-week hump calls for. These beauties will take us through to the weekend in no time.
5 PM can’t come soon enough!Print
This simple martini comes together with all the flavor of luscious fall figs and floral honey. No simple syrup required!
- 3 fresh figs, quartered
- 3 tablespoons fig jam
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 6 oz vodka
- Sliced fresh figs, as optional garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the figs, jam, lemon juice, and honey together until the figs are mostly broken down.
- Add ice and the vodka and shake the mixture vigorously for a few seconds to chill and incorporate the ingredients.
- Strain into martini glasses and garnish with slices of fresh fig. Serve immediately.
I use a cocktail strainer for this cocktail to remove the larger pieces of fig. This does not remove the fig seeds, which don’t bother me at all. If you don’t want the fig seeds in your drink, strain the muddled fig mixture through a fine mesh strainer before mixing with the vodka.
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