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Celebrate the holiday season with this easy and delicious fig martini recipe!
We’re infusing the seasonal flavor of sweet figs into a smooth, sleek vodka martini. And the vanilla adds a subtle sweetness and warmth that’s just right for this time of year.
It’s the perfect way to toast the season of sparkle.
Fresh fig season is short, and many of us have trouble finding fresh figs. I can find dried black mission figs anytime I want to at my local grocery store, but I have to visit a specialty store if I want fresh figs.
Not to worry! We’re saving a trip to the specialty store and using fig jam to create this delicious cocktail.
It’s a great way to get that delicious fig flavor without having to hunt down fresh figs, so you can enjoy this cocktail any time of the year!
Ingredients for this Fig Martini Recipe
You’ll only need four simple ingredients to create this fig vodka cocktail:
How to Make this Fig Martini Recipe
Make the Fig Syrup
Grab a small saucepan and pour in the fig jam, a little bit of water and some vanilla extract. Heat this mixture gently, stirring until it loosens up and becomes syrupy.
Then, strain the mixture into a separate container. If you don’t have a fine mesh strainer to do this, a coffee filter also works.
There will be a lot of fig seeds, and you may need to press down on them to strain out as much syrup as you can.
Side note: If you have a real vanilla bean, it would be absolutely amazing in this simple syrup recipe! Split it open and scrape the seeds into the saucepan.
Because real vanilla bean is very expensive and most of us don’t have them in the house, this recipe calls for vanilla extract. But if you want to splurge, use one vanilla bean in place of the extract.
Shake the Martini
What if the fig syrup gets too thick?
The fig syrup will thicken as it cools.
If it gets too thick, just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up before using it in this fig vodka cocktail recipe.
Other Ways to Use Fig Simple Syrup
If you love the simplicity of making fig syrup with fig jam, here are some other ways to enjoy it:
1. Fig Moscow Mules: Add your homemade syrup to a mixture of vodka, ginger beer and lime juices for a seasonal infusion to the classic mule cocktail.
2. Fig Spritzer: Mix fig syrup with your favorite vodka and a splash of soda water for a bubbly, refreshing fall vodka cocktail.
3. Fig Old Fashioned: Fig syrup goes perfectly with bourbon and orange bitters to warm you up on those cool nights.
4. Mulled Apple Cider: Warm some apple cider on the stove. Add your fig syrup, star anise and whole cloves. So cozy!
What type of vodka is good for a Fig Martini?
Make this fig martini for your next holiday happy hour! And when you make it, I’d love to hear about it! Drop a rating or leave a comment below. Enjoy!
For more fig recipes, try these:
- Baked Brie Recipe with Fig Jam, Pecans and Rosemary
- Burrata Toast Appetizer with Fig Syrup, Pumpkin Butter and Sage
- Fig Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
For more festive cocktails, try these:
Fig Martini Recipe (Easy Vodka Cocktail with Vanilla)
- 3 oz. quality vodka
- 1 oz. fig syrup recipe below
- 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Fig Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup fig preserves
- 3 Tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Make the fig simple syrup: simmer the fig syrup, water and vanilla over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Stir until the mixture loosens and becomes syrupy. Strain into a separate container.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the vodka, lemon juice and fig syrup into the shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Pour into a martini glass.
- Garnish with fresh figs, if desired.