~ Spicy Fig Martini


Imagine a martini that’s sweet and spicy and made with all natural ingredients. No processed white sugar or high fructose corn syrup. No mixes that have who knows what inside. That’s what I’ve concocted for you. Using real figs, I have shake-shake-shaken up a delightful libation full of complex flavor. If you prefer, you can strain the cocktail before serving, but I enjoyed the muddled fig inside of the drink.

Makes 2 martinis


insides of 1 fig

2 shots of vodka

1 shot of gin

2 shots of natural ginger ale (made with sugar, not high fructose corn syrup)

1 splash natural pomegranate juice

1 tsp. powdered ginger

1.2 tsp. New Mexico chile powder

1 dash cinnamon

ice cubes

1 wedge lemon

turbinado sugar to coat rim of glass



1. Place all of the ingredients except the ice cubes, lemon wedge and sugar in the drink shaker. Shake vigorously.

2. Open the shaker and stir the ingredients. Muddle the fig and spices with a muddler.

3. Add the ice. Close the shaker and shake vigorously again.

4. Wet the rims of two martini glasses with the juice from the lemon wedge.

5. Place turbinado sugar in a plate. Invert glasses on top of the sugar and swirl until the rims are coated.

6. Pour into glasses, garnish as desired and serve.

7. Enjoy the refreshingly unusual flavors!


Note: My photographer sunk a fresh cherry into each martini to add a colorful surprise at the bottom!


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