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  • Writer's pictureNikki Glekas


I’m always searching for fresh twists on favorite cocktails. One way I do this is I make flavored simple syrups to change things up. There are endless possibilities when it comes to simple syrup, and they are a very easy way to flavor almost anything. This Fig Margarita was developed when I plucked some fresh figs off the tree in my backyard. Yum! I use figs for all sorts of recipes in the kitchen and I couldn’t wait to try my hand at a new cocktail.

Once you have the fig simple syrup prepared all you have to do is make your margarita, which is very simple. As you’ll see, I always strain the syrup very well after I’ve blended it because I want the mouth feel of the beverage to be completely smooth.

The sweet fig and spicy jalapeno flavors play really well off of each other in this recipe. I add a nice sugary rim and pretty garnish to make it a truly pretty cocktail to behold. This is a great one to make for family and friends this holiday season, I know they’ll love it!

Spicy Fig Margarita

Margaritas can be fun any time of year. For the holiday season I like to spice them up in our house and add sweet fig syrup and jalapeno tequila.

  • Fig Syrup Simple

  • ½ cup of sugar

  • ½ cup of water

  • 3 figs cut in 4

  • 2 oz jalapeno tequila

  • 2 oz simple syrup

  • 1 triple sec

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1 oz pomegranate juice

Honey and sugar rim

Serve with fresh figs on top

  • The fig simple syrup:

  • Make the fig simple syrup by combining the sugar, water, and cut figs in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  • Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, and the fig flavor has infused into the syrup. Remove the mixture and allow it to come to room temperature.

  • Pour the mixture with the figs in a blender and puree it until smooth.

  • Position a strainer over a heatproof measuring cup and pour the fig syrup into it and strain it well so there are no fig pieces remaining in the syrup.

  • Use the syrup to make your cocktail.

To make your cocktail:

  • Add the tequila, simple syrup, triple sec, lime juice, and pomegranate juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  • Dip the rim of the margarita glass in honey and then granulated sugar.

  • Pour your shaken cocktail in your margarita glass, garnish it with fresh figs, and serve.5

Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT. She is currently operating with COVID-safe procedures and is happy to discuss your event and catering needs with you. To discuss further please contact or call 203.658.8659.

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