Fig & Melon Martini

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Harvesting heaps of melons, gourds and tomatoes in late summer is the sweetest victory, especially after months of weeding, watering and keeping the pests at bay. I suppose it’s no big surprise but my perennial reward is a garden-inspired cocktail.

Fresh figs and melons dress up my antipasti plates, so I knew they would certainly make a pretty good cocktail. The fig and vanilla vodka used in this Fig & Melon Martini can infuse for just a week, but the longer it sits, the more caramel-like the color and the deeper the flavor – but don’t let it sit for months, as it will become thick and a bit hard to handle.

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I garnish this drink with extra slices of ripe melon and bursting-ripe figs. Oh, and there’s typically an antipasti-plate not far away. Happiest of summers to you!

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Fig & Melon Martini

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-ounce Fig and Vanilla Vodka
  • 1.5-ounce cantaloupe purée
  • 0.5 ounce Cointreau
  • 1-teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1-teaspoon maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Puree a 1/8 wedge of ripe cantaloupe, chopped, with 2 tablespoons of water in a blender or a food processor.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add all the ingredients, including the cantaloupe puree. Shake that cocktail shaker until everything is combined and icy cold.
  3. Strain the mixture into a slightly chilled martini glass and garnish with a thin slice of melon threaded onto a wooden skewer around a half slice of ripe fig.
Photos by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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