Trivia: Did you know that 43 percent of weddings will take place from late September to November?
That's a whole lot of drinking! Wine and beer are fine, but couples increasingly are offering a signature drink at their reception, and creating yet one more wedding decision to make, ' What signature drink should we serve at our fall themed wedding reception?’.
Well, I can now offer a tasty solution. I was watching WeddingWire's Creative Director, Jeffra Trumpower, on the Today Show and she mentioned a new fall favorite -- the Fig & Honey Martini. Talk about ‘fall’-ing in love with fruit. - I am all over this one. One, I love figs and really, to be honest, any drink that sounds like dessert - I’m all in.
Clearly I am no bartender, but I am so willing to jump in and give it a shake. Here’s a recipe I found that I thoroughly enjoyed...a few times...all trial and error for the sake of perfection.
- 8 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces elderflower flavored liqueur
- 6 ounces apple juice
- 1/4 cup honey thyme syrup (below)
- 4 fresh figs, halved*
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
Add the vodka, elderflower flavored liquor, apple juice, honey syrup and figs to a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (A muddler is a bartender's tool, used like a pestle, and mash—or muddle—the figs, and add to the shaker. Add ice. Replace the top on the shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into 4 martini glasses. Garnish with figs and fresh thyme.
Honey Thyme Syrup
- 1 cup honey
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
In a small saucepan combine the honey, 1 cup of water, and the thyme. Bring to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.
*If fresh figs are not available, 2 teaspoons of fig preserves can be used. Just make sure to stir the preserves until incorporated and then strain.
And on a healthy note, figs are nutritional powerhouses loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Figs and honey have been shown to do everything from calm stomach troubles to lower blood pressure (and don’t we all need to lower our blood pressure just a little bit). Figs are also thought to have a high amount of Vitamin B5 which makes them so amazing for the skin. So no matter how you slice the fig they make the perfect cocktail!
I feel healthier already. Don't you?
Now, I bet you're wondering ‘ What am I going to pour this amazing martini into?’. Well, Taylor Street can help you with that. Below are a few suggestions that will take your martini up a notch. I've created a search link as well for a great selection of Martini Glasses. Click here.
Of course you're going to need a napkin to place those Fig & Honey martinis on. Share the merrymaking with this Martini Glasses Printed Napkin, offered in multiple color options to add a pop to any party.
We'd love to hear about your Fig and Honey Martini experience. Send us a comment below, tell us on Facebook, Instagram us your Martini (#TaylorStreetLife) or send us a tweet. Right now, I am off to shake up another good ol' fashioned healthy fig & honey martini. You know, for my skin. Cheers!