It's that time of year again! Towards the end of summer and early Fall the market floods with juicy, ripe black mission figs. If you have never tried figs, you are missing out. Their sweet, delicate flavor makes them a wonderful compliment in a number of dishes. 
Personally, I am a big fan of eating them as is, or tossing them in a light salad with a little lemony vinaigrette. This time, I decided to try a little different approach and make fig preserves. It's one of the quickest and simplest preparations, and gives you a ton of fun options once you have it made. 
Fig Preserves: 

1lb. organic black mission figs

3 lemon zest slices- large pieces

1 Tsp cinnamon

½ Tsp vanilla extract

½ cup sugar

4 Tbsp. red wine

Cut figs in half and remove stem. Place in a bowl and add lemon zest, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugar and red wine. Set aside in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Using a small pot, place fig mixture inside, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes uncovered. Note: this is not actually canning fig jam. This method will keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
Just a warning… this fills the kitchen with the most AMAZING smell. Your friends and or family may believe that cinnamon buns or cookies are in the oven. Enjoy with a toasted english muffin and butter or fresh scones for breakfast.


Now for a brunch cocktail to go with those scones!
To piggyback on the last recipe, I also love figs in a variety of cocktails. This is by far my favorite way to make a flavored margarita.  
Fig Margarita:

Rocks glass

1 Tsp. fig preserves

½ Tsp. organic agave nectar

1/3 cup orange juice

8 ounces tequila

¼ Tsp. grated ginger (optional)

Rosemary sprig or fresh raspberry for garnish

In a rocks glass combine ice, your homemade fig preserves (see recipe above), agave nectar, orange juice, tequila and ginger. If you have a tumbler, give it a really good shake for about 1-2 minutes. If you do not have a tumbler simply transfer your concoction from one glass to another mixing your ingredients well. Garnish with a rosemary sprig or fresh raspberry.



Kristin A.
09/16/2013 9:46am

I love figs as well. I tried the margarita and added a little triple sec as well. It was awesome!

Jen Derwickki
09/16/2013 11:39am

Very lovely pictures. Glad I stopped by the site today.

Melissa B.
09/20/2013 4:34pm

Kristina, thank you for sharing. Beautiful space you have created here and a wonderful recipe!

09/26/2013 2:48pm

i looooooooooooove figs great ideas! i like fig jam in my rugelach! now i can use this to make it!

09/26/2013 3:16pm

Thank hun! Hope you enjoy.

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