This cocktail may be a bit more involved than your typical Cinco de Mayo cocktail but it’s absolutely worth it! Plan ahead because you’ll need to soak the California Mission Figs in mezcal for a week until they are nice and plump and the mezcal has taken on their figgy flavor. The good news? The fig-infused mezcal lasts for up to a month, so once the waiting is over, you’ll have sweet, smoky, gingered fig margaritas to sip on as a Cinco de Mayo drink and then all month long, (or until the mezcal runs out!).
Fig Mezcal Margarita Cinco de Mayo Cocktail
- 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs stemmed and sliced
- 1 3/4 cup mezcal
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp fresh ginger peeled and chopped
- 2 ounces Fig-infused Mezcal
- 1/2 ounce Ginger Syrup
- juice of 1 lime
- coarse salt
- lime wedges
- orange wedges
- Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs
Make Fig-Infused Mezcal:
- Combine figs and mezcal in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Seal and leave at room temperature to infuse for 1 week.
- Pour into a blender, blend until figs are completely puréed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all mezcal. You should have about 1 cup of Fig-Infused Mezcal.
- Use right away or keep in a tightly-sealed container for up to a month at room temperature.
Make Ginger Syrup:
- Combine all the ingredients for the ginger syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk to dissolve the sugar and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and steep until cool. Strain out the ginger.
- Use right away or keep in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
Make Fig Margaritas:
- Rub a lime or orange wedge on the rim of a cocktail glass. Dip in coarse salt and fill glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Fig-Infused Mezcal, Ginger Syrup, and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a California Dried fig, an orange wedge and a lime wedge. ¡Salúd!