Cilantro Ginger Martini

Cilantro ginger martini.

Cilantro ginger martini.

I have spent 12 hours this week working on the kitchen. At 11:30 P.M. last night, I finished priming. My back ached, my calves were sore from climbing up and down the ladder, and my hand had been transformed into a claw in the shape of a paint brush handle. I deserved a little treat.

Warm weather makes me crave spicy, zesty flavors even more than usual and I’ve had an itch all week to use cilantro in a cocktail. Enter the cilantro martini. I used this recipe, with 3 alterations, which are noted below.

I loved it. It was spicy, strange, and strong. Definitely not a drink for everyone, but I could imagine this being delicious with Mexican food.

Cilantro Martini

  • heaping handful fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated and minced
  • * juice from 1 lime (I used lemon)
  • * 1/2 oz Simple Syrup (I used honey)
  • 2 oz citrus flavored vodka (I used my own lemon-infused vodka)
  • 1/2 oz gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
  1. Fill shaker with crushed ice, cilantro, lime juice, and simple syrup. Muddle well. *Note: I diced my cilantro prior to muddling. This wasn’t intentional, but more a symptom of exhaustion. I ended up liking the bits of cilantro floating in my drink, though I bet many would not. Conclusion: If you don’t want green stuff in your glass, skip the knife. 
  2. Add vodka and gin shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail shaker and enjoy.


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