I will say that folks are pretty passionate about their feelings for cilantro. In my very informal and unscientific pole, the cilantro lovers came out ahead! So, in your honor, here is a cocktail that highlights this aromatic herb:
Grapefruit Cilantro Margaritas
Kosher salt for rimming the glass
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice – pink or white
1 oz. silver tequila (I used Patron silver)
1 large cilantro sprig (and more for garnish)
1 lime wedge
Make a simple syrup by dissolving 1 cup of white sugar into 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil until all of the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature, and then cover and refrigerate until cold. Simple syrup will keep in a covered jar for 2 weeks in the fridge. In a cocktail shaker, mix 1 oz. simple syrup, grapefruit juice, tequila, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime. Add ice to the shaker and shake until well chilled. Rim a rocks or martini glass with the lime and dip into the salt. Strain the liquid from the shaker into the glass and garnish with a sprig of cilantro. Makes 1…
A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of being introduced to a lovely California aperitif called Jardesca. Its beautiful bottle and botanical notes of mint, orange blossom, apricots, and grapefruit make it the perfect aperitif to drink with friends in the garden before dinner to whet the appetite and get the party going.
Since mint is is the herb of the week, I wanted to find a cocktail that was refreshing, sophisticated, and fun. The Jardesca Verde fits the bill perfectly. It’s like all the best parts of a summer garden in a glass. I highly recommend seeking Jardesca out if you live in California or ordering online here if you don’t.
Cheers! Please sip responsibly.
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In thinking about this week’s cocktail with the herb of the week – thyme, I got it into my head that the drink needed to have fresh Meyer lemon juice in it too. Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than a regular lemon and are a cross between a regular lemon and either a tangerine or an orange. It’s not really Meyer lemon season, but that didn’t deter me. I sent out a plea to my Facebook community to see if anyone in my neighborhood had a tree with any leftover Meyer lemons. I even offered to hand over eggs from my chickens in exchange (it’s good to give folks a little incentive). People scoured their trees, but unfortunately, the summer harvest is over and the winter fruits are too green. I was about to head out searching for farmer’s markets, but decided to stop at my local supermarket (Gelson’s). Lo and behold, they had Meyer lemons. They were $5.00 for a package of 3 (yikes!), but they were Meyer lemons.
So, I raise my glass to my friends in Valley Village and beyond because sometimes you need life to bring you lemons. Cheers!
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