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Happy Hour: Cilantro Martini

I met two of my oldest gal pals for happy hour at Two restaurant here in San Francisco. We sat at the bar and acted the way long time girlfriends usually do when they see each other: giddy. Laura, who is a member of the staff at Two, told me that I had to try the cilantro martini. Using cilantro to infuse a cocktail?! Pure genius! This cocktail was smooth and refreshing - an absolutely excellent aperitif. My tastebuds were souring, my palette tantalized, and my heart racing (not from the drink but from the very cute bartender!). Like any resourceful party gal I ran home and worked out the recipe on my own. Like cilantro? Like vodka? Make this cocktail for your next happy hour! To get the recipe just

Cilantro Martini
Inspired by a cocktail consumed at Two restaurant

heaping handful fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated and minced
juice from 1 lime
1/2 oz
Simple Syrup

2 oz citrus flavored vodka (recommended Ketel One Citroen)
1/2 oz gin (recommended Bombay Sapphire)

  1. Fill shaker with crushed ice, cilantro, lime juice, and simple syrup. Muddle well.
  2. Add vodka and gin shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail shaker and enjoy.

Serves 1.

Join The Conversation
StilettoSecrets StilettoSecrets 9 years
sounds kind of awesome
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
awesome color
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This sounds very interesting. And I do love cilantro...
msshellokitty msshellokitty 10 years
It doesn't seem like cilantro and vodka go together.I would try it though.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 10 years
love cilantro on food, but in a martini? sounds gross but i feel as though i should try it....
RedPointyHeels RedPointyHeels 10 years
Vodka + anything = I will probably drink it, and I think that goes for cilantro!
Luckybird Luckybird 10 years
I cannot stand cilantro either, but I'd probably give it a try, maybe it works...maybe.
designergirl designergirl 10 years
Sounds interesting. I'd definitely try it. It kind of looks like soup, though. I wonder if you could infuse the cilantro into the syrup somehow... Maybe not...
nycgirl nycgirl 10 years
EWW! Out of all the spices/herbs out there, I absolutely detest cilantro. I always request for it not to be on my plate. Reading this makes me cringe! :)
SaraSmile SaraSmile 10 years
No gracias. Cilantro needs not to be anywhere but Mexican food (sorry, I know this makes me a bad foodie, but I dont love it).
PinkTulip PinkTulip 10 years
Cilantro hmmm...I dunno...but if you say its good I trust your opinion!
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
Am I the only one who think Cilantro tastes like what I think Comet (the cleaner) would taste like!? I've heard you love the stuff or hate it, and I'm definitely in the not diggin' it group! I am about to enjoy some Caipirinha's this fine (almost) summer evening!
Food Food 10 years
I had one of these as well, it was absolutely refreshing!
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
I second that Katie.
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 10 years
Weird, but very tempting.
rb24 rb24 10 years
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