I love cilantro and almost always have it in the house. I usually grow my own but this last year I have not been able to keep it growing, so I've been buying it. This means I have to use it up within a few days. I had a bunch that needed to be used so decided to do this cilantro and tequila chicken recipe, though I make a cilantro salsa topping for mine.
Of course, I needed a cocktail to enjoy with the dinner so I thought I'd try a Cilantro Margarita. I love having my Cilantro Martini and a margarita was just a hop, skip and tequila shot away from that. It had to be pretty good too, right?
2 Oz. Tequila Blanco
2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Oz. Simple Syrup
1/3 Cup Cilantro Leaves
Garnish: Fresh Cilantro Sprig
Tools: Cocktail Shaker
Glass: Margarita (or something fun, here I used a decorative flower pot, one with our a drain hole in the bottom, of course.)
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into the ice-filled glass. Garnish and serve.
If you want a more powerful cilantro flavor, gently muddle the cilantro, lime juice and simple syrup before adding and shaking with the ice and tequila.