The Mean Green Margarita
It seemed an eternity. Like we had been stuck in an endless frozen world of cold and despair, but then, as if by some magical spell cast by the weather fairies, Spring came. In our garden the first things to start growing in the spring are the chives, the horseradish, and the cilantro. I know some folks have strong feelings about cilantro, but at the Unconventional Farmhouse we eat it like it’s green gold. We just cant get enough. So when the weather warmed and the cilantro started growing it needed to be put to use immediately.
Another thing that seems to happen when the weather warms is that the pallet starts to change. In the Dark Months all the food and drinks seem creamy, dark, and heavy. All the deserts and big family gatherings just reinforce the feeling of heavy meals and dark milky drinks. In the Spring the body seems to start craving fresh and light. Fresh herbs, fresh produce, fresh life. All those feelings and new life convinced me there needed to be some other use for cilantro than just pineapple salsa and tacos. There had to be some way to use it in a more celebratory manner. A way to tip the hat to the blooming bulbs and budding trees. The answer, as always, was booze.
Cilantro and booze. Booze and cilantro. There had to be some way, some combination that these two could be combined. As always, this idea led to an internet search. So 2 hours later, after I had gone from “cilantro drinks” to “cats killing indoor plants” I got back to the business at hand. I started with the basics. I knew I wanted to create a drink where the cilantro would shine, sort of like a cilantro mojito, but I also really wanted to use tequila as the libation. It seemed like a natural combination. I was actually able to find several ideas online but nothing seemed to be just right. So I just had to wing it.
This is what I came up with. If you like fresh flavors and a little heat to your drinks this could be your undoing.
3 tbsp. fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
3 slices jalapeno pepper or a few dashes of cayenne pepper
1/2 oz simple syrup (dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar in 1/2 cup water over heat to make simple syrup)
2 oz tequila (or more)
Juice from 1/2 a lime
(Makes one serving)
-Combine cilantro, ginger, pepper, and syrup in a shaker then muddle
-Add tequila, lime, and some ice then shake to combine
-Strain into a martini glass and enjoy!!
Give this mean green margarita a try and let us know what you think.