Grapefruit gin & tonic with cilantro

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Author Notes: On the long list of botanicals commonly used in making gin, coriander is the herb that caught my eye. If coriander seeds are used in gin, why not flavor a gin & tonic with the leaves? (By the way, the coriander plant in the US is known as cilantro.)

Here fresh cilantro leaves are placed in a shaker along with grapefruit juice, lime juice, gin and bitters. During the shaking process, the ice cubes crush the tender leaves and allow them to release their aromas into the mixture. The result is a refreshing and superbly aromatic gin & tonic, so enticing that you’ll undoubtedly want a second round!
Viviane Bauquet Farre


Serves 2

  • 3 ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 dashes grapefruit or lemon bitters
  • 3 sprigs cilantro - tough stems removed
  • 6 ounces tonic water
  • 2 sprigs cilantro as garnish
  1. Fill a shaker two thirds of the way with large ice cubes. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, bitters and cilantro. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into two old-fashioned glasses filled with several ice cubes. Top with the tonic water and give the drinks a quick stir. Garnish each glass with a cilantro sprig and serve.

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