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Author Notes: There's nothing better than a margarita made with fresh lime juice and just a hint of syrup. This one adds a touch of cilantro, and enhances the flavor of the syrup with coriander and dried chiles. —Patrick Huguenin
Spicy Cilantro Margarita
- 2 ounces tequila blanco, such as Casa Noble
- 1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Bauchant
- 3/4 ounce infused simple syrup (see recipe below)
- 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice (half a lime)
- 2-3 sprigs cilantro
- Rub cut lime on rim of glass and invert glass in a small plate of salt to coat rim.
- Shake cocktail ingredients vigorously over ice.
- Strain into a glass and serve.
Infused Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed in mortar
- 2 dried chile peppers
- Combine water and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Add spices and steep for 1/2 hour, covered.
- Strain into a jar for later use. Makes about 3/4 cup.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Daytime Drinks
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