Spicy Cilantro Margarita

By Patrick Huguenin
April 1, 2015
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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

Makes: 1

Ingredients

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

Infused Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed in mortar
  • 2 dried chile peppers

Directions

Spicy Cilantro Margarita

  1. Rub cut lime on rim of glass and invert glass in a small plate of salt to coat rim.
  2. Shake cocktail ingredients vigorously over ice.
  3. Strain into a glass and serve.

Infused Simple Syrup

  1. Combine water and sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add spices and steep for 1/2 hour, covered.
  3. Strain into a jar for later use. Makes about 3/4 cup.

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