This weekend I took Kate to dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse as a treat for getting our wedding ring shopping completed. We never go to steakhouses, so I thought it'd be a nice surprise. When I discovered they were having a surf & turf special, the deal was sealed. Kate was treated to a filet, lobster tail, salad and side, while I found a few veg-friendly appetizers & sides to build myself a very good meal - and I even had leftovers.
However, I'm not here to talk about the food. I'm here to talk about the drinks! I had a cocktail containing Hendrick's gin, fresh blackberries, lime, & ginger. It was tasty, but not much ginger flavor. However, Kate's drink was really, really good. I was immediately transported back to our Santa Fe vacation after taking a sip of her Mad Milagro Margarita. This was not your standard margarita. It was tequila muddled with cucumbers, lime, jalapeno, and cilantro. It was so fresh and not too sweet.
I decided to try to recreate it at home. I don't think I matched it exactly, but Kate & I agree that it is quite good. Here's what I did:
Spicy Cilantro Margarita
- 1/5 of a cucumber, peeled & seeded
- 1/4 of a jalapeno, minced (more or less, to taste)
- small handful of cilantro leaves (about 1/4 cup, loosely packed)
- the juice of 1/2 a lime
- 3 teaspoons agave syrup
- 2 shots of tequila
- club soda/sparkling water
- Thinly slice 1/2 of the cucumber and set aside. Dice the rest.
- In the bottom of a martini shaker or large glass, muddle together the cucumber chunks, jalapeno, and cilantro leaves until pulpy. (You can use the handle of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler.)
- Add the lime juice and agave syrup to the martini shaker and mix thoroughly.
- Add the tequila and ice to the shaker, attach the lid, and shake until chilled, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If you don't have a martini shaker, you can use 2 different sized glasses that can nest within one another.)
- Divide the mixture between 2 highball glasses, and garnish with reserved cucumber slices.
- Top each glass with club soda, gently stir to combine, and serve.