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Spicy Cilantro Margarita

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

serves 2


  • 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
  • ice
  • 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.

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  1. Oooh! I want one right now! Wait it’s only 10:00 in the morning — better go eat breakfast first.

  2. Still thinking if this is a good idea though. I must give it a try.
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  3. Hmm. Time to put that muddler to use, maybe as a reward for finishing the taxes?
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  4. I love this drink from Flemings. Sometimes I find myself longing for it but it’s way across town and I think their food is overpriced. Thanks for this recipe. I’ll try it and let you know if I fall in love.

  5. I found an online recipe that says it’s the Flemings recipe. Made both. Like both. But liked the other one a bit more as it had more lime juice and less jalapeƱo. Here is the link. http://bestofthebestdiningchicago.com/2012/03/06/swing-into-springs-best-cocktails/. See what you think. Happy tasting. I love this drink.

  6. Actually, we also had this drink at SaltGrass Steak house and we asked the waiter what was in it. It is made with Monin Habenero Lime Syrup. We couldn’t find this particular syrup at our liquor store, they had all of the other Monin Syrups though, so I made my own by making a simple syrup with Habeneros. You Muddle the Lime and Cilantro in the glass, add the Patron Silver Tequilla, Margarita mix and syrup. Add ice and shake, garnish with Cilantro. So good!

    • Oooooh, I will have to look for that syrup (or make my own, like you did). Thanks for sharing!

      • Here is another recipie that I think you would like also, Lizz.

        It is called Spice and Ice. Blanco Tequila, Mango Puree or Nectar, Lime juice, Ginger-Habanero Syrup. Make your simple syrup with Habanero and Ginger Root. Add all, ice and shake! Rim glass with lime juice and Chinese 5 spice with cinnamon and sugar added to it. The place where I had this drink served it with Candied Ginger which you can also make! :-) Enjoy!

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