Cucumber Cilantro Margarita

Cucumber Cilantro Margarita

Whether you're looking for a drink to serve on taco night or cool you off on a hot day, you need this Cucumber Cilantro Margarita in your life. Muddled cucumber, cilantro and orange-flavored liqueur add a fresh flavor twist to a classic lime margarita. Make one drink for yourself, or mix up a batch to share!
Prep 10 Minutes
Total 40 Minutes
Servings 1

Ingredient List

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 slices English (seedless) cucumber
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz clear orange-flavored liqueur
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • Additional cucumber slices, if desired
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Preparation

  1. To make Simple Syrup, mix sugar and water in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Transfer to storage container. Cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. Makes 1 1/4 cups.
  2. To make margarita, add 4 cucumber slices and sprigs of cilantro to cocktail shaker; break up with muddler or spoon. Add 3/4 oz of the simple syrup, the tequila, orange-flavored liqueur and lime juice. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously. Strain into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with additional cucumber slices.

Expert Tips

  • Want salt on the rim of your cilantro-cucumber margarita? Pour flaky salt into a shallow dish. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of the cocktail glass, then dip either half or entire rim into salt. Shake off excess salt.
  • If at all possible, opt for fresh lime juice instead of bottled for this Cucumber Cilantro Margarita recipe. In a bright, refreshing cocktail like this one, it makes a huge difference.
  • For a pretty garnish, peel half of the skin of the cucumber in strips before slicing. Cut 1/2 inch off each end of the cucumber. Peel strips lengthwise, about 1/2 inch apart, leaving 1/2-inch strips of peel intact, then slice.

Nutrition

Calories200(Calories from Fat0),Total Fat0g(Saturated Fat0g,Trans Fat0g),Cholesterol0mgSodium0mgTotal Carbohydrate12g(Dietary Fiber0g Sugars10g),Protein0g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A6%;Vitamin C8%;Calcium0%;Iron0%; Exchanges:0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:1 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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