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Garden Party Cocktail

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Serves one.

  • To learn more, read:
    The New Sweet Cocktail
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 104

Ted Kilgore, the beverage manager of Taste by Niche in Missouri, based this cocktail on the natural pairing of agave nectar and tequila, which come from the same plant.

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  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) fresh lime juice
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) agave syrup
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro; more for garnish
  • 3 1/4-inch-thick slices English cucumber
  • 1 1/4-inch-thick slice jalapeño
  • 2 fl. oz. (1/4 cup) 100% agave blanco (silver) tequila, preferably Lunazul

Combine the lime juice, agave syrup, cilantro sprigs, 2 of the cucumber slices, and the jalapeño in a chilled cocktail shaker. Muddle well. Add the tequila and fill the shaker with ice. Put the lid on the shaker and make sure you have a tight seal. Shake as hard as you can for 30 seconds and then strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Rub the remaining cucumber slice around the rim of the glass to season it; then use it to garnish the drink, along with a sprig of cilantro.

To make agave syrup

Combine equal parts light agave nectar and hot water and stir to dissolve. Let cool completely before using. Store in the refrigerator between uses for up to 1 month.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 180; Fat (g): fat g 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 13; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is my new favorite drink! I wouldn't really call it savory. The result is more like a refreshing and modern take on a margarita, with lovely herbal notes and a kick at the end with the jalapeno! I am totally making this for all my future summer parties (and totally using agave syrup instead of regular simple syrup for other tequila-based drinks in the future!) My only gripe was that while the photo shows a large-ish looking glass filled with the cocktail, the recipe makes only about half a drink I would say? I served it in Mason jars and, even filled with ice, they were still only half full of liquid. Just something to keep in mind; the proportions were perfect.

OMG, this is a fantastic summer drink! Layered, complex, has a sweetness without being sweet (no sharpness from the tequila) and the hit of jalapeno is right at the end---way fun! Can't wait to share this one with my cooking club!

A robust and savory drink with a dainty name. Just the right amount of sweetness and acidity for the non-sweet tooth. Beautiful flavors.

This is a wonderful drink, comparable to/ better than many $15 cocktails in speakeasies and lounges in NYC/Philly/DC. It's really well balanced and subtle.

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