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Garden Party Cocktail

Scott Phillips

Servings: one.

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.


  • 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

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 180
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 0
  • Carbohydrates (g): 13
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 0


  • 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.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • joyfullady | 07/15/2019

    This is a fantastic drink! It got rave reviews from my guests. I made a big batch (each ounce is a cup, etc.) and I muddled all the cucumbers, jalapenos, and cilantro, and I left them to sit in the lime for about half an hour before straining them into the tequila. It's always terrific to have a specialty drink for a party already premade.

  • butta211 | 04/29/2016

    This is a perfect cocktail! Tastes like a spa in a glass. I served mine in a margarita or martini glass otherwise there's no way this would make enough for a large glass as shown. I also add triple sec or cointreau instead of agave. Finally I marinate my tequila in the jalapeno so less to muddle. Delicious!!

  • barbKap | 06/06/2012

    This cocktail is new to me and looks worth trying, I've been collecting cocktails and I've found a lot at ZCOCKTAILS.

  • ginevra123 | 05/08/2012

    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.

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