It is freezing.
Cold temperatures make me long for warmer days and higher temperatures. I figure if the temperatures aren’t going to increase, I can at least get a little taste of summer at home. Even though pineapple can be found year-round, there’s just something summery and beachy about it. Usually, I drink Moscow mules year round but having one on a warm summer day is the best.
No it really is.
rarely never have beverages with cilantro in them – I mean it’s pretty rare, don’t you think? Or am I missing out on some new trend that I’m not cool enough to know about? I’ve tried all kinds of random – some might even say weird – ingredients in beverages and foods. The pineapple cilantro combination isn’t necessarily “weird” but it sure is interesting. This cocktail is actually quite refreshing and not overpowering with cilantro. I think most would like it unless you’re in that odd group of folks who dislikes cilantro. I love it but apparently my BFF is not a cilantro fan – tragic. If it’s cold where you are, here’s a cool beverage to help you remember once upon a time when it was warm. Sigh.
Recipe very slightly adapted from Beard + Bonnet
6 cilantro leaves
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
ginger beer (I like the Reed’s brand)
pineapple chunk, for serving (optional)
Gently muddle the cilantro leaves in a glass to release their oils. Be careful to not be too rough with the leaves. You don’t want to tear them apart when you muddle them.
Add ice to the top. Pour the vodka over the ice; add the pineapple juice, lime juice then top with ginger beer. Stir and serve.
*makes one drink