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Cilantro Cooler
© Wendell T. Webber

Cilantro Cooler

  • SERVINGS: Makes 1 drink

According to Jamie Boudreau, a good aperitif often hints at the meal that will follow. This light, summery cilantro-spiked drink—which Boudreau likes to mix with a eucalyptus-infused simple syrup—would be a great lead-up to Mexican food.

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  1. 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  2. 5 cilantro leaves, plus 1 flowering cilantro sprig for garnish (optional)
  3. Ice
  4. 2 ounces vodka
  5. 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  6. 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  7. 1 ounce chilled club soda
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and cilantro leaves. Add ice and the vodka, lime juice and Simple Syrup and shake well. Double strain into an ice-filled collins glass, stir in the club soda and garnish.