Cilantro Martini

I wanted to get this drink recipe out as quickly as possible because its that good. I am not as easily impressed by drinks these days but this one really surprised me, it has a wonderful flavor without being too herb-y. If you hate cilantro (Mom) then this is not the drink for you, but if you don’t mind it then don’t let the strangeness of an herb being in your drink stop you from trying it. The cilantro flavor is very mild and incredibly refreshing. Both my husband and I thought is drink is the best we have had in a long time. So get yourself some cilantro and drink up, you wont be disappointed.

Cilantro Martini:

From the book: Hip Sips

Crushed Ice (I crush two cubes)

5 to 7 fresh Cilantro leaves

2 1/2 ounces of your favorite Vodka

1 ounce fresh Lemon-Lime juice

1 ounce Simple Syrup

Lollipop Rim

Muddle the crushed ice and cilantro leaves in a cocktail strainer until the ice is slushy and the cilantro is evenly smashed among the ice. Add the vodka, lemon lime juice and simple syrup, then fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with the lollipop rim. Enjoy.  Makes one drink.

For the simple syrup, take equal part sugar and water put them in a sauce pan and heat up until it comes to a boil or the sugar dissolves. Let it cool.

For the lollipop rim, simply take superfine or regular sugar and put it on a plate, run a lime across the top of the glass and dip it into the sugar, to rim it.

Lemon/Lime juice is simply equal parts fresh lemon and fresh lime juice. Make a bunch and freeze it in ice cubes for later!

Oprah’s Lemon Drop Martini


This has been one of my favorite drinks for years now. It its sweet and refreshing and the addition of mint really adds something. You cannot necessarily taste the mint but in my opinion it’s what makes this drink for me, well that and the sugared rim. :) If you can score some fresh lemons from someones tree (thank you neighbor) it really knocks this out of the park. My husband and I spent a good hour juicing lemons after a friendly lemon tree raid. I would recommend doing it in daylight, my daughter’s Princess flashlight was a rather pathetic supply of light and didn’t keep us from being attacked by the tree but in the end it was still worth it.  A word of caution, this drink is rather stiff, so although it goes down smooth it will sneak up on you with quite a punch.

Oprah’s Lemon Drop Martini

  • 3 oz of your favorite vodka
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP of sugar, and more for the rim
  • 4 mint leaves, torn

Take your cocktail shaker and combine all the ingredients with ice and shake. Take a chilled martini glass and rub a lemon wedge around the edge and rim with sugar. I use a mint leaf for garnish, you can also curl some lemon rind. This recipe will make one drink.



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