Rooting for an underdog? Enter cilantro. Yes, cilantro – that utterly divisive greenery of the garden. It’s the unlikely star of the Lost in Austin at Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar.
Mingled with 1 1/2 oz. Tito’s vodka, 1/4 oz. crème de cacao, the zip of 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice and one dash of zippy Boy Drinks World serrano cocktail spice bitters, a little cilantro syrup* – 1/2 oz., to be exact – adds a note of singular herbaceous-ness to this citrusy, sunny and vaguely chocolatey sour. It drinks like a daiquiri that’s packed its bags and moved to Mexico. In a tin, shake all ingredients together with ice and strain into a stemmed glass. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.
*To make cilantro syrup, add 1/2 pound cilantro leaves to one quart of equal parts water and sugar. Simmer in a saucepan for 15 minutes, stirring a few times throughout. Strain and cool.
Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar
4166 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
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