Red Passion

Photo: Red Passion

TOTAL TIME: 28 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 15 min
Cook: 3 min
 
YIELD: 1 drink
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro Syrup, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons rose water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grenadine
  • Ice
CILANTRO SYRUP:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
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Directions

In a blender, combine the strawberries, Cilantro Syrup, rose water, and grenadine and process until well blended and smooth, 15 to 20 seconds. Pour the strawberry puree into a large martini glass.

Put 3/4 cup ice into a cocktail shaker and add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, Triple Sec, and tequila. Shake well for 10 seconds to chill the ingredients. Strain into the martini glass over the strawberry puree. Garnish with cilantro sprig.

In a 1-quart saucepan, combine the sugar and water and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved and the syrup is hot, remove from the heat and add the chopped cilantro to the pan. Allow the syrup to cool for 15 minutes, then strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve. Discard the solids. The syrup may be made up to 2 weeks in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.

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