Monday, March 25, 2013

Spicy Gin and Tonic

I know we're all supposed to be positive on Mondays, but I am already ready for this week to be over. I have a big deadline for one of my editors this week and, well, let's just say I like to procrastinate...and now I'm dealing with the consequences.

As much as I'd love to drink this cocktail right now tonight, I'm hoping to get some work done - but you guys should definitely enjoy one (or two). This beverage reminds me a lot of my Jalapeno-Cilantro Tequila and Tonic, but it's made with gin, and is a little bit easier to assemble. The cooling cilantro mixed with the spice from the jalapeno is one of my favorite combinations, and this libation just screams spring. And I don't know about you guys, but I am so ready for spring.

Spicy Gin & Tonic
Yields: 1 cocktail
-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro 
-2 slices jalapeno (I used jarred jalapenos)
-2 ounces gin
-Fresh lime juice
-Simple syrup
-3 ice cubes
-Tonic water
-Extra cilantro and 2 jalapeno slices for garnish (optional)

1.) In a cocktail shaker, muddle cilantro leaves and jalapeno slices with a wooden spoon for about 1 minute. Pour in gin and a generous splash each of the lime juice and simple syrup; shake vigorously.
2.) Place ice cubes in a whiskey glass (or one of similar size). Pour gin mixture over the ice, and fill the glass the rest of the way with tonic water. Stir, and garnish with extra cilantro and 2 jalapeno slices.

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Easy, delicious, and delightfully spicy. I can't wait to have another one of these on Friday evening!

What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. This looks so delicious. Yeah, I am also looking forward to the week being over. And hoping it gets warmer and less dreary!

  2. I am SO ready for spring. Every week, I expect to see warmer weather in the forecast. This drink sounds like a great way to feel like its warm out, at least!

    1. I check the forecast every Sunday, crossing my fingers for at least 45 degree weather haha. Looks like this will be a good week <>!

  3. I am SO ready for this week to be over, too!! Counting down the hours (note: there are A LOT of them). This cocktail on a Monday night would make things go easier :)

    Good luck with all your work!


    1. Thanks, Sues! And glad I'm not the only one who's ready for the weekend. ;)

  4. Definitely sounds spring-y. And I am so ready for spring too. I would love for this week to fly by. I need another weekend already.