Drink Recipe – The Queens Cocktail

More refreshing drinks from a super-hot Coastal Empire summer when we all had colds! From August 24, 2012, from New Amsterdam’s Facebook page. I can’t find the recipe online now, though, or I’d link to it.


The Queens Cocktail

2 ounces vodka or gin

4 sprigs cilantro

2 1/2 ounces pineapple juice

2 pinches ground ginger

1/2 oz lime juice

Muddle cilantro (or basil) until juicy, add all other ingredients, shake hard with ice, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pineapple chunk and cilantro.

I used vodka, and I used 1 1/2 ounces of it (New Amsterdam’s recipes tend to be a little heavy on the alcohol, which can be fun but can mess with the flavor of a drink). I had purchased cilantro that I had intended to use, but when I pulled it out to use it it had gone bad. So we used fresh basil from the backyard. And we COULD have used martini glasses, but had already had a couple drinks that night and didn’t want to create more dishes, so we used the glasses we already had.

This initially felt good since we were all a little congested, but it was a lot of strong flavors and the ginger (we think) started to burn on sore throats. We added a little more pineapple juice, but club soda or sprite might’ve been good, too.

Maybe I’ll have to try it again in the future with the cilantro and some gin. Cheers!



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