Lush Life: A Cucumber, Jalapeno and Cilantro Cocktail

Cilantro ice cubes melt to make an even more delicious fresh-from-the-garden drink.
springtime in baja.jpg

Springtime in Baja cocktail from ONE. Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta

Square meal: Ice cubes made of cilantro let the flavor build as the drink cools off.

Photo by: Image courtesy of ONE. midtown kitchen.

Image courtesy of ONE. midtown kitchen.

Square meal: Ice cubes made of cilantro let the flavor build as the drink cools off.

In the world of mixology, the love-hate relationship with ice cubes has been around as long as bartenders and blocks of ice. Can't drink with them, can't drink without them. But at ONE. Midtown Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia, bar manager Dawn Jones has found a way to work with her frozen friends: For Springtime in Baja, her new garden-to-glass cocktail, she's concocted a cilantro ice cube that both cools down the drink and infuses it with flavor. 

"Making the cilantro ice cubes is a very easy process. I blanch, strain then soak the cilantro in an ice bath before blending it with water," Jones says. "I use King Cubes, which you can find at any specialty cooking store or online. They melt more slowly than the regular size and don't water down the drink so fast. As the cubes start to melt, it changes the whole flavor of the drink and gives it a refreshing, summery flavor and great aroma." 

Springtime in Baha

  • 2 ounces cucumber-infused tequila*
  • ¼ ounces jalapeno tincture*
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave syrup
  • Cilantro ice cube*
  • Cucumber ribbon for garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a Collins glass. Add the cilantro ice cube and a ribbon of cucumber. 

For the cucumber-infused tequila:

  • 4 cucumbers, large
  • 750 ml bottle of tequila

Peel the cucumber, slice vertically and throw them in with the tequila. Let them sit in a cool, dark place for about 2 weeks. Roll the container around every couple of days to mix the flavors. 

For the jalapeno tincture: 

  • 5 jalapenos
  • Grain alcohol

Cut the jalapenos, remove the seeds and barely cover them with grain alcohol in a Mason jar. Soak for about 2 days. This makes a potent mix; taste the mixture every day until it gets to the potency you like. 

For the cilantro ice cube: 

  • 2 bunches cilantro

Blanch the cilantro in simmering water for about 30 seconds, strain it into a sieve or colander then transfer to an ice bath to keep the nice green color. It only needs to soak about a minute in the ice. Then transfer it to a blender and cover with water. Blend thoroughly until all the stems are broken up completely. Then fill the blender with water and blend again for about a minute to ensure everything is mixed together.

Next Up

Canning Peppers DIY

It's easy to pack a pint of pickled peppers.

Try This Savory Vegetable Soup Recipe for a Healthy Meal

With its mix of great flavor, vegetables and legumes, this hearty and healthy clean soup is satisfying and easy go-to comfort food with plenty of iron and protein too.

How to Can Spaghetti Sauce

Modern tomatoes have changed the rules for safe canning.

How to Can Tomatoes

Canning tomatoes is a great, easy way to preserve the season's harvest so that you'll have fresh tomatoes all year long.

Companion Planting With Cilantro

Cilantro serves as a powerful companion plant in the vegetable garden, attracting beneficial insects that prey on insect pests of a variety of crops, including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, beans and more.

A Waldorf Salad Recipe With a Healthy Twist

This classic salad gets a healthy update with the addition of fresh-from-the-garden kale.

Garden to Cocktail: Cilantro Mojitos

These three mojito recipes are for the cilantro-lovers. 

Habanero-Infused Honey Recipe

Bring the heat with this sweet and spicy condiment.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Try this easy recipe for delicious peppers filled with garden flavor.

Thanks a Latte! Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Make your own seasonal coffee drinks at home with this simple syrup using real pumpkin

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Good Bones

6am | 5c

Good Bones

7am | 6c

Good Bones

8am | 7c

Good Bones

9am | 8c

Good Bones

10am | 9c

Good Bones

11am | 10c

Good Bones

12pm | 11c
1pm | 12c
2pm | 1c
3pm | 2c
4pm | 3c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Rico to the Rescue

8pm | 7c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.