When one of my bloggy friends asked me to join a new Monthly Ingredient Challenge group, I immediately said YES! Our first challenge ingredient was cilantro, which happens to be one of my all time favorite ingredients. It took me all of about 2 seconds to decide what I was going to make- a drink! This Cilantro Sunrise Cocktail is a bold and flavorful drink that’s full of fresh ingredients (and of course, lots of tequila).
A traditional Tequila Sunrise is made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. That sounds nice, but a bit too tame for my adventurous tastes. I decided to spice it up by adding cilantro, fresh pineapple, mango, and Serrano peppers. That’s right… peppers! Don’t worry, they don’t overwhelm the drink. Instead you’ll find a nice light hint of heat after each sip.
The sweetness of the fresh pineapple and mango offer a nice balance to the cilantro and peppers. The flavors don’t compete with one another, they all seem to get along together quite well (unlike my two children today). In fact, I think this Cilantro Sunrise Cocktail is just what I need after a weekend of playing referee to my rowdy, cranky, dirt-covered boys!
Below are the cilantro inspired recipes from my fellow Monthly Ingredient Challenge bloggers. They are a talented bunch and these dishes look amazing! I hope you take a minute to check them out and Pin those that you love (or Pin them all, that’d be even better)! We’ll be showcasing our Monthly Ingredient Challenge recipes on the 25th of each month, so be sure to come back to see what we’ve cooked up next time. Cheers!