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Mint-Ginger Caipiroska

All kinds of cocktails perk up when herbs are added to the mix. The key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils is muddling -- done with a traditional bar tool (that's similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves) or the end of a wooden spoon. Try these cocktails: Cilantro Negroni, Tequila-Thyme Lemonade, Basil French 75

  • Yield: Makes 1

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2011

Ingredients

  • 3 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • 5 mint sprigs
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Muddle ginger with sugar in a glass. Add mint sprigs. Muddle until fragrant. Add vodka and ice. Garnish with mint. Stir.

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