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Cucumber, Cilantro, Jalapeno Gimlet

August 7, 2010 (part of Cocktail Chronicle)

A wonderfully exotic drink. Refreshing and aromatic. The jalapeno just below the surface really perks up your taste buds.

In MIXSHAKESTIR it’s called Kachumber Kooler, a chopped salad found in roadside food stalls in India. I can never remember that name even though I’ve made it many times. It’s a gimlet as far as I am concerned.

I like to make it ahead of time so the mixture gets more out of the aromatics. 2 hours is perfect. 3 hours max. Cilantro turns black and omits a rotten smell when soaked too long. Always taste a tiny sliver of your jalapeño then decide how much to put in. I like mine taste just a hint of spicy but never overwhelm.

Adjust the portion of the aromatics to suite your own taste. You know yourself best.

Based on the Kachumber Kooler recipe in MIXSHAKESTIR (Makes 2):

  • One 3” English cucumber segment, roughly sliced up.
  • 4 thin slices of jalapeno, no seeds.
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro, hopefully organic
  • 3.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) lime juice
  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) simple syrup


  1. Muddle cucumber, cilantro, jalapeno and the simple syrup in a shaker with a long wooden spoon, until it’s all liquidy.
  2. Add gin and lime juice. You can strain, add ice, shake and serve now. OR, put it aside for 2 hours and strain. Before you serve, add ice and shake.

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