Sipping a cilantro martini at Green Cilantro
When I first heard of the Cilantro Martini at the new Green Cilanto in Fells Point, I knew I had to try it.
Mint makes regular appearances in mixed drinks like the mojito and, of course, the mint julep.
But cilantro? In a cocktail?
The menu lists the Cilantro Martini at $10, but the two times I've been there, the servers have insisted it's $6.75. That makes it one of the cheaper martinis in the city.
Not being one to knock a discount (I'm pretty sure they didn't know I was reviewing the drink), I didn't quibble about the price.
The martini is made with citron vodka, a splash of gin and cilantro and limes muddled in sugar. It's served in a stemless martini glass -- a non-traditional way to serve a non-traditional drink ...
"We sell quite a few," a bartender named John said when I called.
How was it? Refreshing. Really refreshing, actually. Mint can have a sharp flavor, and it can be hard to find middle ground when you're using mint. But cilantro sets a much softer tone in a drink.
My only problem with the martini: They didn't strain it well enough. There were chunks of cilantro floating in the top of the drink. And that, gang, is almost unacceptable.
I say 'almost' because I didn't let it stop me from drinking the martini. But it is a potential turnoff. Martinis aren't supposed to have anything floating in them (except, maybe, olives that have somehow escaped the little plastic sword thingy).
Another potential turnoff: the cilantro. Before reading this Sun piece, I had no idea about the deep-seated hatred some people harbor for cilantro. Geez.
If you're not a cilantro-hater, and you don't mind a few little green bits of the herb bobbing around the rim of your drink, give the Cilantro Martini a shot.