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This cilantro pisco smash is inspired by Malina Bickford’s lovage aquavit smash, but here the Scandinavian spirit is swapped out for Peru’s iconic pisco. Aromatic, herbal, and subtly sweet, it pairs well with cilantro for a bit of freshness.

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Makes 2


cup sugar


Tbsp. cilantro leaves with tender stems, plus more for serving


Tbsp. fresh lemon juice


Tbsp. fresh lime juice


Tbsp. Peruvian pisco


Step 1

Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let simple syrup cool.

Step 2

Muddle 3 Tbsp. cilantro with lemon juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add pisco and 2 Tbsp. simple syrup. Fill shaker with ice and shake until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into 2 rocks glasses filled with ice. Garnish with cilantro.

Do Ahead: Simple syrup can be made 3 weeks ahead. Transfer to an airtight container; cover and chill.