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The Cilantro by Chris Parke

May 11, 2012

Raphael in Studio City specializes in American food with global influences and the cocktails created by mixologist Chris Parke follow suit, utilizing seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables that pair nicely with items on the menu. Some of the herbs he uses are also grown on the restaurant's green wall garden, which was the inspiration for a savory drink called the Cilantro. Made with tequila, fresh cilantro, spicy jalapeño slices and lime, the Cilantro is a lot like Mexico in a glass.

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The Cilantro by Chris Parke

2 ounces Karma Tequila

Fresh cilantro

1 ounce agave nectar

1 ounce fresh lime juice

2 slices jalapeño

Muddle jalapeño and a pinch of fresh cilantro in the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass with ice and pour in tequila, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake well and strain over ice into a bucket glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and an orange twist.

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Raphael, 11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (818) 505-3337; http://www.raphaelonventura.com.

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Jessica Gelt

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