Gardener Cocktail from Matsuhisa

The legendary Gardener from Matsuhisa Vail
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Keywordsgin, mezcal, tequila
Prep Time10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings1 Drink



  • 30 Grams Cilantro Tops
  • 13 Grams Fresh Peeled Ginger
  • 6 Grams Serrano Pepper
  • 12 oz Cold Simple Syrup Must be chilled
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • 2 oz Spirit of Your Choice


  • Combine Cilantro, Ginger, Pepper, and Simple Syrup and Blend until a puree
  • Strain syrup through chinois or strainer into bottle. This should give you about 12oz of the Gardener Syrup.
  • Combine lime juice, 1oz of syrup, and 2oz of spirit to shaker
  • Shake for 30 seconds
  • Strain into coupe or martini glass


Make sure the simple syrup is cold when you put it in the blender, as if it's not it could discolor the syrup.
Also, this recipe makes about 12oz of the syrup. Feel free to double it if you want more.
Refrigerate for up to 3 days, then freeze.