Celery Gin Fizz 

I know what you’re probably thinking. “She’s taking this kitchen-inspired cocktails thing a little too far. A celery flavoured drink? Really?” Well, all I can say in response is don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, especially if you prepare it with fabulous, local celery as I did thanks to Just Farms at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. This is one awesome libation. Fresh, fizzy and a just a little sassy – don’t be surprised if your friends suddenly think you’re a mixologist par excellence after you serve up a round of these beauties.

With just a hint of celery flavour, this cocktail has an intriguing, refreshing flavour.

With just a hint of celery flavour, this cocktail has an intriguing, refreshing taste that will both surprise and delight your guests.

Ingredients

For the celery syrup:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) celery leaves (or ¾ cup / 185 mL chopped celery stalks)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) white sugar

For one cocktail:

  • 5 oz (45 mL) gin
  • ½ oz (15 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 5 oz (45 mL) celery syrup
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Celery stalk for garnish

Method

  • Combine celery leaves (or chopped stalks), water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain syrup into a clean jar; cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days.
  • To make one cocktail, fill a cocktail shaker or 500 mL jar (with lid) with ice.
  • Add gin, lime juice and celery syrup.
  • Cover and shake well for 1 minute to blend and chill the drink.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass. Add 2 ice cubes and top with soda water. Garnish with a celery stalk.

Recipe makes 1 cup (250 mL) of celery syrup.

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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