Consider the childhood snack made from celery stalks stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins. It was playful, simple, and healthy.
We find it in stuffing, soup, and as a vehicle for ranch dressing at parties. Presented with the challenge of getting creative with celery from my co-op basket, I turned to cocktails. Inspired by my time with Left Coast Bartenders' Guild for the Drinking Issue, I knew I wanted to bring the garden into Happy Hour.
makes one cocktail
1.5 ounces of gin (you can use vodka too if your prefer)
1 ounce of lime juice
1 tablespoon sugar or sweetening agent of your choice
2-3 small celery leaves
3-4 cilantro leaves sans stalks
1 cup of grapefruit juice (any citrus juice or soda water will do)
handful of ice
sprig of celery to garnish
Start by stripping the leaves from your cilantro sprigs. Add those leaves to the celery leaves. Add lime juice. Add sugar. Muddle like you would a Mojito, this releases so much flavor from the greenery. Add gin, juice, and ice. Secure something to prevent spillage and shake the mixture a couple times. Garnish with celery stalk and enjoy.