Celery Gin Spritz
There's a new reason to save all the leftover celery you end up with when buying it for a recipe or snacking. Mixed with gin and lime the herbal sweetness of celery makes an extremely refreshing cocktail that pairs perfectly with food. Don't shy away from using all those bushy leaves, that's where all the intense flavor is.
For the Celery Simple Syrup:
2 cups sugar
2 cups chopped celery, stems and leaves
1 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
16 ounces gin
1 liter bottle club soda or seltzer water
4 limes, 2 quartered and 2 cut into wheels
8 celery stalks, for garnish (optional)
In a small saucepan combine and bring to a boil over high heat the sugar, 2 cups water, the celery, and celery seeds. Stir, turn off the heat, and let stand until cooled, occasionally mashing the celery a but with a wooden spoon to release the flavor. Strain, transfer to a jar or plastic container with a lid, and refrigerate until use.
To serve, fill a glass with ice. Add a few lime wheels, 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce celery syrup, and a squeeze of lime juice. Stir, top with club soda and a celery stalk, and serve.