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Sparkling Celery Gimlets

This cocktail was inspired by Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray, a soda from 1868 that was flavored with celery seed.

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  • Yield: Makes 8 cocktails

Photography: Martyn Thompson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2015

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped celery hearts, leaves removed, plus small stalks with leaves, for serving
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)
  • 12 ounces gin, chilled
  • Chilled seltzer and celery seeds (optional), for serving

Directions

  1. Bring 1/4 cup water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely, then refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour and up to 1 month.

  2. Puree celery and 1/2 cup simple syrup in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve lined with damp cheesecloth set over a medium bowl.

  3. In a small pitcher, combine celery syrup, lime juice, and gin. Fill tumblers halfway with ice, then pour 3 ounces cocktail base into each. Top off with seltzer, sprinkle with celery seeds, and serve, with celery stalks.

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