Good thing this recipe makes extra Celery Simple Syrup because that stuff is so good, you’ll want seconds. For easy entertaining, you can make up these cocktails with gin up to a week in advance and store it in the fridge.
Celery Gin Spritz Gluten-Free Recipe
MAKES 8 DRINKS Also, though it doesn’t taste like it, this cocktail is martini strength; for a lighter version, use less gin and more soda or skip the booze to make fabulous virgin cocktails.
For the Celery Simple Syrup:
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups chopped celery stalks and leaves
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
- 4 limes, 2 cut into thin wheels and 2 quartered
- 16 ounces gin
- 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda or seltzer water
- 8 celery stalks, for garnish (optional)
Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, 2 cups water, the celery, and celery seeds and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, mash the celery a bit with a wooden spoon, and let steep until cool. Strain into a jar or container with a lid and refrigerate until use.
To serve, fill each glass with ice, a couple of 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.
Photography Chelsea McNamara