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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. 

Ingredients

For the Celery Simple Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups chopped celery stalks and leaves
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds (optional)
  • Ice

For serving:

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.