A tart, interesting, refreshing cocktail – great for a crowd.
SPARKLING CELERY GIMLET
1/4 cup sugar
3 cups coarsely chopped celery stalks, leaves removed
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
12 ounces gin, chilled
chilled seltzer for serving
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 until chilled.
Puree celery and 1/2 cup simple syrup in blender until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a pitcher.
Add lime juice and gin to the pitcher. Fill glasses halfway with ice, then pour 3 ounces cocktail base into each. Top off with seltzer and serve.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart