Every time John and I buy a head of celery for a recipe, inevitably there are a few sad stalks unused and left to wilt in the crisper. But with this veggie-infused gimlet, there will be no sad celery in our fridge!
1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh celery juice
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz syrup
Combine lime juice, syrup and mint leaves in a mixing glass; muddle gently. Add gin, celery juice and ice; shake well. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a freshly slapped sprig of mint.
Notes: The star of this cocktail is fresh celery juice; run a stalk through your juicer, pulverize it in your blender and then strain the solids with a cheesecloth, or pick up a few ounces at your local juice joint. John recommends playing off celery's herbal notes with a complimentary London Dry gin like Beefeater, or using a more neutral gin like our old favorite, Plymouth.