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Celery Margarita

Early Summer 2018
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food and drink

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Tequila’s vegetal flavours can be striking. Those garden-patch notes are what make it so great in a Bloody Maria, Mary’s tequila-based sister cocktail. Zeroing in on its strengths, this celery-laden version of a Margarita might be even better than the version you already know.

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ½ cup (125 mL) ice, 1½ oz 100% agave reposado tequila, ½ oz Celery Juice (recipe follows), 1 oz Celery Seed Syrup (recipe follows) and 1 oz lime juice. Shake sharply and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a celery stick.

CELERY JUICE

1. Combine 3 chopped stalks celery, ½ cup (125 mL) water and ½ tsp (2 mL) salt in a blender; purée. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and chill for up to a day.

Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

CELERY SEED SYRUP

1. Combine 1 cup (250 mL) each sugar and water in a small saucepan; stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) celery seed, cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth; chill before use.

Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

F201803062.jpg
food and drink

Celery Margarita

Early Summer 2018

BY: Christopher St. Onge

Tequila’s vegetal flavours can be striking. Those garden-patch notes are what make it so great in a Bloody Maria, Mary’s tequila-based sister cocktail. Zeroing in on its strengths, this celery-laden version of a Margarita might be even better than the version you already know.

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine ½ cup (125 mL) ice, 1½ oz 100% agave reposado tequila, ½ oz Celery Juice (recipe follows), 1 oz Celery Seed Syrup (recipe follows) and 1 oz lime juice. Shake sharply and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a celery stick.

CELERY JUICE

1. Combine 3 chopped stalks celery, ½ cup (125 mL) water and ½ tsp (2 mL) salt in a blender; purée. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and chill for up to a day.

Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

CELERY SEED SYRUP

1. Combine 1 cup (250 mL) each sugar and water in a small saucepan; stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) celery seed, cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Strain through several layers of cheesecloth; chill before use.

Makes about 1 cup (250 mL)

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