The Ultimate Garden Cocktail

The celery gimlet, designed by Naron Young of NYC's Saxon & Parole, is the ultimate garden cocktail. Actually, it's just the ultimate cocktail plain and simple—but its vibrant green hue and delightfully bright-yet-earthy flavor make it especially welcome on a warm summer night. It does require some work: lots of celery- and lime-juicing which is a bit tedious, and multiple ingredients (including green chartreuse which is expensive). Nevertheless, the effort is well worth the trouble, and the liqueur goes a long way. 

 Guests sampling a pre-party gimlet. 

Guests sampling a pre-party gimlet. 

In preparation for a weekend getaway on Lummi Island hosted by photographer Stephanie Eburah and Cambria Cox of Field Trip Society, I juiced ten bunches of celery and 5 pounds of limes for the inaugural cocktail hour. A gallon of celery juice is overkill for a group of ten people, but my motto when prepping for festivities is to err on the side of abundance. Plus, I just recently discovered the amazing health benefits of celery juice, so I figured I'd balance out my alcohol consumption with a week of post-party cleansing. Win-Win. Ice-cold celery juice with a packet of Stevia is fantastically refreshing. I'm now a big fan. Try a glass of juice and/or the celery gimlet and I predict you'll be smitten, too. One final note: I added some simple syrup to make the gimlet a bit sweeter than Saxon and Parole's recipe, but the appropriate level of tartness or sweetness is subjective. So sweeten or not to your own particular taste. 

 Stephanie Eburah and Cambria Cox

Stephanie Eburah and Cambria Cox