Making a Chamomile Celery Sour
You read it right, celery in a drink other than a Bloody Mary. And this time it's teamed up with of all things, Organic Chamomile Lemongrass. Its fresh apple and hay tasting notes offer a lovely laid-back contrast to the bold earthiness of good ole celery. Enjoy this mocktail straight up in a chilled glass, or over ice with a splash of soda or tonic water. The Chamomile Celery Sour is a quirky, refreshing and delicious winner!
Prepping this recipe comes in two parts, neither of which is difficult. You can easily make everything ahead of time. Leftover celery simple syrup will give other nonalcoholic or spirited cocktails a vegetal lift.
Organic Chamomile Lemongrass - Delightfully Versatile!
Celery Simple Syrup – Yields One Cup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup celery leaves (option – ½ cup celery leaves & ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves)
- 4 whole allspice berries
- 10 whole black peppercorns
- pinch of sea salt (optional)
- 1 cup water
- In small saucepan, combine sugar, allspice, peppercorns, and salt (if using) with water.
- Heat over low, stirring frequently until sugar completely dissolves.
- Remove from heat and add celery leaves (and parsley leaves, if using).
- Set aside and steep for 1 to 2 hours, then strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Refrigerate in a tightly lidded container for up to 3 weeks.
Chamomile Tea Base – Yields 2 Cups
- 2 Organic Chamomile Lemongrass teabags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf)
- 2 (3-inch) pieces of lemon peel
- 2 cups water
- Heat water to temperature suggested for the tea.
- Add tea and lemon pieces to a saucepan and pour over hot water, allowing to steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove tea and lemon pieces and allow to cool completely.
- Refrigerate in a tightly lidded container for up to a week.
To Prepare the Chamomile Celery Sour – Yields 1 Drink
- ½ lime, cut into quarters
- ½ celery stalk, sliced into ½” pieces
- 1 ½ ounces Celery Simple Syrup
- 6 ounces chilled Chamomile and Lemon tea
- In a cocktail shaker add lime, celery pieces and simple syrup. Muddle to smash and release the lime’s juices.
- Add chilled Chamomile and Lemon tea and ice. Shake for a good 15 seconds at least.
- Strain and serve in a chilled Nick and Nora glass, champagne coupe or flute.