You Did What to Celery?
We were looking for something else — 42 Below Fiejoa at Mesa Liquor & Wine Co. on Convoy, San Diego, famous for its selection of beers. They didn't have Fiejoa; instead they showed us Peppercorn Celery vodka by Modern Spirits in a wee-little bottle. We didn't get that, but it did inspire us this Thursday.
We were cooking together — I making baked corn-bread-like goods, and he making braised short-ribs and root vegetables in a foil pouch. Savory smells and sweet tunes all around, we threw together this new cocktail recipe. A bright, fresh green concoction… I LOVE it. It may be my new favorite.
The big question is … What should we call it? Put your suggestions below and let's vote!
| Side Note: Celery Soda
Do you remember Celery Soda? It was supposed to cure all your ailments — or that's how I remember it works. I haven't tried it, but we tracked down a version of the original and ordered it. Can't wait!
: Not-Yet-Named Celery Peppercorn Cocktail
CAUTION: Read directions fully before making.
30-45 minutes ahead of time, drop peppercorns into vodka. (You can also do this with a whole bottle days ahead of time.) When peppercorns release their golden hue, you're ready.
Put a sieve over the shaker. Pour in vodka (toss peppercorns). Grate celery (use a blender for a more potent celery flavor) and squeeze lemon into sieve. Push through. Remove sieve and dump pulp. Add syrup and ice to shaker. Shake!
Serve up. Float a celery leaf on top to garnish.
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