Celery Tonic

I promised three drink recipes this week and here is number two. This is another one that features our celery bitters and which can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. As crazy as it may sound, we usually make the non-alcoholic version.  If you don’t have a bottle of Two Drunkards Celery Bitters, some good commercial ones have recently become available. I urge you to steer clear of Fee Brothers Celery Bitters, though. They have a very artificial flavor.

Celery Tonic
We’ve discovered that there aren’t a lot of things that are more restorative after overindulging, or just refreshing on a hot day, than a tall glass of soda water and ice flavored with several dashes of bitters. We usually don’t add any sweetener, but a little bit of simple syrup really helps bring out the lovely vegetal notes of the celery in this drink.
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 cocktail
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 dashes celery bitter (or more to taste)
  • 6 oz soda water
  1. Add simple syrup and bitters to a tall glass and stir.
  2. Add several cubes of ice, fill with soda, stir again and enjoy.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lemon if you’re feeling festive.

I usually enjoy this as a non-alcoholic drink, but there is no reason you couldn’t replace an ounce of the soda water with vodka or London dry gin. In that variant, I would add the alcohol to the glass with the ice and stir before topping off the glass with soda.

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About Nathan Schmidt

Recently retired after two decades as a state government attorney in California, my lovely wife Kate and I have relocated to midcoast Maine where we are restoring a 214 year old house, updating a cottage to rent as an Airbnb, and exploring the sites and flavors of our new home.

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