Green With Envy

By • March 13, 2012 • 34 Comments

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Author Notes: Infusing gin with celery and a touch of anise seed adds a savory quality to its crisp, floral juniper fragrance and taste. Muddling Granny Smith apple, provides a flavor contrast that while sweet, is also sharp enough to stand up to the briny gin. Bitters and Tabasco add depth and a bite of spice that lingers, making this cocktail dangerously delicious. Although this is simply a modified gin sour, the combination of woodsy green hued gin, tart apple and a pungent kick made me think of Snow White and a cocktail fit for the Evil Queen, hence the name. gingerroot

Food52 Review: This smart cocktail from gingerroot combines spice, sour, bitter and sweet flavors into a harmonious cocktail with an interesting herbal note. Everything is nicely balanced with no diva ingredients stealing centerstage. Just a lovely, refreshing beverage. Stephanie Bourgeois

Makes 1 cocktail

For the cocktail

  • 1/4 cup peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple
  • 2 ounces celery infused gin (see below for recipe)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used Meyer)
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Dash Tabasco
  1. Muddle apple in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add liquid ingredients.
  3. Fill shaker with ice, close and shake vigorously for 5-7 seconds, until shaker is frosty and cold. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with tender celery stalk if desired. Enjoy and repeat. Sharing optional.

For the celery infused gin

  • 1 6-inch length of crisp green celery stalk (end trimmed)
  • 1 6-inch length of an inner celery stalk with leaves (end trimmed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed green anise seed (can substitute fennel seed)
  • 2 cups gin
  1. Cut celery into two-inch lengths. Combine ingredients in an airtight container, such as a quart jar. Allow mixture to infuse for 2 days, shaking jar a few times a day. On the second day, strain out solids, return infused gin to jar and refrigerate until needed.

Comments (34) Questions (0)

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5 months ago Brenda Adelson

Nice -- the celery/apple/lemon is refreshing and crisp. I agree that green tabasco would be a nice touch, and garnishing with celery leaves and apple slice bring out the green color. Use a neutral gin (I used Bombay Sapphire), not one that has its own strong flavor/aroma (much as I love Blue Coat, I don't think it would mix well here).

A note: I used agave syrup instead of simple syrup, and I don't recommend it. Though the flavor was nice, it destroyed the color.

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about 1 year ago beejay45

Wow! My BFF and I were just saying that celery is really an underused flavor, and there you go! I am going to do this, but with the green Tabasco - for the color and I like the taste better. Thanks, gingerroot.

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almost 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Love the photos! Looks too good!

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

I totally agree, KB! James Ransom's photographs are stunning.

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about 2 years ago Cfrancke

Phenom!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, Cfrancke!

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about 2 years ago gluttonforlife

Can't wait to try this! I think I'll have to incorporate some lovage--it's the only thing up in my garden...

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, gluttonforlife! I hope you enjoy it...and I'd love to hear how it turns out with some lovage - I'm starting some in my garden now.

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about 2 years ago Midge

What a brilliant combo, gingerroot. I bet it's super refreshing.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, Midge!

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about 2 years ago Ms. T

Yum! My favorite color :)

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, Ms. T! I hope you enjoy it if you try it.

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about 2 years ago enbe

Yup I'm making this.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, enbe! Enjoy!!

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about 2 years ago cjzern

Celery. Infused. Gin. I could hug you.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, cjzern! The hardest part was the two day wait time...

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about 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

gingerroot, you is a BRILLiant girl! And i love clever titles.
p.s. try it with star anise some time, in place of the anise. (I liked what star anise did to celery in my various recipe entries.)

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Aw, thanks LBF. Star anise sounds interesting...will keep that in mind for the next batch!

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about 2 years ago wssmom

LOVE!!!!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, wssmom!

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about 2 years ago meganvt01

Amazing. Celery and gin would be a fabulous combo.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, meganvt01!

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

I'm not much of a cocktail drinker, but this sounds fabulous and very refreshing!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks so much, EmilyC!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, hla! It is pretty tasty, and goes down a little too easily.

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

whoops. how did this end up here?

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about 2 years ago cheese1227

I could use one of these right now!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thanks, cheese1227! I'd love to serve you one.

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about 2 years ago cheese1227

Oh God, now there is even a picture!!!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Now thats a great drink! Love the celery infused gin and great addition of the green anise!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Thank you, sdebrango!

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about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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I'll take two of these, also. ;)

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Coming right up, mrslarkin! If only. . .

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

What a fabulous sounding cocktail!