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
Test Kitchen Notes
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
For the cocktail
peeled, chopped Granny Smith apple
celery infused gin (see below for recipe)
fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used Meyer)
For the celery infused gin
6-inch length of crisp green celery stalk (end trimmed)
6-inch length of an inner celery stalk with leaves (end trimmed)
crushed green anise seed (can substitute fennel seed)
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
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.
My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love.
Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.