Celery Sour

Weirdly enough, this smells and tastes like celery
1 14 oz Gin, Broker's
1 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
34 oz Lemon juice
14 oz Fernet Branca
14 oz Pastis, Herbsaint
2 ds Bitters, Bitter Truth (Aromatic Bitters)
1 twst Lemon peel (Garnish)
Instructions
Shake, strain into a coupe, garnish with a wide lemon peel
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4 Comments

christina in tacoma's picture

I really like this! Very

I really like this! Very refreshing. I had to make a couple of substitutions based on what I had: Obsello Absinthe Verte for the Herbsaint, and Bombay Sapphire for the Broker's. I had Bitter Truth Celery Bitters, and used those (is that what you intended?). I would love to know if this gets me in the right neighborhood... I like Fernet and anise flavors in small doses, and for me, this is a really good application. Thank you.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Christina, Thank you for the

Christina, Thank you for the kind comment and the new cocktails. My intent was to make a cocktail that smelled like celery without any celery in it, the way a Jasmine builds pink grapefruit flavors through lemon and Campari. It was completely accidental. I was playing around with St. Germain, and I love both Fernet and the sour family, and the St. Germain + Fernet was interestingly green. Herbsaint with the two of those brings it very very close to smelling like celery. 

As for substitutions, Sapphire for Broker's should be fine. Herbsaint is probably more sweet than your absinthe. And while you can use BT Celery Bitters, I don't think they're necessary. I think the Herbsaint is the important thing for you to get.

Thanks,

Zachary

christina in tacoma's picture

Thanks Zachary, I added the

Thanks Zachary,

I added the Herbsaint and the Angostura orange bitters to my (ever-growing) list. I am glad you guys didn't feel spammed with my cocktail additions to your database:) I was really happy to find a place to 1) consolidate my bookmarks, and 2) share with the hope that I could make a like-minded soul happy. I'll report back after trying this again with the specified ingredients.

Zachary Pearson's picture

Christina, Nah, it's great.

Christina,

Nah, it's great. Herbsaint is one of those things that will last forever, but is indispensable to a small handful of cocktails, the best well known of which, of course, is the Sazerac. I like the Original (100 proof, orange label) version of the stuff, if you can find it.

Thanks,

Zachary