While attending a mixology class, I learned how to make different simple syrups, including celery-flavored. This in turn lead to playing with different ingredients and alas, the Zesty Celery Sour was born! Don't be fooled by the celery - it might sound weird, but it surprises everyone that tries it! I developed the recipe using pickled jalapenos, however I have since made it with fresh and it's equally as tasty. This will make enough simple syrup for several drinks.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
3 mins
18 mins
1 cocktail


Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Celery Simple Syrup:


Instructions Checklist
  • Place celery, celery seed, and salt in a food processor. Pulse several times until completely blended. Press mixture through a fine mesh strainer with the back of a wooden spoon into a bowl; you will be left with about 1/2 cup of liquid.

  • Place celery liquid and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until needed.

  • Place ice, vodka, 3/4 fluid ounce celery simple syrup, lemon juice, and 2 jalapeno slices in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds; strain into an ice-filled cocktail tumbler. Garnish with remaining jalapeno slice.

Cook's Note:

For a sparkling twist, strain cocktail ingredients into a taller glass filled with ice, and top off with club soda.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of celery simple syrup. The actual amount of syrup consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

543 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 112.4g; fat 0.7g; sodium 978.7mg. Full Nutrition

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What a refreshing treat after a long week at work! I splurged and had two. The first was on the rocks and then for the second I went with sparkling version and used club soda. Both were equally good so it really just depends on what you are in the mood for. My husband and I both loved the flavor combo and this is one I will make often this summer. Thanks for sharing! Read More