Celery Lavender Martini

Celery Lavender Martini
I had another food dream. The last time this happened I came up with about a dozen pizza combos. This time I debated whether or not to share the story because you may think I’m a little nuts, but what the heck…

I was out in the mid-west somewhere (the land was flat for as far as the eye could see), my step father and I were plowing the fields getting ready for plantin’ season, but as the plow churned the moist mahogany soil, pale green ice kept coming out of the ground in chunks. The contrast was so beautiful I was compelled to grab a handful and taste it.

Upon hitting my tongue I instantly recognized it as sorbet. It wasn’t just any sorbet though, my senses were hit with a floral nose grounded by a mellow vegetal taste and there was a tart citrusy finish. It was definitely celery, lavender and lemon juice. I woke up bleary eyed a few moments later, but remembered my note pad on the nightstand and jotted it all down.

Celery, lemon juice and lavender in the blender

I’ve been too lazy to put the ice cream maker in the freezer but I wanted to recreate the flavors before it escaped me, so I turned it into this fantastic cocktail. I don’t blame you if you’re skeptical but this isn’t some nasty V8-like concoction. The celery and lavender are both very subtle and well balanced with the sugar and lemon juice.

Now that I’m jobless, I need to look for ways to cut back, and this makes for a suitable alternative to a $15 cocktail:-)

for mix
1 C celery chopped
1/2 C water
1/3 C lemon juice
1/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp lavender

for cocktail
1.5 parts mixer above
1 part good gin (like Hendricks)

Puree the ingredients for the mix in a blender until you can’t see any whole bits of lavender anymore. Strain through a very fine mesh sieve or chinois pressing on the solids. Dump the solids in your sieve, wash it, then pass the liquid through again, but this time don’t press on any solids that accumulate in the sieve.

To make the cocktail, just fill a shaker with ice then add 1.5 parts of the mix to 1 part of gin. Shake well and pour into a martini glass to serve.

  • http://www.whiskblog.com/ Shari

    This sounds refreshing!

  • http://www.whiskblog.com/ Shari

    This sounds refreshing!

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    I love this. I think celery is underrated. We use it all the time without a second thought and it really is a unique taste. In fact, I want to make some celery soup now…. You should enter a drink contest with this!
    Sometimes I still have dreams about waiting tables, even though it’s been decades since I uttered that awful line, “are you ready to order?” And the dream is always the same theme, too many guests and I can’t take care of them all!

  • http://tastewiththeeyes.blogspot.com/ Lori Lynn

    I love this. I think celery is underrated. We use it all the time without a second thought and it really is a unique taste. In fact, I want to make some celery soup now…. You should enter a drink contest with this!
    Sometimes I still have dreams about waiting tables, even though it’s been decades since I uttered that awful line, “are you ready to order?” And the dream is always the same theme, too many guests and I can’t take care of them all!

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com/ Heather

    ohh, i love a good cocktail. this one looks so lovely and refreshing. how creative!!

  • http://diaryofafanaticfoodie.com Heather

    ohh, i love a good cocktail. this one looks so lovely and refreshing. how creative!!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Again, I have to say that your dreams are amazing! To think that you dream up these flavour combinations…love that you turned it into a cocktail.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Again, I have to say that your dreams are amazing! To think that you dream up these flavour combinations…love that you turned it into a cocktail.

  • Emily

    This blog is fabulous!
    I really like the creativity that goes into each of your recipes, as well as the consideration of flavors and how they will mesh together. I’m jealous of your cooking skills :)

  • Emily

    This blog is fabulous!
    I really like the creativity that goes into each of your recipes, as well as the consideration of flavors and how they will mesh together. I’m jealous of your cooking skills :)

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ We Are Never Full

    hmmm. i can totally see how this works. sounds LOVELY and refreshing and would def. get me drunk. perfect combo!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com We Are Never Full

    hmmm. i can totally see how this works. sounds LOVELY and refreshing and would def. get me drunk. perfect combo!

  • http://vindelatable.blogspot.com/ Vin de la Table

    Looks great. I’d be willing to give cucumber a part in the mix too.

  • http://vindelatable.blogspot.com Vin de la Table

    Looks great. I’d be willing to give cucumber a part in the mix too.

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com/ Peter

    Everytime you bang out a drink I’m going to be transported to that cocktail bar we went to. I just hope I don’t get carded for ID again!

  • http://www.kalofagas.blogspot.com Peter

    Everytime you bang out a drink I’m going to be transported to that cocktail bar we went to. I just hope I don’t get carded for ID again!

  • http://chefsgonewild.blogspot.com/ Zenchef

    Wow.. I wish i could say my creations come to me in dreams but, i’m still waiting! :-)

    This is very creative! Love the idea of celery with lavender and lemon. Sounds like a good supporting cast.

  • http://chefsgonewild.blogspot.com Zenchef

    Wow.. I wish i could say my creations come to me in dreams but, i’m still waiting! :-)

    This is very creative! Love the idea of celery with lavender and lemon. Sounds like a good supporting cast.

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com/ Darius T. Williams

    U know what the rim calls for? Crushed soda crackers – ohhh, I bet this would be great!

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com Darius T. Williams

    U know what the rim calls for? Crushed soda crackers – ohhh, I bet this would be great!

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com/ Syrie

    Marc, you’re a modern day alchemist. This is a fascinating combination. I hope things get better on the job front.

  • http://allthingsnice.typepad.com Syrie

    Marc, you’re a modern day alchemist. This is a fascinating combination. I hope things get better on the job front.

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    oooo i’m really liking the look and sound of this!anything lavender is great for me!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    oooo i’m really liking the look and sound of this!anything lavender is great for me!

  • http://www.goldcoast-healthcare.com/ David Bornilla

    looks delicious!

    nice blog

    Regards
    David

    http://goldcoast-healthcare.com

  • http://www.goldcoast-healthcare.com David Bornilla

    looks delicious!

    nice blog

    Regards
    David

    http://goldcoast-healthcare.com

  • http://www.lovely-lavender.com/ Lavender

    I am always on the look out for creative drink recipes, and I think this one really qualifies! I can’t wait to try it – espeically since I am a huge fan of lavender. I’ll have a drink and hope that you have more productive dreams :)

  • http://www.lovely-lavender.com Lavender

    I am always on the look out for creative drink recipes, and I think this one really qualifies! I can’t wait to try it – espeically since I am a huge fan of lavender. I’ll have a drink and hope that you have more productive dreams :)

  • http://madball911.blogspot.com/ Vicki

    Just made this today – 2 of 3 adults in the house liked it. Very interesting, like nothing I’ve ever had before. Tastes like a health club drink, but much better!

  • http://madball911.blogspot.com Vicki

    Just made this today – 2 of 3 adults in the house liked it. Very interesting, like nothing I’ve ever had before. Tastes like a health club drink, but much better!

  • Pingback: Bull & Bear Restaurant – Orlando, Florida

  • Pingback: Top 5: Drinks Real Men Don’t Order | Foodily Blog

Welcome!

I'm Marc, and I want to teach you some basic techniques and give you the confidence and inspiration so that you can cook without recipes too!

Fantasy seafood pasta
Shrimp Shumai
Clafoutis
Outram Ya Hua
Green tea pulled pork
Orlando Restaurants Round 2
Pasta Carbonara