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A tart, interesting, refreshing cocktail – great for a crowd.

SPARKLING CELERY GIMLET

sparkling celery gimlet

1/4 cup sugar

3 cups coarsely chopped celery stalks, leaves removed

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

12 ounces gin, chilled

chilled seltzer for serving

Bring 1/4 cup water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely, then refrigerate, covered until chilled.

Puree celery and 1/2 cup simple syrup in blender until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve set over a pitcher.

Add lime juice and gin to the pitcher. Fill glasses halfway with ice, then pour 3 ounces cocktail base into each. Top off with seltzer and serve.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

www.marthastewart.com/

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