Celery in a cocktail? As I was standing at the kitchen country chopping up stalks and then squeezing celery pulp into my strainer for the Gin Hound cocktail I had to hesitate. Left with the resulting cloudy, soupy green liquid I didn’t think the Gin Hound was going to be good, I thought it was going to be weird. I’m happy to say I was wrong.
While obviously useful to garnish a Bloody Mary, I don’t otherwise think of celery when mixing up a drink. As it turns out though, celery is a popular ingredient for drinks and a quick Google search turns up lots of fun recipes. Apparently I’m late to the party on this; Imbibe even featured celery as a trendy ingredient in a 2013 article with four recipes from well-known bars. As Joaquim Simo notes at the top of the spec though, celery has a ton of flavor, so it’s perfect for savory cocktails and the Gin Hound is a simple showcase for it.
Gin Hound Cocktail Review
The honey syrup is genius; the floral quality goes so well with savory drinks. When you taste the raw celery juice as well, it has some sweetness to it, but it’s a natural sweetness that I think would clash with simple syrup. The more you sip this cocktail the more all the components make complete sense. In fact I would say celery and lime is a perfect combination. But despite these strong flavors, I find the Gin Hound has a subtle quality, though it builds over time. If you were afraid this would explode with celery flavor, don’t be. I’m not sure I’ll make this very often, but this spec embodies the whole point of the Death & Co. project on this blog – I would have never made this drink if I was just perusing the book casually. Now that I’ve tasted it though, I see the benefit and it makes me interested to try more drinks like it. Recommended for people with tastebuds who like to learn.
Rating: 3 / 5
Gin Hound Cocktail (adapted from Death & Co.)
- 2 oz. Gin (Tanqueray)
- 1/2 oz. Celery Juice
- 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
Combine all ingredients in a tin and shake with ice. Then strain into a coupe and serve up, no garnish.