Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Jul 4, 2013

Celery & Cilantro Cocktail

Last week, I was on a three-day BluePrint Juice Cleanse, and after you come off of these things, you have to eat of lot of green, raw veggies.  I had a fridge absolutely full of celery, cilantro, parsley and cucumber, so this recipe for a Celery & Cilantro Cocktail from Sweet Paul was the perfect way to use up some of these ingredients.  Oh, and it was darn tasty too.  The original recipe called for citrus-flavored vodka, which I never have (I just can't do flavored vodka), so opted for some good ol' Grey Goose instead.  It's an incredibly refreshing and herbal cocktail for the summer.  I'm looking forward to making these for my girlfriends for Friday cocktail hours.
Celery & Cilantro Cocktail
  • 2 small celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka (I used Grey Goose)
  • Cilantro and celery leaves for garnish
- In a shaker, muddle the celery and cilantro with the simple syrup.
- Add the lime juice, vodka and ice and shake.
- Double strain through a small, fine-mesh sieve into an ice-filled glass.
- Garnish with some cilantro and celery leaves.