As we wait for Spring to arrive, why not sip on this delicious Cucumber, Pineapple & Celery Gin Cooler. It’s a refreshing drink that’ll transport you to warmer weather, figuratively of course. So while it seems like everyone is traveling down south lately (especially this weekend), we’ll just be here having a drink to warm us up. If you’re stuck in Canada or anywhere cold, have a drink with us. Have THIS drink with us.
The inspiration for our cooler comes from a bar in San Francisco, ABV. Two years ago, Josh and I went down for a quick weekend trip, and we popped into this bar for a drink and some food. The drink in question was a celery gin and tonic, but it used celery bitters and I was amazed at how fresh the drink was. I don’t typically like celery. I can eat it raw with some peanut butter on it, but cooked it is pretty much disgusting. If I know something requires celery for flavour, like soup or a pasta sauce, I’ll mince it so fine it basically disappears in the liquid. So needless to say, I was surprised I liked it.
We changed things up a bit from their drink. The gin, celery bitters and sparkling water were obvious requirements, but we added cucumber to make it even more refreshing, some pineapple juice for sweetness, a bit of salt to bring out the flavours and a little triple sec… because it tasted better with it. It’s a simple but delicious drink, and we think it’s one that will be appreciated even more once the warm weather rolls around. Because it’s somewhat vegetal, we enjoy it before supper, as an aperitif. We hope you’ll give it a try, even if you’re somewhat iffy on celery 😉
Cucumber, Pineapple & Celery Gin Cooler
A refreshing vegetal drink that’s perfect as an aperitif before dinner, or enjoyed on the patio on a hot summer day.
- 2 oz pineapple juice, not from concentrate
- 1 oz gin
- 5 slices cucumber
- 2 dashes celery bitters (we used Scrappy’s)
- 1/4 oz triple sec
- pinch of salt
- sparkling water, to top
Add your cucumber slices and a pinch of salt to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle the cucumber and salt together, until the cucumber breaks down and releases it’s liquid. Add the remaining ingredients to the shaker, fill with ice, add the top of the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into a high ball glass filled with ice and top with sparkling water. Enjoy!