Refreshing Celery Soda
This recipe will make 1 bottle
Celery soda is refreshing in a way only effervescent beverages can quench thirst; a bit sour, a bit sweet, and surprisingly complex with the addition of cardamom pods and the vegetal notes.
I first heard about celery soda this year, while watching an episode from Bon Appétit on YouTube where they visited NYC Sandwich Shop that made there own celery soda! I was instantly intrigued by the prospect, as I had 2 big bunches of celery hanging out in my fridge and not going anywhere fast (there’s only so much celery juice you can drink!).
A quick note; mine contains vodka and makes for a lovely low alcohol summer afternoon drink. However, this soda would still be lovely without it, just add more soda and lemon to the bottle in its place. Pictured below with my raspberry and chocolate macarons, recipes for which are available now under baking!
1 swing top glass bottle
5 large stalks celery
2 large lemons
2 teaspoons of Maldon salt
6 cardamom pods
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup caster sugar
750 mLs soda water or water and a Sodastream machine
1/2 cup vodka (or gin if you prefer)
Wash and thinly slice the celery including leaves. Then wash the lemons, cutting off thick slices all the rind (retain the inside for juice and set aside).
Lightly crush half the cardamom pods.
Bring water and sugar to a rolling boil in a medium sauce pan. Add the celery, lemon rind strips, all the cardamom pods (crushed and whole), as well as salt.
Lower heat slightly and simmer for at least 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Ensure sugar is fully dissolved, if it is remove the saucepan from the heat and using a spider or sieve remove celery leaves and starts, the crushed cardamom pods, and lemon rind strips.
Juice the lemons and add to the celery syrup.
In a swing top glass bottle add the vodka or gin if you are using, celery syrup, and soda water. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
To serve; fill a tumbler or thick walled glass with ice, pour in celery soda and garnish with lemon juice and a slice of lemon or fresh celery. Enjoy!