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Mar 5, 2022

Gin and Celery Tonic

This Gin and Celery Tonic is as about refreshing as cocktail can be. The green color is so appealing and it makes you feel like consuming a cocktail is almost healthy.


Gin and celery tonic cocktail with bottle of gin.

This celery tonic lends itself perfectly to the herbal notes of gin. I'd suggest a botanical gin such as Hendrick's or St. George's, but any herbal or London dry gin will do. If you like gin, this cocktail will make you very happy. And if you think you don't care for gin, maybe you should give it another chance!

This cocktail doesn't require a lot of ingredients. 

Ingredients for a Gin and Celery Tonic:

Gin: I recommend a botanical gin. 

Celery: This is a great way to use up some of the celery that might be losing some of its crispness in your vegetable bin. You can use both the stalks and the leaves of the celery. 

Lemon Juice: I used Meyer lemon juice, but any fresh lemon juice will work with this recipe. 


Ice cubes: Both for the shaker and the glass

Gin and celery tonic cocktail ingredients chopped up.

How to Make a Gin and Celery Tonic:

First, finely chop celery stalks. 

Next, add the chopped celery to the bottom of a cocktail shaker along with the lemon juice and sugar. Muddle these ingredients together with a muddler. Top with ice cubes and add the gin. Shake the ingredients vigorously. 

After that, fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 

Finally, strain the shaker ingredients into the glass and serve. 

Gin and celery tonic cocktail in a glass with ice.

Celery is a wonderful ingredient. I usually keep a bunch in my crisper, and just for dipping or to garnish a bloody Mary

Chop it up and add it to soups, make homemade pesto with the leaves, try a citrus and celery salad, or make a celery root soup appetizer

Celery is not just for cutting calories! And it's actually pretty nutritious. 

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This week the Sunday Funday group is celebration National Celery Month with recipes where celery is the star:

Gin and celery tonic cocktail in a glass.

This is an updated post, first published in August, 2014. I've added a printable recipe card, new information, and updated photos. 

I first saw this cocktail in the September, 2014 issue of Bon Appetit and had to make it the minute I saw it. 

Gin and Celery Tonic Recipe

Gin and Celery Tonic Recipe
Yield: 1 cocktail
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This Gin and Celery Tonic is as about refreshing as cocktail can be. The green color is so appealing and it makes you feel like consuming a cocktail is almost healthy.


  • One large celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 ounces gin


  1. Place the celery, lemon juice, and sugar into the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle the ingredients until liquefied.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and add the gin.
  4. Shake for about 60 seconds.
  5. Strain the ingredients over an ice filled cocktail glass.

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  1. This summer cocktail sounds SO refreshing - perfection! What a fabulous combination of flavors. Adding it to my must-try list!

  2. This seems very special. I don't drink alcohol, but if I did, I'd sure try this.

  3. Wow I love the color! Not a big celery fan though :-) I might try this on Ben!

  4. What a virtuous cocktail. A great way to consume your veggies LOL.

  5. For most of my life I thought I didn't like gin but back in 2013 we reconnected with an old friend who loves gin and collects bottles like other people save trading cards or old comic books. What we figured out through multiple tastings was that I am not a fan of juniper but I love gins that are less juniper intensive! Your cocktail would be the perfect, refreshing tipple on a hot summer evening, Karen!

    1. We aren't quite as crazy as your friends, but we do love gin! And there are so many these days!

  6. Must try this celery and gin drink, it has a beautiful hue!

  7. Karen love gin and am always looking for new ways to enjoy a gin cocktail. With celery, this sounds absolutely delicious. Will be giving this recipe a try.

  8. I love a good gin and tonic, I am intrigued!


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