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A Walk in the Garden

True to its name, this cocktail made with celery juice and fennel-infused gin, and garnished with a bright slice of star fruit, looks as refreshing as it tastes.

 

2 oz. fennel-infused gin (see below)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 oz. agave nectar
1 oz. fresh celery juice (see tip)
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, fine-mesh strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: star fruit slice

Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass and garnish.

To make the fennel-infused gin, infuse 3 sliced fennel bulbs in one 750-ml bottle of gin. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks before straining.

 

You can buy celery juice at a juice bar or make it yourself with a juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, purée celery in a food processor, then strain the juice through a fine-mesh sieve.

 

Matthew Biancaniello, Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles

 

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