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recipe c Johnny-Utah

Photo courtesy Polite Provisions

Johnny Utah

Cool as a cucumber (or a stalk of celery) and a little salty, this drink from San Diego bartender Erick Castro mirrors its namesake, Keanu Reeves’ surfer character from Point Break. Castro makes his own celery seed syrup, but an ounce of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda could stand in as a stunt double. For more cocktails made with celery seeds, stalks and juice, check out the May/June 2013 issue of Imbibe.

2 oz. blanco tequila
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 celery seed syrup
Pinch of salt
1 oz. soda water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: double rocks
Garnish: lime wedge


In a shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, syrup and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water and a pinch of salt. Garnish.


To make the celery seed syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of celery seeds. Allow to cool, then strain. Sealed and refrigerated, the syrup should keep for up to two weeks.


Erick Castro, Polite Provisions, San Diego



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