Celery Gin Rickey

Cool off with these refreshing Celery Gin Rickey Cocktails, perfect not only for summer holidays but summer every-days!

Celery Gin Rickey Cocktail with lemons

Ted’s Takeover Recipe: Celery Gin Rickey

In our enduring quest for the eradication of summer thirst we now have the ultimate weapon- the Celery Gin Ricky. Now that summer is here, it’s only a matter of time before we get into those listless dog days of July and August when there isn’t even the slightest puff of a breeze.

Well, I’m here to prepare you with a cocktail that will cool your body and mind. It also serves another purpose, which is to liberate celery from the tyranny of the Bloody Mary. After nearly a century of playing a bit part as a garnish in someone else’s drink, it’s high time that celery got a cocktail of it’s own. C’mon, who’s with me on this??

celery soda cocktail

I really can’t say enough good things about Bitter Truth Celery Bitters. My favorite way to enjoy them is simply to put a few dashes over ice and add seltzer water. On the Bitter Truth website, they’re described as “very complex and exotic.

The initial flavor of celery is dominant, leading into a complex palette with aromas of lemongrass, orange peel and ginger”. Now imagine those flavors paired with the typical gin flavor profile- juniper, coriander, citrus peel and pine. Then finished off with the mellow, understated sweetness of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda and you have what can only be described as the most refreshing summer cocktail in all of human history. NOT hyperbole! 😀

celery soda mixed drink

A word of warning from personal experience- this drink goes down a little too easy. Be sure to have lots of Lila Ruth Baked Cheddar and Olive Balls on hand so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.

celery soda mixed cocktail

If you love cocktails, you might also enjoy our:

Black Walnut Old Fashioned

Gibson Cocktail

Happy Cocktail Making!

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Celery cocktail

Celery Gin Rickey

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  • Author: Lila Ruth
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free




  1. Fill a highball glass 3/4 full with ice cubes, add celery bitters first, then the gin and top off with Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda.
  2. Garnish with fresh lemon peel and celery stalk. You can cut a simple lemon peel but if you want to make a long lemon peel twist like we did in our photos, I recommend using a channel knife.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: Drinks

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  1. That sounds perfect for warm weather—-or maybe just turn the heat up on a cold winter’s night! And , yes, I’m with you Ted!!! Free celery from a life relegated to garnish ❤️

    1. Haha! Great idea Annie, crank the thermostat!! And I’m glad you’re with me on this. Hasn’t celery suffered enough??

  2. This sounds so refreshing Ted. I will be sure to have some of those baked cheddar and olive balls on the side! It sounds like an award winning pairing!

    1. Thanks so much Noelle! This drink really does require some kind of snacks to go along with it and the cheddar and olive balls just seemed like the perfect choice.

  3. Outstanding Ted! I can taste the flavor in the photos. Looks incredibly delicious! I have a sneaking suspicion this drink will be on repeat this summer in our kitchen! I will make sure to pair it with some of those baked cheddar and olives.

    1. Hi Natalie, thanks so much for your comment! I could really see this drink becoming a summer happy hour mainstay, it’s just that good. And I wasn’t kidding when I said it goes down a bit *too* easy. Let’s just say that “errors were made” during the testing phase. 😉 😀

  4. Just made this for the first time tonight. I love it. My wife, who was totally skeptical about Dr. Brown’s CelRay loved it. This will be a warm-weather go-to for us.

    1. Hello! I’m so thrilled that you and your wife are enjoying this cocktail. I always hoped that more people would try this one because it really is so refreshing (I did rigorous testing :D). Maybe some people are put off by the idea of a celery based cocktail but it really does hit the spot on a hot day or night. Thank you again for your nice comment!

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