For a refreshing summertime drink that blends a classic cocktail with everyone’s favorite white wine punch, try this unexpected and unexpectedly delicious Celery Cucumber Gimlet White Sangria.
Celery Cucumber Gimlet White Sangria
Disclaimer: This recipe was sponsored by Dandy Farm Fresh Foods. Thank you for supporting the brands with whom I work, as well as supporting me in the partnerships that allow me to continue being able to create and share recipes with you through this blog. As always all opinions are my own.
Do you have a drink of choice in the summer months? I’m happy to drink wine almost any time of the year. I am usually more in the mood for a cool, crisp white when the weather is warm, but if we are grilling steaks, I want a nice Cabernet. Sangria is always nice too, especially with fresh summer fruit.
Speaking of fruit, when I was younger, I always wanted those fruity drinks, often pink in color, and frequently made with coconut rum -Malibu Bay Breezes, Cosmopolitans, thats sort of thing. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found them to be too sweet for my taste. Lately I’ve ventured into things like a good Dark and Stormy or Moscow Mule.
However, not being a cocktail connoisseur, I’m always afraid to get too adventurous when I am at a restaurant or bar. So believe it or not, the old school gimlet, well, I’ve never had one until a couple months ago. And it wasn’t even a classic gimlet. Would you believe it was made with celery?
As I mentioned, I was at the Food Wine Conference back in May, and one of the sponsors, Dandy, hosted two incredible events. One was a fabulous brunch with a waffle bar, egg dishes, Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and more featuring their abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. But what was also unforgettable was the swanky after-party with desserts and drinks featuring Dandy celery! Those crunchy green stalks are for more than just dipping in hummus, filling with peanut butter, or chopping up to put into a soup or a stew. While I couldn’t sample the celery pound cake due to my gluten allergy, people were raving about it. Yes, celery in desserts!
However, I did get to sample the celery cocktails, and what stood out for me was the Celery Gimlet – a little sweet, a little tart, and so refreshing. So I was inspired to combine that cocktail and combine it with another of my summertime favorites and make this…
Celery Cucumber Gimlet White Sangria is just as refreshing as the gimlet but by combining it with a nice, crisp sauvignon blanc for additional flavor complexity and to transform it into a perfect party drink. Mix up a big batch and let it sit in the fridge till your guests arrive. There’s some simple syrup for that little touch of sweetness, but the addition of lime keeps it from being too sweet. The celery and cucumber add the freshness that make it perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. So go grab yourself a bag of Dandy celery from your local Publix or other retailers across the country and make it happen!
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- One 750 mL bottle Sauvignon Blanc
- ¼ cup gin
- ¼ cup simple syrup *see Note
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- two stalks Dandy celery, cut into about 2-3 inch pieces
- one medium cucumber, thinly sliced
- 2-3 limes, thinly sliced
- additional celery, cucumber, and lime slices for garnish, if desired
- Combine all of the ingredients except the ice in a pitcher and stir. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, and add ice to the pitcher as you set it out, or into the individual glasses.
Enjoy this Celery Cucumber Gimlet White Sangria recipe!
Why not take the rest of your celery and dip it in one of these…
- Healthy Honey Mustard Dip
- White Truffle Parmesan White Bean Hummus
- Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Hummus
Here are some more sangria recipes from around the web…
- Green Bloody Mary from Platings & Pairings
- Celery Gimlet from Shutterbean
- Celery Cilantro Cocktail from Skinnytaste