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Recipe adapted from Erick Castro, Polite Provisions, San Diego, CA
Yield: 1 drink, plus about 1 cup extra syrup
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup celery seeds
2 ounces blanco tequila
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
Dash celery bitters
1 ounce club soda
Lime wedge, for garnish
1. Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. In a heat-safe bowl, whisk the boiling water, sugar and celery seeds until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside at room temperature until cool, about 25 minutes. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl and strain the celery seed syrup, discarding the celery seeds. Refrigerate in an airtight container until chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 2 weeks.
2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, lime juice, celery bitters and ¾ ounce celery-seed syrup. Cover and shake well, then strain into an ice-filled double old-fashioned glass. Top with the club soda and stir to combine. Garnish with the lime wedge and serve.
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