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Photography, Jonathan Chovancek

Celery Vesper Martini

Lauren Mote's take on this vintage cocktail introduces an unexpected ingredient.

The Vesper, traditionally made of gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc, is a perfect in-between cocktail with big potential. That’s why it was the perfect starting point for this cocktail. Lauren Mote’s spin here is the celery, a revelation in any form in both cooking and drinks – you just have to be bold enough to use it.

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Celery Vesper Martini

Lauren Mote's recipe for a Vesper Martini featuring a unique celery flavour and garnish.
Course cocktail, drink
Cuisine British, Canadian, English
Servings 1


  • oz gin
  • ½ oz aquavit
  • ¾ oz Lillet aromatized wine
  • 1 dash preserved lemon brine
  • 1 dash celery bitters like Bittered Sling Cascade Celery
  • 1 dash orange bitters like Bittered Sling Orange & Juniper

To Garnish

  • celery ribbon
  • strip lemon peel


  • Fill a mixing glass with ice; add gin, aquavit, aromatized wine, lemon brine, celery bitters and orange bitters. Using a bar spoon or long spoon, stir for 15 to 20 rotations.
  • Using julep strainer or small fine-mesh sieve, strain liquid into a Nick & Nora glass or coupette.
  • To garnish, curl celery ribbon and drop into glass. Twist lemon peel directly over cocktail to release natural oil; discard peel.

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Excerpted from A Bartender’s Guide to the World: Cocktails and Stories from 75 Places by Lauren Mote and James O. Fraioli. Copyright © 2022 Lauren Mote and James O. Fraioli. Cover and book design by Terri Nimmo. Cover and book photography by Jonathan Chovancek. Published by Appetite by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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