Celery Bitters cocktails:
The Fourth Regiment is one of those cocktails that has a murky history, an aspect that is not only intriguing but also let’s us try the variations and see which side we fall on. In 1931, the Gentleman’s Companion gave a recipe for the Fourth Regiment which calls for orange, Angostura and celery bitters. But there is supposedly an older reference which uses Peychaud’s bitters instead of Angostura bitters. While I like the Angostura version, you should try both!
1 ounce rye
1 ounce sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica)
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
1 dash celery bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir well. Strain into a coupe or lowball. Serve up and garnish with lemon peel.
A cocktail styled for a superhero? Don’t mind if we do.
1 1/2 oz. gin
1 1/2 oz. fresh celery juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Dash celery bitters
1 oz. tonic water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Combine all ingredients, except tonic, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with tonic.
Tona Palomino, Trenchermen, Chicago courtesy of Imbibe.com.