Celery Cup No. 1

Celery Cup No. 1 Cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
183 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 183
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 92mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The celery cup no. 1 is a refreshing interpretation of the Pimm's Cup, a popular spiked lemonade drink from the United Kingdom. This recipe was created by H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir Saloon in San Fransisco for Square One and it features their amazing organic cucumber vodka.

In the cocktail, the vodka and Pimm's Cup No. 1 (a gin-based liqueur) are paired with cilantro, celery, and English cucumber. The result is a tantalizing summer concoction with all the freshness you could want.


  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro

  • 1 (2-inch) piece celery stalk, reserve top for garnish

  • 1 (1-inch) slice fresh English cucumber

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 ounces cucumber vodka

  • 1/2 ounce Pimm's Cup No. 1

  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cilantro, 2-inch piece of celery, cucumber, and lemon juice into a pulp.

  3. Add the vodka, Pimm’s, and agave nectar.

  4. Cover in ice and shake hard for 10 seconds.

  5. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.

  6. Garnish with the remaining celery. Serve and enjoy.


  • In keeping with Square One's organic roots, it would be best to choose organic vegetables and herbs for the ultimate "green" cocktail.
  • Choose pieces of celery that are closer to the heart because it is sweeter and better for cocktails like this.
  • For cocktails, the English cucumber is always a good choice. This variety has smaller seeds and that reduces the bitterness, leading to a sweeter cucumber flavor.
  • With all these fresh ingredients, it's definitely recommended to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. You can typically expect to get 1 3/4 ounces of juice from the average lemon, which is more than enough for one drink.

Recipe Variations

  • Not everyone is a fan of cilantro, though it really does give the drink a nice kick. Add a little less if you prefer.
  • In keeping with the Pimm's Cup, you could top this drink off with lemonade (the original recipe); freshly squeezed is best. Try it with lemonade and club soda, which is a popular variation. Ginger ale is a common substitute, creating a Pimm's Rangoon, and Champagne is a good option for a version called the Pimm's Royal.
  • This cocktail would be an excellent use for homemade cucumber vodka. The infusion should take about three days to reach its peak flavor. You'll want to remove the cucumber's skin and English cucumber is your best option.

How Strong Is a Celery Cup No. 1?

Estimating the alcohol content of this cocktail requires concentrating on the liquid ingredients. While the muddle will add to the volume, it's difficult to say exactly what that will yield and it will vary. With that in mind, the celery cup should weigh in just shy of 17 percent ABV (34 proof) when mixed according to the recipe. That's perfectly normal for a tall drink.