It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere: The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic

April 4, 2014

It may happen every spring, but we never fail to get giddy as the days grow longer and the evenings lovelier. In honor of the much-anticipated return of one of our favorite happy hour guests, the sun, we’re mixing up the Cel-Ray Spring Tonic, a fresh and fizzy cocktail that’s as cucumber-cool as April’s first breezes. It’s just one of the inventive sips featured in Shake, a cocktail compendium from discerning tipplers Eric Prum and Josh Williams.



Makes two drinks

2 shots of vodka
1 large sprig of celery leaves (plus two small sprigs for garnish)
6 slices of cucumber (plus two for garnish)
2 slices of lime (plus two for garnish)
½ shot of fresh lime juice
Ginger ale


Combine the celery leaves, cucumber and lime slices in a shaker. Muddle until fragrant and thoroughly crushed, then add the vodka and lime juice. Add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into glasses containing large cubes of ice, top with the ginger ale and garnish with the remaining celery leaves, cucumber and lime. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the sun’s last rays.


Photo credit: The Mason Shaker