Johnny Utah

johnny utahCool as a cucumber (or a stalk of celery) and a little salty, this drink mirrors its namesake, Keanu Reeves’ surfer character from Point Break. If you don’t feel like making your own celery seed syrup, sub in an ounce of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda.

2 oz. blanco tequila
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3/4 celery seed syrup
Pinch of salt
1 oz. soda water
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: double rocks
Garnish: lime wedge

In a shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, syrup and ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water and a pinch of salt. Garnish.

To make the celery seed syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of granulated sugar and ¼ cup of celery seeds. Allow to cool, then strain. Sealed and refrigerated, the syrup should keep for up to two weeks.

Erick Castro, Polite Provisions, San Diego