Celery Salt and Celery Soda Recipe

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There are a few applications where celery seed is best all on its own. Many in Chicago consider celery salt to be a necessary condiment on hot dogs, and I couldn't agree more (don't skimp on the pickle and mustard, either). It couldn't be easier to make your own celery salt at home, and it'll add a new twist to your next cookout.

But my favorite use for celery seed is in celery soda. It's a bit of an acquired taste, but I can't think of any soft drink more refreshing, and many swear by it. Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda is the only brand I've seen, and it's somewhat difficult to find. But if you make your own syrup you can enjoy it whenever you like (it keeps practically forever) and use it in whatever cocktails you can dream up.

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 65 mins
Resting Time: 60 mins
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Serves: 8 to 12 servings (soda)
Makes: 1 cup celery syrup

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Ingredients

Celery Salt:

  • 1/4 cup sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons celery seed

Celery Soda:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground celery seed

  • Soda water

Directions

  1. For Celery Salt:

    Put salt and celery seed in a grinder, blender, or mortar and pestle. Grind till fine but not powdery. Move the celery salt to an air-tight container and use it within the next eight months.

  2. For Celery Soda:

    Place the sugar and the water into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine. Continue to stir frequently until all of the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Remove from the heat and add the celery seed, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour.

  4. Strain though a fine mesh strainer into a heat-proof container and place in the refrigerator, uncovered until completely cool. Place in an airtight container and store for up to 6 months.

  5. To use, add 2 tablespoons (or to taste) of syrup to 1 cup soda water and stir to combine.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
134 Calories
0g Fat
34g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 24mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 21mg 0%
*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.)