The Johnny Utah cocktail is definitely a taste of summer! Created by Erick Castro of Polite Provisions in San Diego, this drink includes homemade celery seed simple syrup (easy to make), tequila, seltzer and lime for a light and refreshing treat. We’ve adjusted the recipe a bit (we’re not big fans of absenthe!) – hope you enjoy!

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Johnny Utah Cocktail

Johnny Utah Cocktail

  • Author: dellcove
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x



For the Celery Seed Simple Syrup:

1 Cup water

1 Cup organic sugar

1/4 Cup celery seeds

For the Cocktail:

4 oz Blanco tequila

1 1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice

1.5 oz Celery seed syrup

Soda water


Lime wedge

Dell Cove Spices’ Bloody Mary Spiced Salt


To make the celery seed simple syrup, add the cup of water to a saucepan, over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cup of organic sugar and the ¼ cup of celery seeds. Stir frequently, until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool. Once cooled, strain out the celery seeds. Place the syrup into an air-tight bottle and keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.

To make the cocktail, place a tablespoon or two of the Bloody Mary Salt into a shallow dish. Run the edge of a cut lime around the rims of two cocktail glasses and dip them into the salt. Fill the glasses with ice and set aside.

Add the tequila, fresh lime juice and celery seed simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Filled with ice, cover and shake well. Strain into glasses, top with the soda water and serve.

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