Odyssey Number Ten

Odyssey Number Ten

A seductive summer aphrodisiac

Celery has been been cultivated as a vegetable since antiquity. It was considered as an aphrodisiac said to stimulate sexual arousal. Homer mentions the plant several times in his classic works. In the Odyssey for instance he describes how Calypso’s grave is surrounded by meadows of violet and wild celery.

Odyssey Number Ten - a gin based cocktail with celery and strawberries from Curfew in Copenhagen. Photo by Lars Rabek,

Photo by Lars Rabek

Humberto Marques, owner of Curfew cocktail bar, aludes to this antique legacy with his “Odyssey Number Ten” which is flavorful mix of strawberries, celery, Lillet Rouge and gin (Tangueray No. Ten of course).

50 ml Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
20 ml Lillet Rouge
30 ml fresh lemon juice
3 fresh strawberries
fresh celery
20 ml acacia honey

Muddle the celery and the strawberries thoroughly.  Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake well and strain into a chilled wine glass. Garnish with a slice of celery.

This is a fruity, herby and refreshing summer cooler that you should not let pass by when visiting Curfew. It was selected among the 101 best cocktails in 2014 by bartender icon Gary Regan and this guy has tasted more that just a few cocktails – so he knows what he’s talking about!

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Thomas Klem Andersen
I believe that true mastery eventually leads to original creation given the right conditions. I love creative cocktails that push the limits of flavor pairing. But I can't deny I have a personal preference for whisky and love everything that is clear and stirred.