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Oct 30, 2010 05:54 PM

Doctor Brown's Cel Rey Soda [moved from Not About Food board]

what is this one about?? soda made from celery?/ never had it. I know it is a NYC deli fave. what does it taste like??

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  1. It's great stuff, a MUST with a good pastrami sandwich (something that's getting harder to find every day).

    If I had to compare it to anything, I think I would describe it as somewhat ginger-ale like in character. I'm not sure why some folks think Cel-Ray is weird..
    I think "Clamato" is far weirder.

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    1. re: The Professor

      Yep, it has a sort of sweet/spicy/astringent character that tastes great and totally cuts the richness of a butter-grilled Reuben. Like Gerurztraminer with Schnitzel.

    2. I tried it once, it tasted like celery soda. Not my favorite, give me Barq's Root Beer or Diet Dr. Pepper instead.

      1. In the fifties and sixties, when the hotels were still thriving, it was declared the National Drink of the Catskills

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        1. re: beevod

          I remember No-Cal being the very popular back in the day.

        2. Love the stuff. Not too sweet, very clean flavor, very refreshing.

          1. It tastes like celery. With water and bubbles. I was disappointed to read the label last time I had a Cel-Ray (at Katz's NYC, natch') and it's now made with HFCS