Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton
Long reserved for imbibing only at Jewish deli counters, Dr. Brown’s Cel Ray (available on Amazon) has earned a place on cocktail bars, too. The unusually flavored soda is a reminder of celery’s moment as an in-vogue superfood from the late 19th century, a time when soda was also considered to be medicinal.
Superfood history aside, the cult quaff is the key ingredient of this intriguing summer refresher. Chill down ingredients (Kölsch beer from Coast Brewing Company, celery soda, and vodka) beforehand to keep the cocktail from watering down too quickly, and don’t forget the celery salt rim for a savory zip of flavor on every sip.
1 lemon wedge
1 tablespoon celery salt
¾ (6 oz.) chilled Kölsch beer (such as Coast Brewing Company 32°/50°)
½ cup chilled celery soda (such as Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray)
3 tablespoons (1½ oz.) vodka
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Celery leaves, for garnish
How to Make It
Rub lemon wedge around rim of a tall pint glass. Place celery salt in a shallow plate; dip rim of glass in salt to coat rim. Fill glass with ice. Add chilled Kölsch beer (such as Coast Brewing Company 32°/50°), chilled celery soda (such as Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray), vodka, and fresh lemon juice, and stir gently. Garnish with celery leaves and a lemon wedge.