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A celery- and ginger-flavored soda with a cult following in NYC inspired this refreshing vodka cocktail from Rach’s husband, John. 

"I'm doing a boozy twist on Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, a famous New York Jewish delicatessen soda," John says. "It's celery meets ginger ale—that's the idea of cel-ray!"

And of course, Rach and John drank their cocktails out of John's family crest glasses. (Because Rach loves them and adorably insists!)


  • About 1 stalk celery, chopped, plus 2 stalks for garnish
  • About 1-inch ginger, peeled and chopped
  • About 1 ounce celery seed-infused and strained simple syrup
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • About 1 ounce Chartreuse liqueur, optional
  • Dash celery bitters, optional
  • Ice
  • Club soda, for topping


Serves: 2


In a cocktail shaker, muddle chopped celery and ginger. Add celery seed-infused simple syrup, vodka, lime, Chartreuse, celery bitters and ice. Shake vigorously, the strain into 2 ice-filled glasses. Top with club soda. Garnish each glass with a stalk of celery. 

Always drink responsibly.