Dr. Browns Cel-Ray
12 oz. can
2.83 g sugar / oz.
In the early days of soda pops, celery seed was a widely used ingredient in refreshing drinks. Since ancient times, celery has been used as a medicinal herb, with properties as a relaxant.
Dr. Brown's Celery Tonic was first served in 1869 and has been bottled and sold since at least 1886. Legend has it that Dr. Brown first created his celery tonic for immigrant children on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but there is little information about whether he even existed.
In 1928, Schoneberger & Noble, the owners of the Dr. Brown's brand, merged with the Carl Schultz Corp. and Brownie Corp (makers of Brownie chocolate drink) to form the American Beverage Corp. in hopes of marketing nationwide. Nowadays Brownie is long gone, Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray is difficult to find outside of New York, and the company is owned by Canada Dry.
Strangely enough, this really does taste like celery. I guess I assumed the flavor wouldn't be noticable. Its got a peppy spicy flavor, with vegetable aroma. Its far better than white gourd soda, however!
Its got a light flavor, like a Sprite or lemon-lime soda, light rather than syrupy sweet. The celery flavor is refreshing, a little bitter flavor to give the drink some interest and pep. Three cheers for celery, the underrated vegetable!
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar, citric acid, extract of celery seed with other natural flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative) and caramel color.
Canada Dry Bottling Co. of New York
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