Ginger ale

Ginger ale is a carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger in one of two ways. The golden style is closer to the ginger beer original, and is credited to the American doctor Thomas Cantrell. The dry style (also called the pale style) is a paler drink with a much milder ginger-flavor to it, and was created by Canadian John McLaughlin.


Dr. Thomas Cantrell, an American apothecary and surgeon, claimed to have invented ginger ale and marketed it with beverage manufacturer Grattan and Company. Grattan embossed the slogan “The Original Makers of Ginger Ale” on its bottles. This was the Golden ginger ale, dark colored, generally sweet to taste, with a strong ginger spice flavor. It is the older style and there is little or no difference between this and non-alcoholic versions of ginger beer. Golden ginger ale, like ginger beer, is mainly consumed as a carbonated type drink and not a soda in its own right.

Dry ginger ale is recognized as a Canadian creation by John McLaughlin, a chemist and pharmacist. Having established a soda water bottling plant in 1890, McLaughlin began developing flavour extracts to add to the water in 1904. That year, he introduced “Pale Dry Ginger Ale,” the bubbly libation that would be patented in 1907 as “Canada Dry Ginger Ale.” An instant success, Canada Dry products were accepted by appointment to the Royal Household of the Governor General of Canada. The dry-style also became popular in the United States during the Prohibition era, when it was used as a mixer for alcoholic beverages. Dry ginger ale quickly surpassed golden ginger ale in popularity, and today, golden ginger ale is an uncommon, and usually regional, drink. By contrast, dry ginger ale is produced on a vast scale internationally.
Dry ginger ale, as a mixer for alcoholic beverages, is a staple on supermarket shelves, in bars, and on airlines. Ginger ale is less commonly sold through vending machines or soda fountains alongside other carbonated soft drinks, but is still popular in some countries such as Canada.


Ginger ale commonly contains carbonated water, sugar/HFCS and artificial ginger-flavor. Ginger content is often listed on labels in a general “natural aroma” or “Natural flavoring” statement, to preserve secrecy of the complex proprietary mix of spices, fruits and other flavors used. Lemon, lime and cane sugar are the most common of ingredients. Pineapple and honey are also occasional ingredients. Ginger ale can also contain yeast, when carbonated with natural fermentation.
Most commercial ginger ales made in the United States are made with high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener.


Ginger ale, as with other ginger products, is often used as a home remedy to alleviate indigestion or motion sickness, or to relieve and to soothe coughs and sore throats. Studies on its effectiveness as an anti-emetic have produced mixed results, with most finding that ginger extract will relieve symptoms of nausea. Because most brand-name ginger ales contain ginger flavoring rather than actual ginger extract, most experts believe ginger ale’s popularity as a home remedy is the result of placebo rather than ginger. It also contains high levels of sugar, which can cause an osmotic shift, that can affect the bowels more than the desired effect of the ginger.
It is popular in mixed drinks, especially in nonalcoholic ones, and punch, and it is sometimes used as a non-alcoholic substitute for champagne, since the beverages resemble each other in appearance. Ginger ale can be mixed with most hard liquors, beers and wines in many mixed drinks, and is said to mix well with everything. In Jamaica, a common way to consume ginger ale is mixed with Red Stripe beer; this is called a Shandy Graff or a Rocky Susan.


Dry ginger ale is also sold with a mint flavouring added. Some mint ginger ale brands have an artificial green color added, while others are clear. Recently, Canada Dry has introduced a line of ginger ale mixed with green tea.
Some manufacturers have produced fruit-flavoured ginger ales, including raspberry, cranberry and grape versions.


Vernors, Blenheim, A-Treat, Bull’s Head, Chelmsford, Buffalo Rock, Sussex and Red Rock are brands of golden ginger ale. Canada Dry, Schweppes, and Seagram’s are major brands of dry ginger ale.

North America

Brands available in North America include Canada Dry, Bull’s Head, Canfield’s, Bruce Cost Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale, Hansen Natural, Vernors, Seagram’s, Seaman’s (acquired by PepsiCo and now discontinued), Schweppes, Sussex, Buffalo Rock, Boylan Bottling Company, Polar Beverages, Ale-8-One, Blenheim, Foxon Park, Sprecher, Vally, Market Basket/Chelmsford, Red Rock, Reed’s Ginger Brew, Thomas Kemper, Blaze (produced by Pipeline Brands), Chek (River of Dreams), Shasta, Northern Neck, and Sussex Golden Ginger Ale.
Vernors is a flavoured golden ginger ale aged for three years in oak barrels before bottling. It was the first U.S. soft drink, originating in 1866, although it was modelled on imported Irish ginger beers. In Detroit, Michigan, a drink made with vanilla ice cream and Vernors ginger ale is called a Boston cooler. The name is not taken from Boston, Massachusetts, where this combination is unknown, but from an establishment on Boston Boulevard in Detroit, where it is said to have been invented.
Blenheim is a golden ginger ale made in South Carolina; unlike most other brands, it is available in several degrees of spiciness: Old #3 Hot, #5 Not as Hot, and #9 Diet.
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Drinks containing Ginger Ale


Buffalo Fiesta
Drink Type: Cocktail
2 oz. Buffalo Trace Bourbon (more Buffalo Trace Bourbon drinks)
8 Mint Leaves (more Mint Leaves drinks)
1 tbsp. Simple Syrup (more Simple Syrup drinks)
1/2 oz. Mango Nectar (more Mango Nectar drinks)
1 dash(es) Mango Liqueur (more Mango Liqueur drinks)
Ginger Ale (more Ginger Ale drinks)
Stir with ice in a tall glass and top with Ginger Ale.


Caribian Buck
Drink Type: Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Coconut Liqueur (more Coconut Liqueur drinks)
2/3 oz. Lime Juice (more Lime Juice drinks)
Ginger Ale (more Ginger Ale drinks)
Pour over ice in a cocktail glass and fill with Ginger Ale.


Fruit Cocktail Punch
Drink Type: Non-Alcoholic
2 cup(s) Grape Juice (White) (more Grape Juice drinks)
1 1/2 cup(s) Lime Juice (more Lime Juice drinks)
1 cup(s) Pineapple Juice (more Pineapple Juice drinks)
1 bottle(s) Ginger Ale (more Ginger Ale drinks)
Mix the fruit juices and chill for a few hours. When thoroughly chilled, pour in a punch bowl over a large block of ice. Add the Ginger Ale, stir and garnish with mint sprigs. Serve in punch cups.


Ginger Whiskey
Drink Type: Cocktail
2 oz. Canadian Whisky (more Canadian Whisky drinks)
6 oz. Ginger Ale (more Ginger Ale drinks)
Combine over ice into a highball glass.


Tito’s Pimm’s Cup
Drink Type: Cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Tito’s Handmade Vodka (more Tito’s Handmade Vodka drinks)
1/2 oz. Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur (more Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur drinks)
1/4 oz. Lime Juice (more Lime Juice drinks)
1 dash(es) Angostura Bitters (more Angostura Bitters drinks)
Ginger Ale (more Ginger Ale drinks)
Fill a Collins or other tall glass with ice. Add Tito’s, orange liqueur, bitters, and lime. Top with ginger ale and stir. Garnish abundantly with fresh cut fruit such as lime wheels, orange wedges, or a cucumber spear; add a few sprigs of herbs from the garden, such as basil or mint.

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