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Best Ginger Ale?

rworange Apr 3, 2007 07:53 PM

I like Reeds a lot. However, I tried Stirrings recently and it was very good. Any others? Neigher Reeds nor Stirrings uses HFCS.

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  1. azhotdish RE: rworange Apr 3, 2007 07:59 PM

    Vernor's. Is there others?

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      WineWidow RE: azhotdish Apr 4, 2007 06:53 AM

      Second on the Vernors.

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        kabrown RE: WineWidow Apr 4, 2007 07:38 AM

        third on Vernors! :o)

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          frankiii RE: kabrown Apr 4, 2007 07:44 AM

          Vernors is okay but it tastes too much like a cream soda to me. I like Dr. Browns but when you get right down to it, Canada Dry is pretty solid if maybe a little sweet. I was also not too impressed with the Whole Foods house brand 365. So, Dr. Browns if I can find it but otherwise I'll take Canada Dry. Do I have to trade in my chowhound card now?

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            lvecch RE: frankiii Apr 9, 2007 02:39 PM

            Yes, you do - Canada Dry is artificially flavored; not an ounce of real ginger in it. Then again, I have to trade mine in as well because I haven't heard of half these brands. I like Schweppes.

            1. re: frankiii
              Jack_ RE: frankiii Nov 5, 2009 05:17 PM

              There is just no comparison. Vernors is a golden ginger ale Dr Browns and Canada Dry, and most all others are dry Ginger Ales

              BTW 4th on Vernors

            2. re: kabrown
              Bill Hunt RE: kabrown Aug 28, 2008 08:03 PM

              While I have had many really good ones, plus some excellent ginger beers, I will also cast my vote for Vernor's. It is the best, in my vast experience.


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                KristieB RE: kabrown Sep 21, 2009 11:43 PM

                fourth on Vernor's.

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                  gfr1111 RE: kabrown Nov 5, 2009 12:05 PM

                  Fourth on Vernors'!

              2. re: azhotdish
                swsidejim RE: azhotdish Apr 4, 2007 08:22 AM

                another tally for vernor's

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                  embee RE: azhotdish Apr 14, 2007 08:48 PM

                  I don't know whether the Vernor's we get in Toronto is different from the US version. I used to like it, but it became rather insipid several years ago.

                  I tend to mix my own using something called Aunt May's ginger syrup and seltzer.

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                    KristieB RE: embee Sep 21, 2009 11:44 PM

                    That's really too bad because I remember when Vernor's would tickle your nose and make you cough it was so effervesent and gingery.

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                      berkleybabe RE: KristieB Dec 16, 2011 02:44 PM

                      Yes!!! The only pop that was heated and used as curative for colds...so many moms did this.

                  2. re: azhotdish
                    krochetnkat RE: azhotdish Apr 16, 2010 10:31 AM

                    Vernors!!! All the way!

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                      mamachef RE: krochetnkat Dec 19, 2010 03:55 PM

                      Fifth to a google on the Vernor's. Jinx. World's best soda, IMO, and arguably a great, great float with a very large scoop of vanilla bean ice cream topped with a squirt of ginger syrup or some candied ginger.

                    2. re: azhotdish
                      iheartcooking RE: azhotdish May 12, 2012 09:04 PM

                      Maybe I just got a bad bottle or something but the Vernor's I bought here in California had no flavor at all and no ginger-y bite, was like weak 7up...

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                      Jimmy Buffet RE: rworange Apr 3, 2007 08:10 PM

                      Blenheim used to be big in the Carolinas. I had a bottle of the spicier version and thought it would take my throat off. I don't know what the status is now.

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                        Jeters RE: Jimmy Buffet Apr 4, 2007 10:56 AM

                        Love blenheim! everyone else I know can't handle it though =/

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                          bryan RE: Jimmy Buffet Apr 7, 2007 06:42 PM

                          A friend brought some home once and holy mother of god! It was like drinking ice cold liquid fire.

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                            Candy RE: bryan Apr 10, 2007 03:00 PM

                            I am/was a major fan of Blenheim. Vernors is populare around here but i find it to be too vanilla-ish for rmy taste.

                          2. re: Jimmy Buffet
                            debbiel RE: Jimmy Buffet Apr 7, 2007 09:55 PM

                            Oh how I miss Blenheim! Before they sold the place, they used to close for indeterminate amounts of time when they vacationed or whatever. Those were tough weeks! Haven't had one for ages. I wonder if it's still as good since they sold.

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                              BustedFlush RE: debbiel Dec 29, 2009 12:22 PM

                              Sold? It's made right by the "Pedro's South of the Border" roadside mecca, and widely available throughout that place. I bought a 6 pack of the Diet variety this weekend at a Piggly Wiggly on Folly Beach.

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                                debbiel RE: BustedFlush Dec 30, 2009 08:58 AM

                                Well, it's been almost 20 years since I lived in SC. The sale I'm talking about was 1993, when the Pedro's people bought it. I finally had some again last year and it was still great.

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                              Nocturnalbill RE: Jimmy Buffet Dec 19, 2010 03:29 PM

                              Add one on for the Hot Blenheim. Still huge around here. Still made local.

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                                jmckee RE: Jimmy Buffet May 29, 2014 09:21 AM

                                It's still good. Had a bottle of it last month.

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                                Hue RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 06:15 AM

                                Golden or Pale Dry.....Golden Ginger Ale is getting to be a scarce commodity

                                1. alanstotle RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 08:21 AM

                                  I think it depends upon how you like your ginger ale. The variety of responses so far points to a variety of different types of ginger ale. Here's my typology:

                                  One type are the widely-available and popular brands like Canada Dry (and others). To me, these barely taste to like ginger ale, but I know people who swear by the stuff.

                                  Another type is the Vernor's style, which has a stronger ginger taste than the popular brands, but also a creamy taste, and it doesn't have much sharpness (hence, Frankiii's posting about it tasting like cream soda).

                                  A third type are the sharp ginger ales, such as Reeds and Blenheim's (and probably most "crafted-style" ginger ales available at specialty stores). These actually taste like carbonated liquid ginger--esp. Blenheim. (Like Jimmy Buffet, I thought Blenheim was going to damage my throat: it's so strong that I had to hold my breath while putting the bottle to my mouth because the fumes coming out of the bottle would cause me to cough.)

                                  I love ginger and I love cream, so that's probably why I like Vernor's the best.

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                                    spigot RE: alanstotle Apr 7, 2007 06:50 PM


                                    I don't like cream soda-type flavours. I'm with frankiii; I like Canada Dry. Have never tried Blenheim but it sounds similar to Pangleheimers sparkling hot from Charlotte, NC, which just about killed me (and I like hot stuff). My father used to make a lovely hot ginger ale that was very drinkable. Pangleheimers, OTOH, seemed dangerous.

                                    I'll try Gus if I can find it.

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                                      GreenDragon RE: alanstotle Jun 22, 2012 11:46 AM

                                      I had some specialty ginger ale at a Scottish Festival last year. I didn't recognize the name (it had a beige/brown can, perhaps old-timey font and graphics). It was SPICY. I had been sick earlier in the week, and wasn't 100% yet (cough), and it was too much for my throat to handle, so I couldn't finish it. Which is too bad, as I LOVE strong ginger!

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                                      Janet from Richmond RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 08:22 AM

                                      Northern Neck Ginger Ale...regular or diet...both are very good and have a big "bite" to them.

                                      1. frankiii RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 08:23 AM

                                        I forgot to mention that I have also made it at home and that has worked out pretty well

                                        1. Miss Needle RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 10:12 AM

                                          Blenheim when I'm in the mood for some strong searing ginger down my throat. Gus when I prefer something lighter.

                                          1. JMF RE: rworange Apr 4, 2007 09:01 PM

                                            Like others said for spicy you want Blenheims. I think it is much better than Reed's. Stirrings is ok but not great, sort of like a better version of canada Dry. Vernor's is good but like others say it seems like it is half ginger ale and half cream soda.

                                            But there is a brand new one on the market. Fever-Tree from the UK. Just released a week or so ago with limited west coast distribution. Very expensive, basically made as a mixer for premium spirits, but it is made with three types of ginger including young "green" ginger. It is a very unique ginger ale, not that hot and spicy but with a great flavor.


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                                              Nocturnalbill RE: JMF Dec 19, 2010 03:33 PM

                                              Heard about Fever-tree, wish it were down in the Carolinas as I would like to compare with Blenheim.

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                                              Sebby RE: rworange Apr 6, 2007 01:41 PM

                                              Have you tried Cock and Bull? It's nice and spicy. I'm pretty sure it doesn't have HFCS. I've bought it at BevMo.

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                                                wizardx RE: Sebby Apr 7, 2007 02:56 PM

                                                I love this Cock and Bull when I'm at BevMo I pick up a six pack or 2 of this and Blenheim, there is also a spicy Jamaican brand from Boston I love as well!

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                                                  drmimi RE: wizardx Apr 10, 2007 02:04 AM

                                                  Any Jamaican Style Ginger Beer floats my boat. My son and I love the spicy taste- really helps on a hot day.

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                                                    serveitforth RE: drmimi Apr 14, 2007 09:17 PM

                                                    I just had a british style ginger beer at a New Paltz NY restaurant with rum. It was incredibly spicy. The company that makes it is http://www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk
                                                    Loved it.

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                                                      greedygirl RE: serveitforth Nov 5, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                      Is there a difference between ginger beer and ginger ale?

                                                      I like Fentiman's and Old Jamaica Ginger Beer.

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                                                        alkapal RE: greedygirl Nov 11, 2009 12:22 AM

                                                        """Ginger beer is similar to ginger ale except that it has a significantly stronger ginger taste, often being described as ginger ale with a kick to it. Its other distinctive properties include its traditional cloudy appearance, its predominantly citrus sour taste base and its spicy ginger bite."""

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                                                          blackoak RE: alkapal Nov 11, 2009 05:37 AM

                                                          Some ginger beer (Fentimans' Traditional Ginger Beer for example) may also be classified as an alcoholic beverage. I was carded yesterday buying some (along with a case of Bendaberg Ginger Beer - although I wasn't carded for it). The label states that the "Fermented Botanical Ginger Drink" contains "less than 0.5% alcohol by volume" (which I think is the same amount as non-alcoholic beer?).

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                                                            jumpingmonk RE: blackoak Nov 11, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                            That's true, in thier original form, most of the Ginger beers got thier carbonation via fermentation , as did the ginger ales, root beers, Brich beers etc (which is proably why we still refer to them as ginger ale, not ginger soda). One of my favortie memories from Camp was when as one of the "modules", we made root and birch beer from scratch (digging up birch and sassafrass roots and harvesting wild wintergreen) , and to carbonate it the councelor had us use yeast (I actually knew enough abotu fermentation to ask about the alcohol, but the councelor (who I expect was not coginzant in fermentation) said that no, yeast doesn't make alcohol (wrong!) two weeks later we got to try the stuff and it still remisn some of the best root beer I ever tasted (bonus story since I was one of the the student wo took the opion to "pool" his rootbeer (we were each entitled to and entire bootle of our own, but some of us agreed to split a bottle the firs ttime around so that there would be extra bottles for us to take home at terms end. When I got to the end of the term however I discover that, the counselelor had made an addional mistake, he had forgotten to take some step (like heating the bottles) to kill the yeast, with the end resutls that, two weeks after we had taken our first sips all of the bottles exploded!)
                                                            I'm actually rather suprised they caded you for the Fentimans. I certinly never have been anywhere around me that sells them (I'm quite fond of the Cola). This inculdes the place that sells the full Fentimans selection which incuded the bottled Shandy (which contains actual beer) which if any flavor would be the one to set of carding flags. Fact is as least in my state 1 proof isnt high enough to warrant carding (I looked it up and the federal cutoff is 5 proof (2.5% alcolhol) Your state (or the store's own policy) may be stricter.

                                              2. DanaB RE: rworange Apr 6, 2007 02:23 PM

                                                At a Los Angeles restaurant, they serve Bundaberg ginger beer, which they describe as a "brewed n/a ginger soft ale." It is the best-tasting ginger ale style beverage that I've ever had.

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                                                  Alice Patis RE: DanaB Apr 10, 2007 02:52 PM

                                                  Oh yes Bundaberg!!! I got hooked on Bundaberg's ginger beer (and even their diet ginger beer) when I went to Australia recently, and am mourning the absence in the US (though I just found out from elsewhere on this board that Cost Plus sells it). I'm a spicy but not hell burning spicy kind of ginger ale gal. Before Bundaberg, Cock & Bull was my favorite.

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                                                    Hungry Celeste RE: Alice Patis Apr 11, 2007 11:22 AM

                                                    Bundaberg is really, really good...CostPlus Worldmarket carries it. Bundaberg also makes a root beer, but I like other root beers better (it's a little too gingery for a root beer, IMHO). My second favorite ginger ale is Sprecher, but it's hard to find in my area. It's made in Wisconsin, good stuff, with a really great root beer as well.

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                                                    glbtrtr RE: DanaB Nov 14, 2009 05:59 PM

                                                    Just tried Bundaberg which was at our premium wine and spirits store, see that it contains yeast but it tasted soapy to me and did not rank high at all in my own quest for the most wonderful ginger ale/beer I can find here in the states. Hate to see I have one more bottle to finish and it was $2 bucks a bottle at that. Yech.

                                                    My all time best was something made from scratch at Coconut Lagoon in Kerela, India. British traditions and Indian fresh ginger is the standard, but who can come close in a bottle with sugar and no HFCS.

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                                                      jumpingmonk RE: glbtrtr Nov 14, 2009 06:26 PM

                                                      You might want to aviod Thomas Kemper's as well, while the honey sweetening makes for an intersting up from flavor the ginger note itself is rather musty and woody.

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                                                        glbtrtr RE: jumpingmonk Nov 29, 2009 10:11 PM

                                                        Agree on that one, it was very flat and boring. But had to be included. Lime and honey, right? Something very much did not work with that one.

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                                                        LauraGrace RE: glbtrtr Nov 22, 2009 12:33 PM

                                                        Huh... I wonder if you got an old bottle? I'm VERY sensitive to soapy flavors but never tasted them in the Bundabergs I've had.

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                                                          glbtrtr RE: glbtrtr Nov 29, 2009 10:09 PM

                                                          I have to take back my first impression of Bundaberg, as I have been moving around every premium brand we have in this town. My second bottle of it was the best so far. I wonder if I failed to shake it up before I had the first one. Too bad, wouldn't you know it that it has to be the most expensive too. Meanwhile, I keep pulling bottles off the shelves of every specialty store I can find. And I am finding a surprising number of choices in my town.

                                                          But one I have not had yet is Vernor's which seems to get the good reports for mass produced .The HFCS is putting me off, but I do need to add it to my tasting derby before I finally settle on ............ Bundaberg. Unless my third bottle of it tastes like dishwater again.

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                                                        hammerhead RE: rworange Apr 7, 2007 03:37 PM

                                                        I like the Whole Foods variety, but I make my own because I have a bunch of cornelius kegs lying around for homebrew and I can force carbonate without using yeast. Draft ginger ale.
                                                        2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
                                                        2 lemons, sliced ( use the whole lemon )
                                                        4# turbinado sugar
                                                        20 oz organic ginger, sliced
                                                        5 gallons of RO water.
                                                        Boil the ingredients in 1/3 of the water, strain into a keg, repeat twice more. Also, divide the sugar among the 3 boiling steps. Seal the keg and allow the GA to settle for a week. Rack GA off the sediment into another keg, chill to 40 deg F, and force carbonate. Ready to drink in about 3 days. The carbonation will improve over time.

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                                                          1. therealbigtasty RE: rworange Apr 7, 2007 06:53 PM

                                                            I like to make a ginger syrup using

                                                            two nice sized knobs of ginger
                                                            two cups sugar
                                                            two cups water
                                                            one habanero pepper
                                                            a tablespoon of molasses
                                                            rind from two lemons

                                                            Put it over some heat, let it simmer for about twenty minutes, and mix about two ounces with a cup of sparkling water.

                                                            It tastes goood.

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                                                                chef chicklet RE: lollya Apr 10, 2007 12:52 AM

                                                                schweppes for me too!

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                                                                  HSBSteveM RE: lollya Aug 22, 2008 12:54 PM

                                                                  Ditto Schweppes! It doesn't have to be an obscure brand to be the best, and Schweppes is just about perfect. I think it's because it's made by Brits and they aren't afraid of the strong ginger flavor.

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                                                                    alkapal RE: HSBSteveM Aug 27, 2008 11:18 AM

                                                                    i like the schweppes' super-fine fizziness, too!

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                                                                fatbob RE: rworange Apr 11, 2007 08:18 AM

                                                                Polar - limited availability, mostly NE US but I have seen it in NC

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                                                                  rworange RE: fatbob Apr 11, 2007 08:51 AM

                                                                  I remember Polar from long ago. It was really good. Do they still use sugar or have they switched to HFCS? I

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                                                                    sandramrma RE: rworange Apr 14, 2007 07:29 AM

                                                                    The bottle of Polar diet gingerale that I have states "all natural ginger " on the front label. The ingredients are carbonated water,natural flavors,citric acid,aspartame,potassium benzoate(a preservative)caramel color,ethyl maltol phenylketonurics;contains phenyalanine.I think that is has much more flavor and snap to it than other major brands.

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                                                                    almansa RE: fatbob Mar 2, 2010 12:20 PM

                                                                    Huge ditto for polar - especially for diet.

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                                                                    danbee1 RE: rworange Apr 11, 2007 08:41 AM

                                                                    Absolutely Northern Neck ginger ale. Bottled by Coke but only in Montross, VA and only available in the northern neck (between the potomac and rappahanock rivers) so far as I know. But if you're ever there, better buy some!

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                                                                      weezycom RE: danbee1 Aug 4, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                      ditto ditto ditto! Made with cane sugar.

                                                                    2. SwissMan RE: rworange Aug 19, 2008 03:51 PM

                                                                      Why do you people like Vernors ginger ale? It tastes like bad cough syrup. The best ginger ales are Reeds extra ginger and homemade ginger ale

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                                                                        Sean RE: SwissMan Aug 19, 2008 06:57 PM

                                                                        GUS (Grown up Soda) Ginger is the best I have ever had, real sugar cane and ginger root extract and is less sweet. Stirrings is very good, champagne bubbles and cane sugar, but it is too expensive and only comes in 7 ounce bottles.


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                                                                          LaLa RE: Sean Aug 19, 2008 07:45 PM

                                                                          Blenheim...had one this morning...delish!

                                                                      2. morefuuud RE: rworange Aug 19, 2008 10:12 PM

                                                                        What about Boylan's in Jersey? Is it too 'cream soda' like, as some others have mentioned? Not sure if it has real ginger in it, but it tastes good, maybe a bit sweet. I like the real spicy ginger beer, but I find it different than ginger 'ale'. I think I've been brainwashed by Schweppes growing up, but I love the stuff still.

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                                                                          kilercow RE: rworange Aug 20, 2008 08:05 AM

                                                                          I'm a fan of Hansen's - strong up front ginger, with a little vanilla in there as well, utterly drinkable, and naturally flavored (they list "African ginger, Mexican limes, Californian lemons and Madagascan vanilla" on the ingredients). Caveat: I've only had the diet variety.

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                                                                            emcee_k RE: kilercow Sep 20, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                                            Hansen's ginger ale gets my vote. The only pop consumed in my household.

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                                                                              glbtrtr RE: kilercow Nov 14, 2009 06:03 PM

                                                                              Happy to buy Hansen's because it is made with sugar, but it was way too sweet for me. Nice mild ginger flavor, but I guess I am looking for something fresher and a lot dryer. Still looking. Dang about Vernors and its HFCS. Wonder if there is a Mexican Coke version of Vernor's overseas or at a specialty store in the US.

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                                                                              CDouglas RE: rworange Aug 20, 2008 08:14 AM

                                                                              Related to the Northern Neck recommendations above, Carver's ginger ale is the best I have tasted. Real ginger and no HFCS and comes in glass bottles.


                                                                              1. Chew on That RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 09:18 AM

                                                                                I like homemade ginger ale a lot but if I had to pick a national/mainstream favorite...it would be Seagrams.

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                                                                                  TripChick RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 10:32 AM

                                                                                  Mmmmmmm, put me firmly in the Vernor's camp!

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                                                                                    Aimliz RE: TripChick Aug 22, 2008 10:50 AM

                                                                                    I like Maine Root Ginger Brew... Its nice and spicy... It makes me feel better when I overeat and my throat feels good after drinking it too! I got it from wholefoods...

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                                                                                      Bunnyfood RE: Aimliz Aug 22, 2008 11:54 AM

                                                                                      Second that! Maine Root is the best- spicy, sweet but shades of savory, excellent on it's own or in any number of cocktails(house fav right right is a "punch" of Maine Root Ginger, watermelon juice or peach juice(whatever looked good at the farmer's market) and vodka...

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                                                                                        glbtrtr RE: Bunnyfood Nov 14, 2009 06:05 PM

                                                                                        Yuck, I am feeling very out of mainstream as I keep searching for my own favorites ginger ale/beer. Did not like WholeFoods "Maine Root" ginger either, but at least it was not too sweet and had punch. It just did not have a clear or fresh ginger flavor - again slightly on the soapy side for some reason but not as bad as that Australian Bunderberg (?) one which really was very unpleasant.

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                                                                                    scuffletown RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 01:07 PM

                                                                                    BLENHEIMS...the hot and spicy is amazing...flavor and spice....but for the weak there is the mild. i will drink most ginger ale......i don't care for vernor's.....the jamaican style is real nice, but blenheims is the best.

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                                                                                      jumpingmonk RE: scuffletown Aug 22, 2008 01:16 PM

                                                                                      I've recenly actually developed a taste for Fever Tree's ginger ale (even if it is tecnically desgined primarily as a mixer not a soft drink). The simple fact is, I Like a bite-free ginger ale.

                                                                                    2. SwissMan RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 05:47 PM

                                                                                      Where do you guys buy your Ginger ale?

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                                                                                        Judith RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 07:18 PM

                                                                                        I second Reeds.

                                                                                        1. joshlane4 RE: rworange Aug 22, 2008 07:43 PM

                                                                                          BLENHEIM! (nuff-said)

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                                                                                            bulavinaka RE: rworange Aug 27, 2008 05:19 PM

                                                                                            Bundaberg ginger beer from Australia, Blenheim (with the red cap) from back east, and Reed's for being readily available.

                                                                                            Bundaberg and Reed's goes great with dark rum and a wedge of lime...

                                                                                            1. Miss Needle RE: rworange Sep 22, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                              Ok. Scratch my Blenheim and Gus rec. The best ginger ale I've had was not from a market but from home. Jean-George's recipe calls for ginger, lemongrass, sugar and chiles (for that lovely burn). The recipe says to leave the skin on, but I think it tastes better with the skin off (or to do a 50/50 skin on/off). If you leave the skin on, it imparts a bitterness.


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                                                                                                alkapal RE: Miss Needle Nov 11, 2009 12:29 AM

                                                                                                thanks for that link, miss n. it looks easy and like a delicious drink.

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                                                                                                lil magill RE: rworange Nov 5, 2009 03:10 PM

                                                                                                Blenheim. The original peppery ginger ale. I ran into it in South Carolina and then saw it at the Raleigh Farmers Market. Two types. Peppery and Pepperier! What Vernors and Schwepps used to be.....

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                                                                                                  Beckyleach RE: rworange Nov 5, 2009 04:16 PM

                                                                                                  Never heard of Vernor's but I love Reed's. Wish it wasn't a dollar a pop, though. :-(

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                                                                                                    Isabella RE: Beckyleach Dec 27, 2009 10:46 PM

                                                                                                    World Market has 7oz bottles of Reed's Extra Ginger Brew for 8/$3.99.
                                                                                                    I find I am perfectly satisfied with one bottle & really don't need the whole 12 oz of a reg. size.

                                                                                                    Reed's is my fav, Bundaberg is avail, so I'll get it when I can't find Reed's.
                                                                                                    Bleinhem is ok, but not 1st choice by any means.
                                                                                                    Mainstream - Seagram's wins for a bitier bite.
                                                                                                    Gus was like drinking water.
                                                                                                    I often make my own with ginger, lime, honey & sparkling water.

                                                                                                  2. Candy RE: rworange Nov 5, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                                                                    I've sampled Fever Tree from England. OMG and their tonic water is also an OMG. When I can find it I buy all I can find and horde it.

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                                                                                                      jumpingmonk RE: Candy Nov 20, 2009 04:55 PM

                                                                                                      Icidentally I finally got my hands on some of the Fever tree Ginger BEER (as opposed to the ale) after seaching for a very long time. And let me tell you, they are NOTHING alike. While the giger ales taste is quite subtle and tame (one of the reasons I liked it it's "burn" is minimal) The Beer on the other hand is like swallowing a red hot poker, it's THAT firey (I think my mouth actually went numb). Not to my taste but of you like your Ginger drinks with a lot of punch, the beer might be just up your alley.

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                                                                                                        Isabella RE: jumpingmonk Dec 27, 2009 10:47 PM

                                                                                                        Yes, I like it firey! Where can I buy Fever Tree in the states?

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                                                                                                          shirleyuguest RE: Isabella Nov 27, 2012 01:02 AM

                                                                                                          It's a few years later, maybe too late for you to see this post. You can get Fever Tree Ginger Beer at Whole Foods or Central Market. My favorites are Dr. Brown's Extra Dry Ginger Ale (in glass bottles) + Fever Tree Ginger Beer (also in glass, only). Dr. Brown's Extra Dry in bottles is very hard to find. Fever Tree Ginger Beer is great for nausea. I take small sips + it really helps.

                                                                                                    2. pdxgastro RE: rworange Nov 11, 2009 05:04 PM

                                                                                                      Wasn't there a post somewhere about Stewart's ginger beer? It's my favorite.

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                                                                                                        LauraGrace RE: rworange Nov 22, 2009 12:35 PM

                                                                                                        Ale81 is a Kentucky concoction, and it's doggone good. Just about my favorite soda ever, ginger ale or not.

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                                                                                                          Sharuf RE: rworange Dec 28, 2009 02:15 AM

                                                                                                          Trader Joe sells a kick-ass ginger ale. I forget the name on the label, but it comes in long-neck bottles. I like it a lot.

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                                                                                                            jessicheese RE: rworange Dec 29, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                                                            I've not heard of most of these, but wrote the names down for future reference.

                                                                                                            Interestingly enough, a few weeks ago some friends and I had a discussion on whether you could taste the difference of the "big three"- Canada Dry, Schwepps, or Seagrams. This resulted in all of us having a "taste- off" at our weekend gettogether. 10 of us tried unmarked glasses with a sampling of each and we discussed the variances.

                                                                                                            Canada Dry- those who went into the "experiment" claiming to like this one best were able to choose it from the other two! Many of us found it to be less bubbly and sweeter than the others

                                                                                                            Seagrams- This was deemed a favorite by many of us, including one person who swore up and down that they were a "schwepps gal". I liked it the most and thought it had the best ginger taste of the three

                                                                                                            Schwepps- no one had a major opinion either way on this. It was good, but bland,

                                                                                                            As an added bonus we added a second round with Makers Mark; to see if added alcohol had any affect on which was preferred. People chose the same favorite, but enjoyed this round much much more!

                                                                                                            Thought you'd enjoy!

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                                                                                                              cathodetube RE: jessicheese Jan 2, 2010 12:51 PM

                                                                                                              I drink Old Jamaica a lot. I serve it with a good wedge of lime squeezed into it. Fantastic in the summer. Supermarkets have their own brands here, including Sainsburys which I also buy.

                                                                                                              Had Vernor's growing up and am sorry to hear that it seems to have changed. Have fond memories of having ginger ale with ice and saltine crackers served as dinner when sick in bed with a stomach upset as a kid.

                                                                                                              Bundaberg is available here.. Don't think it is worth the price they charge though. Close to $4 a bottle.

                                                                                                            2. sonofdon RE: rworange Mar 1, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                                              Ale 8 one is the Kentucky ginger ale. http://ale8one.com/

                                                                                                              You really can't buy it unless you are in (or around) Kentucky. Great smooth drink with a little kick.

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                                                                                                                MikeB3542 RE: sonofdon Mar 23, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                And probably only appreciated by locals. Picked one up while driving home through SE Indiana. Not very fizzy and a definite resinous funk.

                                                                                                                I can see the appeal though if you grew up on it (this from a Chicago boy who likes his Royal Crown). Ginger Ale? Canfields.

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                                                                                                                shadee RE: rworange Mar 11, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                I like vernor's, too. For everyday ginger ale, I like the diet ginger ale at Vons.

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                                                                                                                  evilgregg RE: rworange Mar 23, 2010 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                  Red Rock golden ginger ale is great. just a touch of cayenne. Apparently it's been around since 1885, at least the recipe.

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                                                                                                                    Jack_ RE: rworange Apr 15, 2010 05:51 PM

                                                                                                                    I just tried a Regatta Ginger Beer and liked it. BIG ginger flavor but without the peppery burn of a Jamaican ginger beer. Though for day to day drinking I still prefer Vernor's

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                                                                                                                      antennastoheaven RE: Jack_ Apr 16, 2010 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                      Regatta is awesome. Especially with whiskey! heh.

                                                                                                                    2. ErangaDesilva RE: rworange Jun 8, 2010 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                      Has any one tried the Ginger Beer " similar to the Ale but has a kick " try the Sri Lankan Ginger beer from Elephant house or there are several flavors available at Cost Plus Markets and Whole foods

                                                                                                                      1. eclecticsynergy RE: rworange Jun 28, 2010 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                        Here in upstate NY we have Saranac Ginger Beer. A nice balance of spicy & sweet- and a sure cure for heartburn or indigestion. Not sure if it's available nationwide.

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                                                                                                                          librarianjen RE: rworange Jun 28, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                          Maybe I missed it, but I'm surprised no one mentioned Tom Tucker? My Arkansas grandmother always used this in her mint juleps, and in her recipe (I can't remember the name!) of a mixture of lemonade, TT ginger ale, and iced tea.

                                                                                                                          1. johnnybgargoyle RE: rworange Sep 7, 2010 02:37 PM

                                                                                                                            The absolute best I ever had is made in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania. The brand is A-Treat, and they make a "Golden Ginger" that is out of this world. They ship all around the country, use only real sugar and have lots of classic flavors. I have it shipped to Minnesota regularily. www.a-treat.com

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                                                                                                                              Buck_Bailey RE: rworange Dec 19, 2010 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                              Blenheim is really good.... Best I've had. We featured Blenheim's Ginger Ale at my USAF reunion and everyone there agreed that it was the best that they had tried. That's saying something, because the military "tastes" lots of ginger ale with their bourbon....

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                                                                                                                                hardtail60 RE: rworange Dec 19, 2010 03:53 PM

                                                                                                                                I like SCHWEPPES! It is a must when sick. Stir out all bubbles to calm my belly. HA ha

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                                                                                                                                  eclecticsynergy RE: hardtail60 Jun 23, 2012 11:13 PM

                                                                                                                                  I miss the Schweppes Grape Ginger Ale; it was really tasty on a hot day.

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                                                                                                                                  TokenOne RE: rworange Jan 17, 2011 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                  Bleinhem's #3 hands down.

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                                                                                                                                    debbiel RE: TokenOne Jan 17, 2011 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                    Always good to see a vote for the finest of the finest. I think it's time for me to order some more.

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                                                                                                                                    gryphonskeeper RE: rworange Jan 17, 2011 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                    I have never seen either Blenheims or Vernors. But I live in New England and POLAR Brand and Golden Ginger Ale. Perfection!

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                                                                                                                                      Goldspinner RE: rworange Jan 17, 2011 04:38 PM

                                                                                                                                      Blenheim! It's tasty and so hot it'll strip the paint off of your car down to the primer.

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                                                                                                                                        jeanmarieok RE: Goldspinner Jan 17, 2011 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                        Ditto Blenheims, yummmmmmo.

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                                                                                                                                          Leepa RE: jeanmarieok May 6, 2012 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                                          Yep. Gotta agree.

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                                                                                                                                        bshakin RE: rworange Feb 9, 2011 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                        Still many I have yet to try (Blenheims for one), but I've tried many and am always on the lookout for new ones. That said, I'd take almost anything over Vernor's. If you like it, great, but with all that vanilla it's not really ginger ale anymore. I do like Reeds, but it's also not truly ginger ALE. My picks are:

                                                                                                                                        Dr. Browns, Hansen's Natural (no HFCS), and Thomas Kemper (no HFCS). The Whole Foods 365 Ginger Ale is pretty serviceable in a pinch.

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                                                                                                                                          jumpingmonk RE: bshakin Feb 9, 2011 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                          Really?, I always find Kemper a bit musty/woody.Oh well to each thier own taste (for all I know the orginal bottle of Kemper Ginger I had was stale/spoiling)

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                                                                                                                                          nutmegr RE: rworange Feb 9, 2011 06:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          My family loves Buffalo Rock ginger ale. Well, except for the 7 year old who can't handle it and prefers Canada dry! Ginger ale is the only type of soda I've ever really cared for. Reading through here, I realize I haven't heard of most of these brands. Does ginger ale/beer seem to have more regional variations than most sodas?

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                                                                                                                                            Ken H RE: rworange Dec 14, 2011 08:35 PM

                                                                                                                                            Having grown up in the Detroit area where Vernors is from, I have to agree Vernors is the best ginger ale. It's also reputed to have been part of the first ice cream soda back in 1875, for reasons unknown called a 'Boston Cooler' in these parts. My grandmother used to feed me Boston Coolers on a regular basis as a child to fatten me up (I was skinny back then), and I still enjoy them to this day.

                                                                                                                                            But it appears there is some confusion about the difference between ginger ale and ginger beer. Ginger ale is a soft drink and always has been. Ginger beer started out as an alcoholic beverage, and over the years evolved to non-alcoholic, but still a lot more potent with ginger taste than ginger ale. The best use of ginger beer for me is a Dark & Stormy, either of which Barritt's Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer or Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer will work fine with Gosling's Black Seal Rum and a twist of lime, for a refined way to get tanked up on a hot summer day. Or any day for that matter.....

                                                                                                                                            Canada Dry, Seagram, Schweppes, are all fine, and I prefer any of them (as opposed to Vernors or ginger beer) in a Canadian whiskey highball.

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                                                                                                                                              jeanmarieok RE: Ken H Dec 15, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              Vernor's is my choice for the commercially available ginger ales, too. But my most favorite is Blenheims. It's hard to find locally, though. The hot is HOT!..

                                                                                                                                            2. paulj RE: rworange Dec 15, 2011 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                              How about Natural Brew Outrageous Ginger Ale? - it has a pretty good bite.

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                                                                                                                                                berkleybabe RE: rworange Dec 16, 2011 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                History of Vernor's, oldest soft drink the US, and why it's so distinctive


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                                                                                                                                                  shadee RE: rworange Dec 16, 2011 03:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I am 16 days out from surgery, and one of the requirements is to never drink soda or anything carbonated ever again. So everybody make sure you especially enjoy all your non-alcoholic bubbly drinks even more.

                                                                                                                                                  1. josquared RE: rworange May 6, 2012 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Was lucky enough to find 4-packs of Fever Tree Ginger Ale & Ginger Beer at a local market today to sample with our bison burgers at dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                                                    The ginger ale is very nice, but if you like it gingery and fiery, you can't beat the Ginger Beer (it supplants Bundaberg as my fave now)

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                                                                                                                                                      gradishertom RE: rworange May 7, 2012 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Canada Dry or Vernor's.

                                                                                                                                                      1. MsDiPesto RE: rworange May 12, 2012 09:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                        "Q" Ginger is very good.

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                                                                                                                                                          hawkeyeui93 RE: MsDiPesto May 28, 2014 06:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Had my first taste of "Q Ginger" tonight. It has a little bite and is very complex and more akin to being a ginger beer than a ginger ale. Outside of it being $42/case [8 ounce bottles], it is a fine ginger ale.

                                                                                                                                                          P.S. For those adverse to HFCS, this product is sweetened with agave.

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                                                                                                                                                          alegramarcel RE: rworange Jun 21, 2012 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                          There are quite a few I have not heard of. That's pretty nice that it looks like there are lot of local ginger brews around. My favorites are Reeds (but only the EXTRA ginger brew - the original is not gingery enough for me!) and Bundaberg. Not a big fan of Vernors or any of the mainstream choices.

                                                                                                                                                          I am actually planning a wide spectrum ginger brew taste off for my birthday in July, so will definitely look for some of the names here. I may add a "mainstream" taste off as well, like jessicheese did. I'll be sure to post results!

                                                                                                                                                          We did a root beer taste off a couple years ago and Abita (out of Louisiana) as well as Dad's were two of the favorites! Dad's is pretty mainstream, so it goes to show you that mainstream can still be as good as microbrew! And I went in thinking Virgil's was my favorite, but it did not stand up to the competition.

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                                                                                                                                                            Khotso98 RE: rworange Jun 30, 2012 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Blenheim, Natural Brew, Reeds, Hanson, Stoney Ginger Beer (unfortunately a Coca Cola product, but oh so good and spicy; only available in Africa), Maine Root Ginger Brew, Appalachian Brewing Company Ginger Brew--- preferably with a nice ginger bite and without high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavoring.

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                                                                                                                                                              Leepa RE: Khotso98 Jun 30, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Where is the Appalachian Brewing Co. brew available?

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                                                                                                                                                              feghoot RE: rworange Jul 24, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I usually get Vernor's when I can find it, but I recently sent my husband out to get me some ginger ale when I was feeling nauseated from the flu. As you know, ginger ale is great to drink when your stomach's feeling "iffy." He came back with Schewppes and Canada Dry. The Canada Dry was just OK, but the Schweppes was GREAT! Very crisp and fizzy, with a nice assertive ginger flavor. I'd never had it before, but now it's #2 on my list after Vernor's, and much easier to find in regular grocery stores. What a pleasant surprise!

                                                                                                                                                              1. GraydonCarter RE: rworange Jul 24, 2012 07:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Ginger Ale is a traditional mixer that seems to have fallen by the wayside along with the Rob Roy.

                                                                                                                                                                What kind of "Whiskey and Ginger" combination do you prefer? Previous replies included a vote for Regatta Ginger Beer (BIG ginger flavor without the peppery burn) and Canada Dry, Seagram, or Schweppes, as opposed to Vernors or ginger beer in a Canadian whiskey highball.

                                                                                                                                                                Sometimes you want a mixer that is subdued to allow the flavor of the spirits to come to the forefront. Sometimes a drink that you wouldn't normally drink solo is best for a mixer, like maybe a sharp ale such as Blenheim.

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                                                                                                                                                                  CDouglas RE: rworange Jul 25, 2012 07:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Currently I like Boylan's, Fever Tree, Hansen's and McCutcheon's ginger ales in that order. All clean and crisp with ginger as an actual ingredient and no HFCS.

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                                                                                                                                                                    rockcreek RE: rworange Nov 28, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Bruce Cost. Very spicy, has bits of ginger in it (cloudy), not too sweet. It's more expensive than most, but is certainly distinct.

                                                                                                                                                                    See: http://www.freshgingerale.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                      debbiel RE: rworange Jun 1, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Ahhh....sipping a Blenheim ginger ale here in central IL. Went out to Fresh Market because organic mangos were on sale. And there it was. A few feet away. A Blenheim display. I might have squealed in delight when I saw it.

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                                                                                                                                                                      2. Candy RE: rworange Jun 2, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Fever Tree and while you are getting some, grab some of their tonic. It is the best.

                                                                                                                                                                        PS if you buy their ginger beer, be warned, it is almost lethally spiced. Great for Shandys and Dark & Stormys.

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                                                                                                                                                                          lucylockett RE: rworange Jul 20, 2013 05:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Can you get hold of Schweppes? It's a British make

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Candy RE: rworange Jul 20, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Fever Tree. Both their Ginger Beer (very spicy) and Ginger Ale are excellent. Made in England, cane sugar. Small fizzy bubbles. Their tonic and bitter lemon are superior to any others on the mkt. Peter's Imports (whole sale chain....I mention that because if you request it at an independent store they may be able to order it). I order them from Amazon.

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                                                                                                                                                                              hawkeyeui93 RE: Candy Sep 3, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              I, too, recommend both of the Fever Tree ginger products.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. alkapal RE: rworange Sep 5, 2013 05:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              i thought of this thread when i saw an ad that seagram's ginger ale not only has HFCS but is now using sucralose to "reduce" calories. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucralose

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                                                                                                                                                                                feghoot RE: alkapal Sep 22, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                I tried that Seagram's diet stuff and it tastes terrible. I'm currently watching my calories and wonder if there is ANY diet ginger ale that's any good at all. Maybe something that uses stevia? Any ideas?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  hawkeyeui93 RE: feghoot Sep 22, 2013 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Try Fever Tree's reduced calorie option. Although it is not mind-blowing, they sell a ten calorie Canada Dry product in my neck of the woods [called "TEN"] that has a little more sweetness than Diet Canada Dry.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    sumitrajoy RE: feghoot Jan 24, 2014 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Reed's is currently making a ginger beer with stevia--it is very low in sugars/carbs. 17 grams total carbs. which is pretty low. I haven't tried this particular one, but Reed's does have a decent ginger beer. Some are stronger ginger than others. I am trying to find one that is really strong fresh ginger with very little sweetener and that includes stevia and other plant sweeteners.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      feghoot RE: sumitrajoy Jan 24, 2014 08:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the info on Reed's with stevia. Anyone else found any sugar-free ginger ale, preferably with stevia? I love the Reed's Extra Strong Ginger Brew, but it's loaded with calories, and it's starting to show on me. Tried Canada Dry sugar-free and it's terrible- overly sweet and fake tasting

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                                                                                                                                                                                        hawkeyeui93 RE: feghoot Jan 25, 2014 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Another one is Zevia ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          sumitrajoy RE: feghoot Apr 10, 2014 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Feghoot--did you ever try the Reed's Light Extra Ginger Brew? Besides the Stevia it only has 55 Calories?

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. eclecticsynergy RE: rworange Sep 21, 2013 11:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    One more vote for Bruce Cost. I don't think it's brewed or aged, It's just water and real sugar infused with fresh ginger. It's very spicy and somewhat pricey but the flavor's fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                    For a more conventional soda, Saranac ginger beer is spicy too, and mighty good indeed. But the Bruce Cost is my new favorite.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Shabang RE: rworange Apr 10, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      VERNORS! It's also the oldest. If it doesn't make you cough before you take that first drink... IT AIN"T GINGER ALE!

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                                                                                                                                                                                        hawkeyeui93 RE: Shabang Apr 10, 2014 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have yet to find a strong ginger ale ... I had to switch to a ginger beer to get a soda strong enough to elicit a cough [from the sting of ginger]. With this being said, I really like Vernor's, but it is closer to a creme soda than it is a ginger drink to me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Leepa RE: Shabang Apr 11, 2014 04:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've tried Vernor's a number of times, even a couple of weeks ago, and I don't see the big deal. Blenheim's red cap for me! May not be as old a company, but they've been brewing since 1903. Old enough for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            debbiel RE: Leepa Apr 11, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Bleneheim's red cap. Always.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            coney with everything RE: Shabang Apr 11, 2014 04:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I wish Vernor's would make a retro version, sweetened with sugar instead of HFCS. It's lost a lot of its bite.

                                                                                                                                                                                            But, shout out to Vernor's: Amy Poehler was drinking it in last night's Parks and Rec when she was feeling sick (hint: it wasn't the flu). I guess they have it in Indiana!

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Pat Hammond RE: coney with everything Apr 11, 2014 06:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of "retro", I first tasted Vernor's almost 50 years ago at the big Central Florida fair in Orlando. They were passing out samples and we kept going back for more. It was such a unique, refreshing drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Candy RE: rworange May 29, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Fever Tree

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. LMAshton RE: rworange May 29, 2014 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Elephant House Ginger Beer. It's a Sri Lankan brand that, from what I've read, is exported to some other countries. Where, I don't know. But it is the best I've ever had. It bites back!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, Elephant House ice cream is really good! :)

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