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Ginger Ales You have Loved

The message about root beer made me think about the great ginger ales I have had. The best was Jamaica Dry, which came in a green bottles with red and white printing.

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  1. I like the classics: Canada Dry, or Schweppes, When I was a kid I always mixed with oraange juice or pretty much any other fruit juice. Now, I "cut" juice with lemon lime seltzer.

    1. The bite-ier the better. I like the hot Jamaican styles. Reed's will do for an everyday. And when I'm in Canada, a drink a few Old Cockerel ginger beers.

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        If you like hot ginger ales, you should also try Blenheim Extra Hot. It's a southeastern regional ale (made in South Carolina).

        Alas, I love it, but it doesn't love me back, it's almost too painful to drink.

        1. re: jazzy77

          Blenheim is in a class by itself. That is one spicy drink.

          Interestingly, it's now owned by the folks who own famed tourist trap South of the Border (the bottling plant is just a couple miles away). You can pick up Blenheim if you make a pit stop at SOTB.

          1. re: Bob W

            Blenheim's is my favorite of all time! That hot ginger ale is something else! I like Vernors a lot, too. When I was a kid, it always seemed more gingery or something than the regular supermarket brands, so it's the brand I look for at the grocery store.

              1. re: LaLa

                I think my favorite thing about moving to sc is the ability to have Blenheim all the time.

        2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I finally found Blenheim in San Diego!! I was so happy. Of course, all my friends had to try it. I "neglected" to warn of the bite and got to watch them all choke and cough. :)

          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

            Where in Canada are you able to find the Cockerel ginger beers?

            1. re: jordan99

              Mostly in bodegas around downtown Toronto. Any neighborhood with a Caribbean population will be likely to have 'em.

            1. re: azhotdish

              Stirrings. Made with real cane sugar and real ginger. It has Champagne style bubbles. Unfortunately it only comes in 7.5 oz bottles...

              1. re: azhotdish

                Vernors...especially before the HFCS was added. It seems too sweet now.

                1. re: coney with everything

                  Third for Vernors, although they weakened it a bit when RC Cola bought it.

                  Do you know this website? http://www.beveragesdirect.com/

                  Some great ginger ales there, although I would recommend against the Stewart's.

                  1. re: coney with everything

                    I miss the older Vernors recipe that was called ginger beer. Blenheims is very good, so I always buy a case to take home when I visit my sister in Asheville.

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      My mom loved Vernors so much I was well into my 20's before I even thought to try a different brand. It's still my fave, even though I don't drink pop much if I see it around I always get one.

                    2. re: azhotdish

                      Another vote for Vernors...although I haven't had it in 6 years or so since my last visit to Michigan.

                      1. re: heathermb

                        Vernor's is actually available in Toronto these days, although it varies from store to store (and day to day).

                      2. re: azhotdish

                        love vernors.

                        remember vernors ice cream?

                        1. re: xman887

                          I used to enjoy a drink made from half chocolate milk, half Vernor's. Add the Vernor's slowly, as it fizzes like crazy. Incredibly tasty.

                          1. re: KevinB

                            Ginger ale is supposed to have a bite? I didn't know that.

                            I only remember Canada Dry as a kid, my father used to cut his wine with it.

                            And Kevin, I had milk, Bosco, and Canada Dry g/a as a kid! My mother's version of an egg cream, I guess.

                            1. re: dolores

                              i do like the jamacian types as well.
                              for those here in new england
                              who would like to try an ale that is 1 step up up from the typical aks can dry shweppes polar etc..
                              try one called chelmford g-ale it is put out by can dry, polar, maketbasket, it is brown in color and
                              to best describe the difference
                              it is the diff between vanilla ice cream and french vanilla ice cream
                              still sweet just more intense

                      3. Growing up I used to love Sussex Golden Ginger Ale. It's got a nice gingery flavour that's a bit different than Canada Dry. Unforunately, I think it's only available in Eastern Canada so I haven't had it in a while.

                        1. G.U.S - Grown up soda Ginger ale. I think it uses really sugar cane and real ginger. Quite tasty without being sticky sweet.

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                          1. re: john

                            I like GUS as well because it's not too sweet. Also like the really spicy ones such as Blenheim.