Ginger Up

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between ginger beer and ginger ale?

It all began with ginger beer originating in Yorkshire, England in the 18th century. It once contained a small amount of alcohol, unlike its present day predecessor, which is brewed as a soft drink. Ginger ale was created later in the 1900’s. A lighter drink that gained popularity in England, Canada and the US, and has been used as a remedy to settle stomach upsets.

The difference between the two beverages; Ginger beer is actually brewed and fermented while ginger ale is essentially a carbonated beverage made from water and ginger. The fermentation of the ginger beer gives it a stronger flavor with less carbonation.

I acquired a sample of CRAFT Spicy Ginger Beer, while it has enough flavor to stand on its own I used it to mix a few tasty cocktails.

If you love ginger beer you’ll love CRAFT and these recipes!

Dark and Stormy
1/4 lime
2 oz dark rum
10 oz ginger beer

Squeeze the lime over ice, drop it into the ice filled glass. Add rum, top with ginger beer.


Moscow Mule
1.5 oz vodka
3 oz ginger beer
1 bar spoon simple syrup
lime juice to taste.

Mix vodka, simple syrup and lime juice in shaker. Pour over crushed ice, top off with ginger beer. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime.

imageGinger Shandy
Grab a big frosted mug or glass.
Fill 3/4 ale or lager
top with ginger beer
add a wedge of lemon.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on athenaminerva7 and commented:
    yes i have and why my parents who are yorkshire make such a fuss over this.


  2. webofbakes says:

    I’m obsessed with ginger beer in cocktails, definitely going to have to treat myself to a Dark and Stormy! Great post 🙂


  3. So funny! I just googled this yesterday as I’ve become obsessed with Rachel’s Ginger Beer out of Seattle. They do a basic ginger and an extra strong, but they do fun flavors too: hibiscus, white peach, guava. They made the best cocktails!

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  4. Reblogged this on Polite Drinking and commented:
    From our friends at THE AMERICAN COCKTAIL. Exact and to the point


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