7 Classic Ginger Ale Cocktails

Here are all the top ginger ale cocktails to use this bubbly drink mixer! These classic drinks pair it with whiskey, vodka, beer and more.

Ginger ale cocktail

It’s bubbly, it’s sweet, and it makes any cocktail taste better: it’s ginger ale! Ginger ale is a carbonated drink flavored with ginger that was invented in the 1850’s. Since it’s been around so long, it’s been used for hundreds of years to mix into cocktails. Mix it with any spirit and you’ll make a highball cocktail, a style of drink that has a larger ratio of non alcoholic mixer to liquor.

There are many classic highballs that use ginger ale, from the whiskey highball to the Pimm’s Cup. Even everyone’s favorite mocktail, the Shirley Temple, was originally made with the stuff. So without further ado, here are the top ginger ale cocktails to make with a bottle!

And now…the top classic ginger ale cocktails to try!

Ginger beer is related to ginger ale, but the flavor couldn’t be more different! What’s the difference between ginger beer vs ginger ale? Ginger ale tastes mellow and sweet, but ginger beer has a pronounced ginger flavor and spicy finish. You can replace ginger beer in the above ginger ale cocktails, but it’s got such a different flavor that we consider it a totally unique mixer. Here are a few of our favorite ginger beer cocktails to try:

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Ginger ale cocktails

Best Ginger Ale Cocktails: Whiskey Ginger & More!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make the classic whiskey highball cocktail: tall, bubbly, and all about the spirit! It’s a refreshing way to enjoy your favorite whiskey with ginger ale.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 4 ounces ginger ale 
  • Lemon wedge
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the whiskey and soda water and stir gently.
  2. Squeeze in the lemon wedge and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Ginger ale cocktail

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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