Ginger beer vs ginger ale: what’s the difference between these bubbly drinks? When to use one or the other? Here’s what you need to know.
Ginger beer vs ginger ale: what’s the difference? They’re both bubbly drinks made with ginger, but there’s a significant difference between the two. Which should you use in a Moscow mule, and which goes in a Shirley Temple or Pimm’s Cup? Here’s what you need to know!
Ginger beer vs ginger ale: what’s the difference?
Ginger beer and ginger ale are both bubbly ginger drinks, but they taste different and are used in different ways. Here’s a breakdown:
- Ginger beer is very bubbly with a strong ginger flavor, with a spicy finish. It’s brewed and fermented. Years ago it was an alcoholic beer, but today’s ginger beer is non-alcoholic.
- Ginger ale has a mild, mellow flavor and is sweeter than ginger beer. It’s essentially a ginger flavored soft drink and is also non-alcoholic.
Ginger beer vs ginger ale: when to use them?
Both ginger beer and ginger ale can be sipped on their own, but both are also popular cocktail mixers! These non-alcoholic mixers add a lovely bubbly effervescence to drinks. While they both bring a ginger flavor, there are some major differences.
- Ginger beer adds a strong, spicy ginger finish to cocktails. It’s popularly used in the Moscow mule and the Dark and Stormy. Don’t substitute ginger ale for ginger beer in these cocktails: the ginger beer flavor makes the drink!
- Ginger ale is much milder, and is a nice cocktail mixer when you want bubbles and sweetness. Try it in cocktails and mocktails where you want the flavors to meld together, like a Pimm’s Cup or Shirley Temple. Many of the cocktails that call for ginger ale as a mixer also work with ginger beer, depending on your flavor preferences.
Popular ginger beer and ginger ale cocktails
Which famous cocktails use ginger beer or ginger ale? Here are a few to try:
Popular Ginger Beer Cocktails
Try these ginger beer cocktails when you’ve got a few bottles. What are the best ginger beer brands? We like Q Ginger Beer and Fever Tree.
- Classic Moscow Mule: Vodka, ginger beer and lime in a copper mug is as classic as you get! You can also use it in the following variations:
- Dark and Stormy Dark rum, ginger beer and lime
- Kentucky Mule Bourbon, ginger beer, and lime
- Mexican Mule Tequila, ginger beer and lime
- Gin Gin Mule Gin, ginger beer, lime, mint, simple syrup
- Irish Mule Irish whiskey, ginger beer and lime
Popular Ginger Ale Cocktails
Most of these ginger ale cocktails also work with ginger beer. (Just don’t swap the other way around!)
- Whiskey Highball Whiskey and soda water or ginger ale
- Shandy Beer and ginger ale, ginger beer or sparkling lemonade
- Pimm’s Cup Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale or ginger beer, lemon
- Transfusion Concord grape juice, vodka, lime, ginger ale
- Shirley Temple Lime juice, grenadine, ginger ale or ginger beer
- Prep Time: 3 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 3 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
The best ginger beer cocktail? The bold and fizzy Moscow mule! Mix lime, ginger beer and vodka in an ice cold copper mug.
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka
- ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces (½ cup) ginger beer
- For the garnish: lime wheel or wedge, fresh mint (if desired)
- In a copper mug or glass, pour in the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer.
- Add ice and garnish with a lime slice. Serve immediately.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Cocktails
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: Ginger beer vs ginger ale
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