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Enjoy The Magic Of Ginger Beer In These 6 Cocktails

By: Shireen Jamooji

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Though it may have a misleading name, Ginger Beer is not all that alcoholic and is categorised as a soft drink that is still common, but maybe not as popular as it once was. Known for its starring role in popular beverages like the Moscow Mule and the Dark 'n' Stormy, it boasts a surprisingly rich history that dates back to the late 1800s in England. In its early days, ginger beer was enjoyed as an alcoholic beverage, akin to hard cider, gaining popularity throughout Queen Victoria's reign. Although historical records remain silent on whether the Queen herself indulged in this effervescent concoction, it was undoubtedly a beverage of the times.

What is Ginger Beer?

The production of ginger beer involves a fermentation process, where a blend of ginger, water, sugar, cream of tartar, and yeast comes together. Some recipes may include lemon peel and juice or citric acid to enhance the flavour profile. Notably, ginger beer is bottled before the fermentation process reaches completion, resulting in a mildly alcoholic (around 0.5% ABV)  and naturally carbonated beverage.

Distinguishing itself from its sweeter counterpart, ginger ale, soft (nonalcoholic) ginger beer offers a more pronounced ginger flavour and a less sugary taste compared to ginger ale. Ginger ale, on the other hand, is a soft drink created by combining carbonated water with the essence of ginger, various flavourings, colouring agents, and sweeteners, be they sugar or other real or artificial alternatives.

As ginger beer continues to play a central role in contemporary mixology, its historical roots add an extra layer of charm to this timeless beverage. Whether enjoyed on its own or as a key element in a refreshing cocktail, ginger beer remains a versatile and enduring favourite.

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6 Ginger Beer Cocktails To Try

Ginger beer, with its robust and spicy profile, serves as a versatile mixer for creating delightful cocktails. From classics to contemporary concoctions, the following list showcases eight must-try ginger beer cocktails that promise to elevate your drinking experience.

Moscow Mule

A timeless classic, the Moscow Mule combines vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. The result is a refreshing and zesty drink served in a signature copper mug, offering a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spice.

Dark 'n' Stormy

Originating from Bermuda, the Dark 'n' Stormy pairs dark rum with ginger beer, creating a rich and flavourful drink. The layered presentation, resembling storm clouds in a dark sky, adds to its visual appeal.

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Gin-Gin Mule

For gin enthusiasts, the Gin-Gin Mule is a treat. Mixing gin, mint, lime juice, and ginger beer, it provides a sophisticated twist to the classic Moscow Mule, with the herbal notes of gin complementing the spiciness of ginger.

Ginger Whiskey Smash

A delightful fusion of bourbon, fresh mint, lemon juice, and ginger beer, the Ginger Whiskey Smash is a smooth and vibrant cocktail. It's a perfect choice for those who appreciate the warmth of whiskey coupled with the invigorating kick of ginger.

Mexican Mule

Infusing tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer, the Mexican Mule adds a south-of-the-border flair to the classic Moscow Mule. The tequila's earthy notes pair harmoniously with the spiciness of ginger, creating a fiesta for the taste buds.

Ginger beer cocktails offer a delightful spectrum of flavours and a lightly spiced profile for a unique drinking experience. 

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