Ginger beer this, ginger beer that—we’ve had it. This is our “Marcia Marcia Marcia” moment. It’s time to give some love to that other ginger soda, ginger ale, the nostalgic classic that reminds us of childhood afternoons and sweet summer day-drinks. Unlike its aggressive sibling, ginger ale provides plenty of ginger flavor without that spicy kick. Get comfy with these five cocktails made with our favorite ginger soda.
The 5 Best Drinks to Make With Ginger Ale
Long before the Moscow Mule, there was the Gin Buck. While the recipe calls for any ginger soda of your choice, we find that mellow ginger ale is the best match for gin’s floral, citrusy botanicals. It’s a pleasantly mild drink when you’re in the mood to sip something smooth but flavorful.
Scotch provides plenty of spicy heat in this Highball, so there's no need to double down with ginger beer. Instead of competing with the whisky, ginger ale lengthens the scotch’s flavor, bringing out sweet honeyed notes and activating the spirit's aromatics. This is Highball harmony.
Most drinkers know the Horse’s Neck for its intricate lemon garnish, which winds its way around the glass, but we think the drink should be famous for its trio of perfectly harmonious ingredients: sweet bourbon, bubbly ginger ale and perky bitters.
This kid-friendly mocktail is perfect with sweet and comforting ginger ale. Made with peach syrup, lemon and mint, the warm weather sipper is perfect for an outdoor family event. When the sun sets and you put the kiddies to bed, you can turn up the drink by spiking it with bourbon.
Because the traditional version uses British “lemonade,” aka lemon-lime soda not commonly available in the States, every Pimm’s Cup made stateside is already a variation—so feel free to experiment. As long as you’re using Pimm’s No. 1, some sort of lemon-lime citrus, seasonal vegetation for garnish, and a bubbly mixer, you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Try adding ginger ale for a distinctly down-home American version of the U.K. classic.