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The 6 Best Ginger Beers for Your Moscow Mule and Dark and Stormy

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Ginger beer is a powerful mixer. By day, it’s a delicious booze-free drink. But by night, it combines with a spirit—any spirit—to become an instantly iconic cocktail. The two most famed ginger beer cocktails are the Moscow Mule, a vodka-and-lime-spiked cocktail whose signature copper mug has earned it quite a cult following, and the Dark and Stormy, a moody blend of dark rum, ginger beer and lime.

As simple as these fizzy cocktails are, they can fall flat if you choose the wrong brand of ginger beer. To ensure your Moscow Mule or Dark and Stormy caters perfectly to your tastes—whether you prefer yours spicy, sweet or ultra-fizzy—here are the ginger beers your cocktails need.

For an Extra-Gingery Drink, Try Reed’s All Natural Jamaican Style Ginger Beer

Any Mule or Dark and Stormy topped with Reed’s Jamaican-style offering is a ginger-lover’s dream come true. It boasts 17 grams of ginger per bottle, as well as citrus, cane sugar, pineapple and spices. If your cocktail’s still not gingery enough, spice-up two levels with the Extra (26 grams of ginger) or the Stronger (39 grams of ginger) Reed’s.

For a Super-Fizzy Drink, Try Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

To create its refreshing mixer, Fever-Tree blends ginger from three countries: Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South West India. Though not excessively spicy, this ginger beer does leave a lasting ginger twinge in the back of the throat and has a fresh aroma carried by a super-fine fizz.

For a Crisp Drink, Try Gosling’s Ginger Beer

You may recognize the name of this ginger beer from Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, the official rum of the Dark and Stormy (the company actually owns the trademark on the cocktail). Though it’s not as natural as many of the ginger beers on the market, using high fructose corn syrup instead of cane sugar for sweetness, it’s one of the more widely available ginger beers on the market and a good choice for those who like a little spice and heavy carbonation.

For a Mild Drink, Try Cock ’n Bull Ginger Beer

Cock ‘n Bull claims to the be “originator” of the Moscow Mule, so it’s no wonder this ginger beer makes a mean cocktail. If intense ginger flavor is too much for you, but you still want an all-natural product, then stock up on this brew. It will give your Moscow Mules a gentle kick without burning your nostrils.

For a Fresh Drink, Try Maine Root Ginger Brew

Though not technically a ginger beer, this “brew” from Maine Root wins the award for packing the most natural ginger flavor into a 12-ounce bottle. Its flavor is less acidic than some ginger beers, and the blend of ginger, cane juice and spices won’t leave ginger die-hards wanting. But be warned: This ginger brew comes with plenty of sediment floating around in the drink—so pour carefully.

For a Spicy Drink, Try Ginger People Bottoms Up Ginger Beer

If you’re all about the spice, this little known ginger beer from the aptly named Ginger People is your new best friend. It’s made with carbonated water, cane sugar and ginger juice, with a dose of citric acid to give it its signature bite. Like a number of other ginger beers, this product is not filtered, which only adds more texture and flavor to any glass.

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