ale is a carbonated soft drink flavored with
Ginger ales come in two varieties:
golden ginger ale and dry ginger ale. Golden ginger ale is
dark colored, generally sweet to taste, with a strong ginger spice
flavor. It is the older style and there is little or no difference
between this and non-alcoholic versions of ginger beer.
Many believe golden ginger ale is a form of ginger beer brought into
North America by migrants from Eastern Europe, where it had been
known for centuries. Golden ginger ale, like ginger beer, is mainly
consumed as a soda type drink in its own right.
Dry ginger ale (paler, and with
much less of the ginger "kick") became popular in the United States
during the Prohibition era when it was used as a mixer for alcoholic
beverages as the strong flavor of golden ginger ale was undesirable.
Dry ginger ale quickly surpassed golden ginger ale in popularity,
and today, golden ginger ale is an uncommon, and usually regional,
Vernors, Blenheim, A-Treat, Bull's Head, Chelmsford, Buffalo Rock,
Sussex and Red Rock are brands of golden ginger ale. By
contrast dry ginger ale is produced on a vast scale for national and
international consumers. Canada Dry, Schweppes and Seagram's
are major brands of dry ginger ale.
Ginger ale is rarely sold through in vending
machines or soda fountains. The drink is marketed as a mixer for
alcoholic beverages and as such is a staple on supermarket shelves,
in bars, and on airlines.