Our ginger ale and orange juice recipe makes a refreshing drink. It’s tangy, sweet, gingery, and really fizzy.
What Is Ginger Ale?
Ginger ale is a non-alcoholic, ginger-flavored carbonated beverage sold in cans or bottles. It’s often drunk as is, but we prefer making non-alcoholic cocktails out of it, like this one.
Since we’re preparing a sweet drink, we picked the golden kind instead of pale dry for its sweetness. Ginger juice (from about a knob of ginger) is also added because we feel it needs to be more fragrant.
You can make ginger ale at home with a few simple steps, but for convenience, we’re using canned goods today.
Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer
To put it simply, the beer is the one with alcohol in it, while the ale doesn’t contain any.
If you’re thinking, “That’s strange,” so are we, because the usual ale has a higher alcohol content than beer. Ironically, ginger ale is an exception and we, too, don’t understand how it got its name.
Originally, this carbonated drink was fermented with yeast, and the product often contained both alcohol and carbon dioxide. So, it used to be an alcoholic beverage back in the day.
Now, the drink is not fermented, but rather, carbonated by dissolving carbon dioxide directly in the liquid. Since fermentation doesn’t take place, the drink does not contain a single particle of alcohol.
Ginger beer, on the other hand, has always been a product of fermentation, and used to be 11% alcohol! For some reason, regulations have been passed and they are now only 0.5%.
Is This Juice Healthy?
1. Benefits of Ginger Ale
Ginger has been widely known for its medicinal benefits throughout the ages. It can help treat nausea, reduce muscle pain, soreness, and more.
It also contains decent amounts of vitamins and minerals.
However, we’re not going to sugarcoat this— ginger ale isn’t as nutritious as real ginger. Assuming the ginger ale brand makes ginger ale from real ginger, there is still very little ginger.
This is why we include ginger in our recipe. It adds a stronger fragrance, warmth, and definitely more nutrients.
Despite its low ginger content, we still wanted to share this ginger ale and orange juice recipe. It’s still a tasty beverage and better than other sodas because of the nutrition from real ginger and orange juice.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.