Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale: The Difference Explained

When you were younger and had stomach cramps, you might remember your parents making you drink a glass of ginger ale to help relieve some of the pain. Ginger, after all, has been known to contain natural medicinal properties that aid in common digestive problems such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.  

ginger beer vs ginger ale

As you got older, though, you started to realize that ginger is not just perfect for tummy troubles, it’s also a great ingredient for a different kind of stress reliever­­––mixing cocktails.

But aside from both beverages being made of ginger as their main ingredient, are they really the same? Is one really better than the other in terms of taste and health benefits?

Does ginger ale have alcoholic components?

Perhaps you’ve been wondering after all these years of being forced to drink ginger ale for stomach problems if it has any alcoholic content at all. The answer is no. Ginger ale is simply ginger-flavored, artificially carbonated water.

The difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale

If ginger ale is a non-alcoholic, artificially carbonated water, then ginger beer must be alcoholic, right? Why else, will it be called beer for no reason? Although ginger beer is naturally fermented and brewed, it is still classified as non-alcoholic because it’s alcohol content is only less than 0.5% as per FDA requirements.

Another difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is its flavor and aroma. While Ginger ale is mellow and smells sweet, ginger beer has a spicy whiff and gingery taste. The sugar content is low in ginger beer in comparison to ginger ale.

What is the difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale?

Is ginger ale a good substitute for ginger beer when making a Moscow Mule cocktail?

A true-blue Moscow Mule lover knows that what gives the beverage its splendid taste and refreshing aroma is ginger beer. The question is, does ginger ale have the same, if not better effect on the cocktail in terms of flavor and feel?

You can try both but the verdict, ultimately, depends on the drinker.

For those who fancy a sweeter, bubblier, and less fuzzy drinking experience, then ginger ale may be a suitable alternative to Ginger beer. If, however, you prefer your mix to have more intense, citrusy flavours then only ginger beer will do for your Moscow Mule experience.

Is ginger ale a good substitute for ginger beer when making a Moscow Mule cocktail?

Ginger (beer) all the Way

What does Ginger beer really taste like? For one thing, ginger beer is what ginger ale isn’t. Ginger beer has a more intense flavor that gives the beverage its distinct ginger and spice buzz.

You can bring out the wonderful flavors of ginger beer to your Moscow Mule mix with this beautifully handcrafted copper mug. And you’re looking for a delicious bottle of ginger beer but with fewer calories and natural fruit sugar, we’ve got the perfect one for you.

Fever Tree Ginger Beer

This naturally brewed light ginger beer is made from all natural ingredients and is perfect for your cocktail mixes or on its own.

Not a fan of pre-bottled drinks? Then try this recipe and create your own ginger beer concoction right in the comfort of your own home.

Free Copper Mug

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