Ginger is most commonly mixed with whiskey. But here’s the truth: Ginger ale and ginger beer go great with basically any spirit—well, if you avoid picking the wrong ginger, that is. A plastic two-liter bottle or whatever is coming out of the gun at a dive bar are the wrong ginger ales. Those mixers add carbonation, sweetness and little else to the drink. You should expect more from your ginger ale. After all, it’s 75 percent of your drink.
You would be much better off picking up some naturally sourced ginger ales or ginger beer from Fever-Tree. Each style is made with a unique blend of green ginger from the Ivory Coast, earthy ginger from Nigeria and rich, almost chocolaty ginger from Cochin, India.
OK, so Fever-Tree is clearly the right ginger ale. But since Fever-Tree has a whole lineup of different ginger ales, how do you know which one to mix with your favorite spirit? It all depends on the kind of drink you’re craving.
LOOKING FOR A DYNAMIC DRINK WITH A DISTINCT CITRUS FLAVOR?
You can also enjoy a lighter version of any of the drinks by using Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light ginger ale. It’s made using fruit sugar instead of cane sugar, giving it 48 percent fewer calories than the standard option.
Whisk(e)y: It mixes well with Ardbeg and Jameson Original.
Tequila: Fever-Tree ginger ale and Espolón are a perfect match.
Cognac: Anyone with a bottle of Hennessy VSOP is in luck.
IN THE MOOD FOR SOMETHING COMPLEX AND SMOKY?
Rum: Pair Fever-Tree Smoky ginger ale with Plantation Pineapple.
Scotch: Go for Compass Box Peat Monster or Laphroaig Caidas Fino.
Liqueur: The floral notes of St-Germain make it a good base.
DO YOU PREFER YOUR DRINKS PUNCHY AND FRUIT-FORWARD?
Wine: Mix Lillet Blanc and Spiced Orange ginger ale for a delicious apéritif.
Bourbon: Buffalo Trace has the right amount of sweetness to mix with spiced orange ginger ale.
Rum: Only mix Spiced Orange ginger ale with quality aged rum. Chairman’s Reserve and Bacardí Ocho are excellent choices.
Vodka: Enjoy ginger beer with Grey Goose La Poire or Tito’s.
Gin: Forget the Gin & Tonic. Grab Plymouth sloe gin and make a Gin & Ginger.
Tequila: Ginger beer is just the thing to elevate Patrón silver.