Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Ginger Ale and Ginger Beer are ginger flavored soft drinks that have been around for well over 100 years.
Most of the time both ginger ale and ginger beer are both caffeine and alcohol free despite what their names allude to.
Ginger Ale is generally lighter in color, less sweet, and has a lighter ginger flavor.
Ginger Beer is darker in color (often appears cloudy), sweeter, and has a strong ginger taste.
Ginger ale originated in the USA is more popular in the states, while ginger beer is more popular in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand because it was invented in the UK.
However, ginger beer is gaining in popularity in the USA and brands are becoming more prevalent.
Some obscure brands of ginger ale or ginger beer may add caffeine but since caffeine isn't naturally occurring in ginger, it will be listed as an ingredient on the label. If you are in doubt, check there.
Ginger is noted for its health properties including aiding in digestion and with nausea prevention.
Ingredients in Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer
Ginger Ale: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Caramel Color, Natural Flavors
Ginger Beer: Carbonated water, cane sugar, ginger root, natural flavours, acid (citric acid), yeast, preservatives (202, 211), antioxidant (asccorbic acid).
Sugar content: 33 grams (per 12 ounces).Compare sugar levels of other drinks
Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer contains 0.00 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce (0.00mg/100 ml).