I’ve mentioned quite frequently here that I have long lamented the fact that ginger ale isn’t exactly the most popular carbonated bevvie in this particular part of the world. This, in itself, is inexplicable given the popularity of salabat – a sweetened hot infusion of ginger-root in water – in both its traditional and modern [instant granulated and pre-sweetened] forms.
Whenever available, ginger ale (or its cloudier, spicier counterpart ginger beer) is rather pricey, sometimes going as high as P 65.00 for a bottle. (That was how much a small bottle of Angus O’Neill ginger beer was the last time I checked.) A local brand, MixMate, recently joined the fray – but, upon closer inspection, it was a fraud: there was utterly no real ginger in it, just a chemical flavoring substitute!
Luckily, just when I thought I was going to have to pawn an arm, a leg, and several other vital organs to get a regular supply of ginger ale, 7-11 stores began touting Aussie sipper Roots Ginger Brew in its chiller section. This particular import from Down Under is a delicious little soda with real ginger infusion and has a great balance of sweetness to nose-nipping spiciness.
Roots is fan-bloody-tastic enough on its own, but I daresay it will go over well as a spicy counterpoint to dark rum served over ice in a classic Dark and Stormy cocktail. Plus, I’m of the opinion that it would be gorgeous in an ice cream float if poured over frosty scoops of either mango or vanilla-almond ice creams.
Oh, and for all you ginger-lovin’ cheapskates out there (Aye, I am definitely one of you!), each bottle will set you back a measly P 21.00. 😉