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In Which Ginger Ale Becomes More Mainstream – Well, Sort Of…

Roots Ginger Brew

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.  😉



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

One thought on “In Which Ginger Ale Becomes More Mainstream – Well, Sort Of…

  1. OMG, I know what you mean about the lack of ginger ale availability and even if we do find it, it’s so pricey! Hubs and I stock up on cans whenever we find Canada Dry or Schwepps. We tried MixMate and poured it down the drain after a few sips. Thanks so much for scoping out Roots Ginger Brew – I’m going to check our 7-11 for it. We have two favorite ginger ale cocktails that you might like: a Jamie & Ginger (mixed with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey; if that’s not available, try it with Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey, which we then call a Ginger Bush!). The other is a Moscow Mule – ginger ale and vodka. Cheers! 😎

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