I love ginger ale and that’s no lie. I love the zing of it, the fiery sweetness with lightly citric undertones. There is something so wholesome, yet so incendiary about it: it’s more healthful than more popular, conventional carbonated beverages, but it’s also the sort of thing that wakes up your tastebuds, unshackling you from the usual saccharine-sweet orange-lemon-cola-lemon/lime bevvies you could pick up anywhere.
So you could just imagine how excited I was one afternoon when I found the turmeric-ginger soda over at Zigla on the second floor.
The color is a trifle off: a shade darker than the wonted pale, golden, shimmery, almost champagne-like glow of most commercially-available ginger ales – until you realize that you have to gently swirl the bottle a little because the ginger and turmeric sediment has settled at the bottom of the bottle. (Don’t shake it!) Once you’ve popped off the cap, your nostrils will be assaulted by the sharp, zingy, fiery aroma of fresh, just crushed rhizomes. If you have a nasty head cold, the smell alone will be enough to clear those clogged sinuses!
Flavor-wise, it is also unlike any ginger soda I’ve ever had. It is more fiery and tart rather than just warmly sweet. There is the faintly bitter aftertaste imparted by the grated turmeric and you have to take small sips of the stuff rather than huge gulps as drinking this too fast will feel like something’s burning down your throat.
Nevertheless, this dinky little soda is surprisingly healthy and is spot-on useful for dealing with sore throats, head colds, sinusitis, and even cases of dyspepsia and indigestion. (Ginger, after all, being an excellent digestive.) I can’t say I’ll snag another bottle anytime soon, but at least I know now what to drink if the sniffles come along. :p