Rediscovering The Tingling, Zesty Taste Of Ginger Beer Opposed To The Tepidity Of Ginger Ale.
Some of those who know me might find this difficult to believe, but I have not always been a ‘dipso‘. If anything, by British standards, & especially those of the late 1960s & 1970s, I started consuming alcohol very late in my life! I did not start drinking alcohol, in any form or format, until I had turned 20. In those days, if my memory is true, an adult could buy you a drink at a pub when you were 14. At 18 nearly everyone I knew & associated with drank, bar I. [And, for totally different reasons, I also refused to touch (or even go near) drugs. That was a blessing. Wow, can you picture I on drugs. That would have been scary — mainly to I.]
Pre-dipso, I (living in the U.K. (of course)) drank ginger beer. And it used to be good ginger beer.
Once I moved onto alcohol I still drank ginger beer, but not to the same extent as before.
Then in 1985 I came to the U.S.
Don’t know what happened. Maybe ginger beer was not as readily available. I started drinking ‘Schweppes’ & ‘Canada Dry’ ginger ale — often with liberal helpings of whiskey (in some form).
I have continued to drink Ginger Ale — albeit Diet. It is the ONLY soda I drink.
Then last Sunday, Father’s Day, after our hikes in the North Country I was still thirsty. These days, with COVID-19, I no longer stop to get coffee. Stopped at a Hannaford & I saw some CRAFT ginger beer. Bought a bottle. WOW. WOW. It was good. Kick like a mule. Who needed alcohol. Then the wife pointed out that I was on a SUGAR HIGH.
Some 38.5g of CARBS. Sacré Bleu. Wow. No wonder it felt so good. Given my near obesity I can’t afford to imbibe that many carbs. That is nearly my entire quota for a day.
So, I looked around for DIET ginger beer. They do make it, though, one brand, ‘Bundaberg‘, which is good, is NOT totally sugar-free. Reduced sugar, but sugar nonetheless. I will have to give it a miss. I am fat enough already. I need to lose 20lbs, NOT gain another 20lbs.
I tried the ‘Goslings‘ too. Not as good. Definitely flatter. Not as zesty. But, NO sugar.
I will let you. Even at 0 calories I will only drink one a day. My weight is an issue. SMILE.