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Whiskey and Ginger Ale – Sugar and Charm


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Whiskey and Ginger Ale is an simple mixed drink with only two ingredients. If you love whiskey, you’ll want to try this refreshing cocktail. It takes minutes to make, is affordable, and is great to sip year-round. You don’t have to be a mixologist to create this drink.

Whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. It’s aged in wooden barrels, which are often made of charred white oak. It has a complex flavor and when paired with ginger ale it’s very refreshing and bubbly.

The Trendy popular whiskey cocktail is an ancient-fashioned or a whiskey sour. We love them both, but would never turn down a whiskey sour. 

whiskey and ginger ale

All About Ginger Ale

Ginger ale is a carbonated drink flavored with ginger. It is consumed on its own or as a mixer with spirits, like whiskey. Thomas Joseph Cantrell, an Irish apothecary, manufactured the first ginger ale in Northern Ireland in the 1850s.

There are two main types of ginger ale, a golden style, and a dry style. We use Canada Dry or Reed’s for our cocktails. Ginger is a natural stimulant with a delicious spice, and is used as a home remedy. It’s the great mixer for a fast cocktail.

What’s a Whiskey Ginger

Another name for whiskey and ginger ale is whiskey ginger. A two-ingredient cocktail made with whiskey and ginger ale. It’s similar to a whiskey high ball but made with ginger ale. 

Whiskey ginger is also served in a highball glass and is part of the highball cocktail family. Highball cocktails are spirits mixed with tonic water or club soda served over ice in a tall glass. They’re refreshing and great to sip anytime.

How to Make Whiskey and Ginger Ale

You only need these two ingredients:

Whiskey – Try a golden whiskey like Jameson. Something that has a small sweetness to it, that will with the bubbles and ginger flavor.

Ginger Ale – A carbonated soft drink made with ginger.

Lime – Fresh lime juice adds acidity to this drink and takes it to the next level. It can be optional if you don’t have lime available, but we recommend it.

Pour the whiskey into a tall glass filled with ice.

Top with ginger ale, give it a stir and enjoy!

pouring whiskey in a glass filled with ginger ale

What whiskey is good with ginger ale?

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey or Apple – Tennessee honey has hints of honey and a smooth terminate. The Apple version is sweet with a hint of apple that also pairs well with ginger ale.

Jameson Irish Whiskey – The Trendy popular Irish whiskey in the world. This whiskey has a sweet honey fragrance of malted barley with subtle oak notes. It has subtle notes of tobacco, Graham cracker, and vanilla, with a hint of citrus.

Bulleit – This whiskey has a sweet oak flavor and light spiciness. It has hints of maple, oak, and nutmeg. It goes really well paired with ginger flavors.

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky – Made with red winter wheat, instead of rye for full-flavored bourbon.

Templeton Rye Whiskey – Sweet and spicy flavor with aromas of caramelized banana, vanilla, cinnamon. It’s not super oaky and has a honey flavor.

Tips for Making this Cocktail

  • Always serve this drink in a highball glass.
  • Use a lot of ice, fill the glass to the top!
  • Add a small fresh lime juice or lemon juice to the drink.
  • Add more or less whiskey depending on how strong you prefer it.
  • Swap out ginger ale with lemon-lime soda.

Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale

Ginger ale is a ginger-flavored soft drink. Originally this drink was carbonated by fermentation. The modern brands of ginger ale are artificially saturated with carbon dioxide. Ginger ale has a mild ginger flavor and is less carbonated than ginger beer

Ginger beer has a stronger, spicier ginger flavor. It’s non-alcoholic and made with genuine ginger.

Our Favorite Ginger Ale Brands

Fever-Tree – We use Fever Tree’s ginger beer and tonic water too. It’s high quality and always tastes good.

Canada Dry – A classic, popular ginger ale that has been around for over 100 years.

Reed’s – They use quality ingredients with zero artificial flavors.

Schweppes – The world’s first soft drink since bottled soda water, in 1783! It has a great flavor and they also make a sugar-free ginger ale.

Here are 9 of the top natural ginger ale brands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is ginger ale the same as soda?

Ginger ale is a type of soda made with ginger. It’s a carbonated soft drink that is sweetened with sugar. It’s great on its own or mixed with a spirit. 

Can you use ginger beer in a Whiskey Ginger?

You can use ginger beer for whiskey ginger. The flavor will be a small different, but still taste bubbly and refreshing. Ginger beer has a stronger ginger flavor. We use ginger beer in our Moscow mule recipes.

How much lime is in Jameson & Ginger Ale?

The lime adds a refreshing flavor to the drink. For this recipe, we add about 1 ounce, but you can add more or less.

When to Serve a Whiskey and Ginger Ale

This drink is so simple to make and served all year! It’s great for parties because it’s can be mixed together quickly. Here are some fun occasions to serve this cocktail:

Brunch

Pool Party

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also great for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Saint Patrick’s Day Party

Kentucky Derby Party

Cookies and Cocktail Party

More Cocktails with Ginger Ale

If you love ginger ale, try some of these cocktail recipes!

Jolly Rancher Punch – Our Trendy popular Halloween cocktail recipe made with ginger ale. It’s great fro a party!

Watermelon and Honeydew Sangria – We love this festive snagria recipe filled with summer fruits and also sweetened with ginger ale.

Three Ingredient Kids Punch – This is a fabulous punch recipe for kids and the ginger ale hides the taste of carrot juice!

Easy Christmas Punch – Our favorite Christmas punch recipe made with just 4 ingredients!

how to make a whiskey ginger ale

Cocktails Made with Whiskey

Here are more of our favorite whiskey cocktail recipes

Orange Juice and Whiskey – An simple mixed drink that is great for brunch.

Whiskey Lemonade – This is another fantastic drink. We make it with pink lemonade for a fun twist!

Green Tea Whiskey Punch – A punch made with tea, ginger ale and whiskey.

Irish Whiskey Sangria – This is a great cocktail for Saint Patricks’ Day! Filled with citrus flavors and apples.

Red Over Manhattan – A red wine cocktail made with whiskey.

Also try our vodka soda, gin and tonic, Tom Collins and strawberry tequila sodas!

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Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg




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