Ginger Ale - Usage

Usage

Ginger ale, as with other ginger products, is often used as a home remedy to alleviate indigestion or motion sickness, or to relieve and to soothe coughs and sore throats. Studies on its effectiveness as an anti-emetic, however, have produced mixed results, with most finding that ginger extract will relieve symptoms of nausea. However, because most brand-name ginger ales contain ginger flavouring rather than ginger extract, most experts believe ginger ale's popularity as a home remedy is the result of placebo rather than ginger. It also contains high levels of sugar, which can cause an osmotic shift, that can affect the bowels more than the desired effect of the ginger.

It is popular in mixed drinks, especially in nonalcoholic ones, and punch, and it is sometimes used as a non-alcoholic substitute for champagne, since the beverages resemble each other in appearance. Ginger ale can be mixed with most hard liquors, beers and wines in many mixed drinks, and is said to mix well with everything. In Jamaica, a common way to consume ginger ale is mixed with Red Stripe beer; this is called a Shandy Graft or a Rocky Susan.

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