“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Soft Drinks „
Neither I nor the hubby are great soft-drink consumers, we probably buy about 10-12 2 litre bottles of "fizzy drinks" a year as a treat. We have bought this product on several occasions, mostly because it tastes nice, is low on calories and just feels more grown-up than Coke, Fanta or any of their equivalents, while also being cheaper. There is a definite ginger taste, although the taste is far from overwhelming - it is just right for us. It also has the perfect amount of fizz too - definitely less than the likes of Coke. For all of the above reasons, this product has become one of our main treats when it comes to soft drinks over the past few years.
However, we recently have had a major incident and unfortunately I cannot see us purchasing this product again any time soon. The problem is with the bottle the product comes in. Usually, the tighter you screw on the cap with a soft drink bottle, the more fizz you manage to keep and the less likely it is that the drink will spill. However, Tesco have obviously scrimped on this bottle because when you screw on the cap, it tightens slightly. When you continue tightening the cap, it seems to "collapse" and it's like you are starting to tighten the cap again from scratch. This cycle continues endlessly. This was not a "once off" either, we have noticed this feature on several occasions. As I said, the drink is not overly fizzy in the first place so this problem with the cheap bottle/cap doesn't have any major impact in this regard. However, if you lay this product flat in the fridge, like my husband decided to do one day, there is a good chance that it will spill all over your fridge, like ours did. All unbagged fruit and veg had a distinct sticky gingery taste and had to be discarded. The clean-up operation was deceptively big. We didn't discover the leak until the following morning, by which stage it had dripped from the top shelf down to each shelf below, before finally settling in the fruit and veg boxes at the bottom of the fridge. It managed to leave a sticky residue, not only on the shelves but on every product it encountered. This cheap bottle cost us a lot of groceries!
And for that one reason alone, I regret to say that I will not be purchasing this product again, until they change the bottle at least!
I like ginger ale and have liked it since I was a lad of about twelve when I tasted it for the very first time. I hadn't had it for years and then I decided one day to buy myself a bottle of Tesco's own brand Ginger Ale. I noticed it was dirt cheap, at only 43p for a litre bottle so I decided to give it a go.
This bottle is the usual plastic one with the twist off lid. I liked the fact that I could hear the familiar hiss of the carbonated drink inside the bottle before I had even fully removed the top . I poured it straight into a tall glass and it fizzed right up to the top. I had to wait a bit for the bubbles to settle and then topped the glass up.
It smelled just as I remembered it - slightly spicy and sweet at the same time. I drank it after I had chilled the bottle very thoroughly in the fridge beforehand - I hate having lukewarm or room temperature fizzy drinks. This ginger ale was a little less warm, mellow and spicy than I remember from my childhood. I always remembered it as having a bit of a kick that I could feel at the back of the throat. Nevertheless, it was still a pleasant enough tasting drink and quite thirst quenching into the bargain.
I also like the fact that it has no artificial flavours or sweeteners in it and it is caffeine free - which has to be better for me than all the Coke I keep drinking.
I have also tried this drink as a mixer and I have to say it goes very nicely with a whisky or two of an evening when it's cold outside. It is nice if served on its own with plenty of ice as a long drink and I think I shall be buying some more of this for when the weather turns warmer for drinking in the back garden as a pleasant alternative to alcohol at family barbeques and the like.
It retains its fizz for approximately three days after opening, and so long as you make sure you put the top on tightly, but after that the bubbles start to wear off.
The little lad also loves this drink and says it's his 'hot cold drink' (I think I know what he means).
Pleasant taste and not expensive so recommended for sure.
Growing up, we always used to have a bottle or two of American Ginger Ale in the house at Christmas. My mother used to like it as a mixer, and would make a long drink of it with Bacardi and plenty of ice. The problem was, I took quite a liking to it myself, and preferred it to the typical fizzy stuff bought for "the kids" to drink over the holidays. There would inevitably be raised voices when my Mum had nothing to mix with her Bacardi as I'd drunk it all instead of whatever sugar and colouring laden fizz had been bought for me. Apparently Bacardi and "Blue Raspberry" drink just didn't work!
To this day I still enjoy the taste of American Ginger Ale, and the Tesco's own brand version is perfectly good when compared to more expensive brands. I am sure some people will say that they can tell the difference between this and the up-market versions. I'm honest enough though to say that if this was served ice cold and I didn't see the bottle I wouldn't be able to tell it from Schweppes! (My wallet knows the difference though!)
I do (rarely) drink this with Bacardi like my Mum, but I am just as happy drinking it as a soft drink on a hot day. It isn't as sweet and cloying and ginger beer, and it has a "dry" flavour that I particularly like. It is a good product to keep in the fridge, as it make a nice mixer if you have guests, but is nice on its own!
I guess this could be summed up well as a "grown-up" soft drink for the summer.
Throughout my childhood my mother had force fed me Enid Blyton bedtime stories, most noteably the Famous Five. Famous five board games, Famous Five books. Famous Five role plays in the garden (with the sadly perma-imagined Timmy as mum and dad wouldn't allow a real life Timmy to enter my life.)
As a result of this, walking down the tesco drink isle and seeing bottles of ginger ale threw me instantly into horrific, nightmareish enid blyton memoried flashbacks. "Aunt Fanny gave George, Julian and Timmy a picnic of cheese sandwiches, fruit cake and lashings of ginger beer to take on their adventure into the old derelict anne summers factory." Well, maybe not, but you get the point.
As a result of this I had decided without trying it that I didn't like ginger beer. Until, that is, I got drunk. My friend one night was drinking 4 shots of whiskey and ginger to my one glass of rose. Half the way through the night we really were rather *issed. For some reason I decided to grab the bottle of ginger ale from him and pulling a face very similar to a bulldog chewing a wasp took the tiniest teeniest sip from the bottle.
Well that was it! I was hooked! and there was no way he was getting the bottle back (much to his now straight whiskey'd disgust).
The drink in question was Tesco American Ginger Ale, on sale for 43p per litre. Much much cheaper than a bottle of my previous favourite, coca cola, and with the added bonus of no caffeine and far lower calories. Ginger ale has a very curious taste, almost spicey and a little bitter. This serves to make the drink feel exceptionally fizzy when this is just the effect of the ginger and spices within. The after taste mellows to a lovely warm taste in the back of the throat and is incredibly and surprisingly refreshing. Its use as a mixer with Whiskey is arguably old fashioned but my friend, bless'im is just that. I can't comment on this oddball concoction as I am far from being a whiskey connoiseur.
Ginger Ale has a permanent place in my shopping list now and is drunk regularly in replacement of coca cola and caffeine based drinks.
So, Nutrition wise how do the 2 compare?
quoted per 250 ml glass
so all in all a victory for Ginger ale there and a worth while replacement for coke in my fridge, plus an awful lot healthier on the wallet to!