Is Ginger Beer alcoholic? Ginger Beer, despite a name that suggests otherwise, is classified as a non-alcoholic drink. The fact that when poured, it has a nice frothy head just serves to confuse us even more. However, in the aisles of your local grocery store, you will find the Ginger Beer stocked with the other soft drinks. Of course, the definition here is both legal and scientific as Ginger Beer does contain a trace of alcohol, but it is so low (0.5%) as to be negligible.
A Brief History Of Ginger Beer
It is true that at one point in time (back in England in Victorian times) Ginger Beer was an alcoholic drink – hence the use of “beer” in the name. If “Is Ginger Beer alcoholic” crosses your mind today, you should know most commercial brands are now non-alcoholic. Not only that, modern Ginger Beer is a popular drink amongst children in the UK.
Moscow Mules are generally prepared with a non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. All varieties of the Moscow Mule (such as the Kentucky Mule and the Glasgow Mule) are also mixed using non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. There are some tasty alcoholic Ginger Beers on the market like Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and Sobeys that have an alcohol content of around 4.8%. But the idea is that the vodka in the Moscow Mule provides all of the alcohol you need.
Ginger Ale Vs. Ginger Beer
So now that we’ve answered the age-old question about whether Ginger Beer is alcoholic or not, what’s the difference between Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale?
One difference between the two is that Ginger Beer is darker and cloudier than Ginger Ale. And if you can’t tell the difference between the two with your eyes, take of sip of both and you will notice that Ginger Beer is spicier and has a stronger taste than Ginger Ale. That is why Moscow Mules are always prepared with Ginger Beer and never Ginger Ale. The fact is that Ginger Ale is just not robust enough to stand up to the other flavors in the Moscow Mule and ends up being overpowered by the lime and the vodka.
Is Ginger Beer Alcoholic?
There is little doubt that the Ginger Beer that was used to serve the original Moscow Mules back in 1946 when the drink first gained popularity in and around Hollywood, was stronger and had a higher alcohol content than the contemporary version.While a few Moscow Mules might make you a little tipsy due to the Vodka content, you can be sure that the Ginger Beer is not to blame for giving you the urge to dance the night away.