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What Alcohol To Mix With Ginger Ale: 10 Mixers (2023)

Last Updated on January 12, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Ginger ale gives warmth, some bubbles, and a touch of spice to the cocktail mix. 

It is sweet, bubbly, and slightly spicy, which can make your cocktail taste better, plus you can whip it up in less than 5 minutes. 

So, what alcohol should you mix with ginger ale? Read on to find out. 

Top 10 Alcohols You Can Perfectly Mix With Ginger Ale 

10. Blended Whiskey

Bottles of Blended Whiskey

Ginger ale picks out the spicy elements in the blended whiskey, making it punchy and great on the palate. 

Blended Scotch Whisky & Ginger Ale

Prep Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 50 ml Blended Whisky (Scotch)
  • 50 ml Ginger Ale
  • 1 lime wedge (garnish)

Instructions: 

Get a tall glass with ice and pour 50ml Blended Scotch whisky. Top it off with ginger ale and then garnish with a lime wedge. 

Serving: 1

9. Cognac

2 Bottles of Hennessy Cognac

Cognac tastes similar to brandy but has exclusive flavor sensations like spicy, fruity, sweet, and bitter. 

Remy Ginger

Prep Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oz Ginger ale
  • 2 oz Cognac
  • 2 dashes of Aromatic Bitters

Instructions: 

Fill a highball glass with fresh ice and pour the cognac. Top it off with ginger ale and two dashes of aromatic bitters. Stir it with a bar spoon before serving with a lime wedge on top. 

Serving: 1

8. Bourbon

Different Bourbon Bottle Brands

Bourbon is aged in charred oak barrels for a minimum of two years [1], so it has rich notes of vanilla, caramel, and oak. It blends greatly with Ginger ale and does not fade easily. 

Whiskey Ginger Ale

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 12 oz Ginger Ale
  • 4 oz bourbon
  • 4 lime wedges
  • 4 pcs candied ginger (optional)

Instructions: 

In four ice-filled glasses, pour an ounce of bourbon and divide the ginger ale into equal parts. Squeeze the lime wedges on each glass and garnish with candied ginger. 

Serving: 4

7. Vodka

Bottle of Smirnoff Vodka

Vodka is a distilled liquor that is colorless and does not have a definite aroma or taste [2].

When combined with mixers like ginger ale, you can craft a refreshing cocktail with a nice kick. 

Vodka Highball

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 5 oz ginger ale
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Cucumber for garnish

Instructions: 

Build the vodka, ginger ale, and fresh lime juice in a highball with ice. Stir it well and garnish with a long thin slice of cucumber. Serve and enjoy. 

Serving: 1

6. Gin 

3 Bottles of Gin in Different Brands

Gin features a herbal flavor with spices and citrus notes, so when you mix it with ginger ale, it can elevate your cocktail and blend great. 

Gin Buck

Prep Time: 3 mins

Total Time: 3 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 4-6 oz Ginger ale
  • Lemon wedge (garnish)

Instructions: 

In a tall glass with ice, pour the gin. Slowly pour the ginger ale and top it off with a lemon wedge. 

Serving: 1

5. Red Wine

2 Glasses of Red Wine

Red wine has a dark, sweet flavor with a perfect balance of sourness and bitterness.

Once you mix ginger ale with red wine, the spiciness and sweetness blend in. 

Red Wine Cooler

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 5 oz Red Wine
  • 6 oz diet ginger ale
  • Orange slices

Instructions: 

Get two coupe glasses with ice and pour half of the Red wine into each glass. Top it off with diet ginger ale and orange slices. 

Serving: 2

4. Rum

Diplomatico  Rum Bottle and a Glass

Rum lends a distinct sweetness and spicy kick, so when combined with ginger ale, it is tastier, delectable, and enjoyable to drink. Aged rum works great for this recipe. 

“The ginger ale will just enhance it and add a sensational spice on the finish”

– Anthony Bates, Head Bartender at The Polo Bar for Ralph Lauren 

Rum & Ginger Ale

Prep Time: 4 mins

Total Time: 4 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oz Aged rum
  • 4 oz Ginger ale
  • 1 lime wedge

Instructions: 

Add the rum and stir to combine in a glass with clear ice. Slowly pour the ginger ale and squeeze the juice from the lime wedge. Add lime wedge or wheels on top. 

Serving: 1

3. Tequila 

Pouring Patrón Reposado Tequila Bottle on a Jigger

Tequila is smooth, fruity, sweet, herbaceous, and earthy. Mixing ginger ale with tequila can bring out interesting notes of tequila and make something tasty and refreshing. 

Tequila & Ginger Ale

Prep Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients: 

Instructions: 

In a glass with clear ice, add tequila and stir it well. Top it off with ginger ale and garnish with one lime wedge. 

Serving: 1

2. Whiskey

glass of whiskey

Whiskey contains high alcohol content, so aside from the bitterness and kick from the spirit, you can taste the spirit’s smokiness, oakiness, fruitiness, and sweetness. 

Classic Whiskey Ginger 

Prep Time: 3 mins

Total Time: 3 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 oz Irish whiskey
  • 5 oz Ginger ale
  • 1 lime wedge

Instructions: 

Get a highball glass and add a handful of ice. Pour in the whiskey and top it off with ginger ale. Squeeze the lime wedge on top and drop it in before serving. 

Serving: 1

1. Beer 

2 glasses of beer

Beer is sour, malty, bitter, hoppy, and fruity, so when you combine it with ginger ale, the spiciness and sweetness will blend in. 

Ginger Shandy

Prep Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz chilled lager beer
  • 8 oz chilled ginger ale

Instructions: 

In a pint glass, combine the ingredients and stir to combine. 

Serving: 1

FAQs 

Can you drink ginger ale on its own?

Yes, you can drink ginger ale on its own. It is a carbonated drink with spice ginger, so you can enjoy it on its own. 

Is ginger ale just Coke & Sprite?

Yes, ginger ale could be just Coke and Sprite. Mix in 70% sprite and 30% diet coke, and you have your homemade ginger ale.  

In Conclusion

Ginger ale is a versatile drink, and while you can enjoy it on its own, you can mix it in various alcoholic drinks like beer, whiskey, tequila, gin, and rum to make tasty cocktails. 

No worries if you run out of ginger ale because you can whip your own with Coke and Sprite. 

References:

  1. https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/04/5-rules-that-make-it-bourbon.html 
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vodka 

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