But what is this ginger beer of which I speak? Well, it's a type of carbonated beverage, flavored primarily with ginger, lemon and sugar. It originated in England in the mid 1700s, and it reached its peak of popularity in the early 1900s.
I know I was first attracted to it because it was the only carbonated drink in my small Midwest hometown that came in a can (otherwise it was nuthin' but bottles back then). And I grew to dig that gingery goodness.
Ginger beer is similar to ginger ale except that it has a significantly stronger ginger taste. Other distinctions, are the cloudy appearance (which is traditional), a predominately citrus sour taste base, and the spicy bite.
But I soon wanted not all gingery, not all of the time...which led to the lighter tasting but equally refreshing dry ginger ale. Schweppes, Vernors, Seagram's and Canada Dry are the major brands, but for me, it has to be Canada Dry.
Created in 1904 by Canadian pharmacist John J. McLaughlin after he opened a carbonated water plant in Toronto, McLaughlin used as his base recipe a Belfast-style ginger ale. But following a champagne-tasting trip to France he became convinced that a lightly coloured and clear dry ginger ale would be his ticket to riches.
And the Champagne of Ginger Ales was born.
Mmmm...sparkling tasty goodness.
So after all the serious posts and discussion of the past several days, what's everyone's summer drink of choice? What's your 'go to' beverage when all hot and bothered, or just plain hot?
What wets your whistle?