Canada Dry or Schweppes?
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Are you back on 'the glue' to ask such a question?
'Canada Dry' wrote the book on ginger ale. When we were sick it was the only ginger ale we would drink.
I remember me and my sis being deathly ill and my mom brought out the 'pretender' ginger ale and I knew just from the look of those sad bubbles that it wasn't 'Canada Dry'. I wouldn't drink it. My mom told us it was good enough.
I appealed to my Dad who had to agree with the sick children. She went back to the store to get the good stuff.
The morale of the story is, mom tried to save a few pennies or didn't look close enough – we got the right ginger ale – we didn't die – story has a happy conclusion – the end.
I can't drink either anymore, what with the diabetes and all, but when I could I grabbed the Schweppervescence. It's slightly less sweet than Canada Dry, which means it is drier than Dry. Plus, Schweppes has Jamaican ginger, giving it that whiff of colonialism and slavery that everyone loves.
Years ago a relative of mine saw a billboard as he was driving north across the border. It said "Drink Canada Dry." I think he took it as a challenge. His liver finally exploded in Calgary.
Canada Dry. But if we're serious about ginger ale, then Vernors.
Perhaps it's a bias on our part but I must agree with my Canadian brother Cal. Canada Dry is the best.
Cal's personal anecdote is touching, but ultimately, unscientific. I wonder if he could really tell the difference in a properly double blinded, controlled, randomized taste test? I mean, this ain't Coke and Pepsi we're talking about here…
Schweppes does have that ginger taste. But I grew up with Canada Dry, so if price is off the table, CD.
Coca-Cola or nothing.
Vernor's. Vernor's is the ONLY ginger ale that exists, as far as I'm concerned.
Sadly, it's almost impossible to get west of the Mississippi. (However, Archer Farm's Ginger Beer from Target is really close, and it has the added benefit of being made with sugar rather than HFCS.)