Ginger Beer is a pretty ubiquitous non-alcoholic option. Its spicy kick balances out the sweetness of a fizzy drink, particularly when paired with a kick of lime. However not all ginger beers are created equal, we prefer ours with more spice than sugar. So here are five of the best:
This comes from another old family recipe, over 150 years old. Gran Stead’s produce a whole range of ginger drinks but this is the original and best. It has a rich smooth flavour which is guaranteed to be a hit. It’s still gingery but it’s more quaffable than some of its more fiery competitors. It’s won a number of awards and we can see why.
This traditional ginger drink is hand produced in small batches to an old family recipe. It has a fiery, deep ginger flavour. You can drink it on it’s own or mix it with something else, such as sparkling elderflower.
Available Ocado or Tesco. There’s also a store locator here
Price: £4.49 for 4x37ml
If you do prefer a slightly sweeter beverage this might be for you. This Australian Ginger Beer is particularly good for mixing in mocktails. It’s brewed for up to four days with real ginger root so it still has a good gingery flavour.
Waitrose and Tesco. Lots of cafes and even a few pubs. Price: £1.37 for 275ml
Kind of medicinal which might be a remnant of the botanical brewing process. There’s definitely a strong ginger kick on the tail end of this. It’s also got some complicated herbal notes that make for a distinctive flavour.
Most major supermarkets. Price: £1.69 500ml
Starts off sweet with a spicy finish, you can taste the real ginger it’s made with natural ingredients and three different gingers. It regularly tops reviews and is a bit of an all round favourite. Not to be confused with the Ginger Ale which is sweeter and less gingery.