I’ve been trying a tonne of different sodas and came across Q Drinks Ginger Ale.
I wondered what it is and how it tastes. So, I decided to try it, and here’s what I found.
As a whole, Q drink ginger is not as sweet as other ginger ales on the market, however, it still tastes nice.
The can is smaller than a normal can and is 7.5 fl oz (200 mL).
It’s made by Q Mixers who make a range of sodas for use as a mixer with alcoholic drinks.
Q Mixers also make a ginger beer that tastes slightly different, and both contain a mixture of very interesting and flavorful ingredients.
Whether you’re interested in what’s in Q Ginger Ale, or the differences between Q Ginger Beer and Q Ginger Ale, this article will explain everything you need to know about Q Drinks ginger-flavored sodas.
What are Q Ginger Ale Ingredients?
Q drinks are very unique and don’t come across as an everyday soda that you drink all the time.
Their packaging is very expensive looking, and so I wondered what was in this luxury drink…
The ingredient list or ingredients in Q Spectacular Ginger Ale are:
- Carbonated water
- Organic agave
- Citric acid
- Ginger extract
- Extracts of coriander
- Chili pepper
- Rose oil
The interesting thing about the ingredients is that they don’t contain any artificial colors or flavors and Chili Pepper.
Most popular sodas such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi use caramel color and high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. Instead Q Spectacular uses agave.
Agave is a small shrub that is native to the Americas.
To make the sweetener that Q Spectacular uses the thick and fleshy leaves are crushed, and the juice/gel is strained to produce a syrup.
|Per 3.4 oz (100 mL) – just under ½ a cup||Coca Cola||Q Ginger Ale|
Above is a table that shows the difference in sugar and calories between Q Ginger Ale and Coca-Cola (refreshing drink)
You can see that Q Ginger Ale has around 10% as much sugar as is found in Coca-Cola.
And about 10% of the calories.
Therefore, if you’re trying to consume fewer calories to lose weight then Q Ginger Ale is a better option rather than the Coca-Cola classic.
But, Coca-Cola also makes Coke Zero which has zero calories and zero sugar.
Almost every other soda on the market, though, has slightly more sugar than that found in Q Ginger Ale.
And on average they have 40 calories compared to the 30 calories found in Q Ginger Ale.
They also have around 10g of sugar compared to the 7g found in Q Ginger Ale.
That would account for the fact that most people that taste Q Ginger Ale find it doesn’t taste as sweet as other sodas.
Q Ginger Beer vs Ginger Ale
Q Mixers, the brand, makes 2 different kinds of ginger drinks – a ginger beer and a ginger ale.
However, I wondered what the differences are between them, and here’s what I found…
Q Ginger Beer ingredients has slightly different ingredients from Q Ginger Ale ingredients.
Instead of lime, Q Ginger Beer has rose oil. But, all of the other ingredients are identical.
Q Ginger Beer is also sweeter than Q Ginger Ale and it has about 25% more sugar.
Here’s a table that shows the ingredients side by side:
|Q Ginger Beer – ingredients||Q Ginger Ale – ingredients|
|Carbonated water||Carbonated water|
|Organic agave||Organic agave|
|Citric acid||Citric acid|
|Ginger extract||Ginger extract|
|Extracts of coriander||Extracts of Chili pepper|
And here’s a side-by-side table showing the difference in the amount of sugar.
You can see that Q Ginger Beer (Real ingredient) has slightly more sugar and calories than Q GingerAle.
As a result, it has a slightly sweeter taste.
|Q Ginger Beer||Q Ginger Ale|
In my experience, a ginger ale you buy from other brands such as Schweppes isn’t as sweet as a ginger beer.
And oftentimes a ginger beer can have a more gingery taste.
What Is Q Ginger Beer?
There are many different brands of ginger beer. But, what sets Q Ginger Beer apart, and how exactly did it come to be. Here’s a quick summary:
Q Ginger Beer is less sweet than a standard ginger beer.
It is made to be used as a mixer.
Q Mixers says that their ginger beer is made to be less sweet so that the flavor doesn’t overpower a mixed drink.
Q Mixers say that a ginger beer that is sweeter is meant to be consumed as a soda, rather than be used as a mixer.
That’s something I’ve never heard of before, however, I don’t really drink a lot of mixers.
Some sources online suggest that a spicier less sweet ginger beer is more versatile and can be used with a wider range of spirits.
If you’re an expert on mixers please let me know in the comments, and I’ll update the article.
However, this is the major difference between Q Ginger Beer or REAL GINGER ROOT and the reason you will find it in the mixer aisle of your supermarket.
Rather than next to sodas like Coca-Cola.
Is Q Ginger Beer Good?
So, if I had to rate Q Ginger Beer, what would I give it out of 5? How about other people who have tried. Well, here’s an overview of whether Q Ginger Beer is good or not…
As a whole Q Ginger Beer is good.
It isn’t an acquired taste like some other sodas such as root beer.
And compared to other ginger beer it tastes very similar.
The major difference is that it isn’t as sweet as other ginger beers.
If I had to choose between Q Ginger Beer and one of the most popular ginger beers – Bundaberg, I would definitely choose Bundaberg.
The intense ginger flavor, and sweetness make it way more delicious than Q Ginger Beer.
But, Q Ginger Beer is designed to not be as sweet and isn’t meant to be drunk on its own.
Instead, it’s supposed to be used as a mixer.
Some spirits that go well with ginger beer are:
- Dark rum
- White wine (technically not a spirit but a great cocktail)
But, there are many spirits that go well with ginger beer. Personally, I like whisky with ginger beer.
One of the most well-known premade ginger drinks is Canadian Club and dry.
Or, affectionately called CC and dry.
Which is a mixture of ginger ale and whiskey and goes really good with lemon or lime.
Where can you buy Q Ginger Ale and Q Ginger Beer?
So, you’d like to get your hands on some Q Ginger Ale or Q Ginger Beer. Here’s where you can get it…
As a general rule, Q Ginger Ale and Q Ginger Beer are available online on Amazon, Walmart, and at most large grocery stores.
You can also buy it on online stores dedicated to sodas by searching for ‘buy q ginger ale’ or ‘buy q ginger beer’.
Certain companies own a warehouse and will have a website that they use to receive payments.
They then deliver it to your address.
But, to get it immediately your nearest medium-sized to large grocery store should have it.
It appears to be widely available throughout the USA and Canada for a good price, however, internationally such as in Australia, and New Zealand it’s hard to get and generally a lot more expensive.
What Ginger Ale is owned by Coca Cola?
Coca-Cola is the largest seller of sodas in the USA and sells more than double that of the next biggest companies Pepsi, and Keurig Dr. Pepper.
However, I was wondering if they make ginger ale.
Coca-Cola makes Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale.
The Schweppes brand has a few different sodas such as lemonade, and tonic water.
Coca-Cola also makes ginger beer in the continent of Africa which is called Stoney Ginger Beer.
Interestingly, it’s common for soda companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Keurig Dr. Pepper to all produce the same soda.
For example, Pepsi also makes Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale.
Depending on where different bottling plants are around a country, and the demand for soda at the time it can make sense for a soda brand like Schweppes to partner with more than one company to produce their sodas.
Does Schweppes have real ginger?
Some ginger ales and ginger beers will use real ginger extract, whereas, others will use artificial ginger flavor which is a fantastic ingredient.
But, does Schweppes have real ginger?
Schweppes do not say whether they use real ginger.
On their label, they only state that they use ‘flavoring’.
Schweppes ginger ale has a ginger taste to it that tastes like real ginger.
However, Schweppes does not divulge this information.
It’s typical for sodas made by Coca-Cola and Pepsi not to provide a list of the exact flavors or artificial flavors they use.
And makes sense because otherwise, it would be easier for competitors to copy their recipes.
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