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.
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, 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.
Q Spectacular 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…
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.
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 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…
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 has slightly more sugar and calories that Q Ginger Ale.
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 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 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…
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…
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 the 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?
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 a 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.
But, does Schweppes have real ginger?
It’s typical for sodas made by Coca Cola and Pepsi to not provide a list of the exact flavors they use.
And makes sense because otherwise, it would be easier for competitors to copy their recipes.