Ginger Ale Fizz Cocktail
20th April 2021
After discovering the plentiful flavours of Ginger Ale, I felt in the mood of creating a cocktail, after some research, I decided to use some Slovenian Sparkling Wine, Gin and Mango Juice along with the Ginger Ale.
But as always it is good to have an understanding of what you are dealing with, so I did some research into Ginger Ale and this is what I found interesting.
Credit where credit is due, it is most likely due to Thomas Joseph Cantrell, an Irish apothecary and surgeon, who claimed to have invented ginger ale in the 1850s in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thomas created the older style of golden ginger ale, which was dark in colour and sweeter in taste. But there is another person recognized for the creation of Ginger Ale, a Canadian John J. McLaughlin who was a chemist and pharmacist, in 1904 he began adding flavoured extracts into his soda water, the same year he created Pale Dry Ginger Ale which got patented in 1907 as “Canada Dry Ginger Ale”.
Canada Dry Ginger Ale became very popular very quickly, it also gained popularity during Prohibition in the United States. Dry ginger ale quickly became number one over golden ginger ale, today golden ginger ale is a more uncommon drink, while dry ginger ale is produced on a large scale across the world.
The Sparkling Wine – Zlati Grič
Zlati Grič, a Slovenian Sparkling Wine with a 9 hole golf course surrounded by vineyards. Zlati Grič has one of the most modern wine cellars right in the middle of their vineyards, the subterranean building is 3.500 m2 big and has a capacity of 1.3 million litres.
Zlati Grič also offers guided wine cellar tours and a tasting including a sparkling wine, 3 still wines and 1 wine of the prestige line.
Zlati Grič – Penina Bela Tasting Notes
Aroma – “👃Fresh, almost like cream cheese, hints of green apples, and garden herbs, a complex aroma with plenty to offer.”
Flavour – “👅A subtle/soft start, then expanding quickly with flavours of green fruits, green citrus, and finishing hints of a fruit dessert.”
This Sparkling Wine Won a Gold Medal in the Summer Days Category at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2020.
- Sparkling Wine
- Ginger Ale
- Mango Juice
How To Make
- Start off with 20mls of Gin
- Then add 75mls of Mango Juice
- Add 60mls of Ginger Ale
- Then 150mls of Sparkling Wine
Aroma – “You get mango aromas but with an underlying ginger note to it and a slight touch of the Sparkling Wine.”
Flavour – “Initial burst of fizz, the ginger ale and sparkling wine working together to create that experience, it’s a smooth road of mango flavours, then hints of ginger start to join you, along with a crisp taste from the Sparkling Wine.”
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