Our ginger ale and orange juice recipe makes a refreshing drink. It’s tangy, sweet, ginger-y, and really fizzy.
What Is Ginger Ale?
Not to be confused with ginger beer, ginger ale is a non-alcoholic, ginger-flavored carbonated beverage sold in cans or bottles. It’s often drunk as-is, but we prefer making non-alcoholic cocktails out of it, like this one.
Since we’re preparing a sweet drink, we picked the golden kind instead of pale dry for its sweetness. Ginger juice (from about a knob) is also added because we feel like it needs to be more fragrant.
You can make ginger ale at home with a few simple steps, but for convenience, we’re using canned goods today.
Is Ginger Ale and Orange Juice Healthy?
1. Benefits of Ginger Ale
Ginger has been widely known for its medicinal benefits throughout the ages. It can help treat nausea, reduce muscle pain, soreness, and more.
It also contains decent amounts of vitamins and minerals.
However, we’re not going to sugar-coat this— ginger ale isn’t as nutritious as real ginger. Assuming the ginger ale brand makes ginger ale from real ginger, there still is very little ginger.
This is why we include ginger in our recipe. It adds a stronger fragrance, warmth, and definitely more nutrients.
Despite its small ginger content, we still wanted to share this ginger ale and orange juice recipe. It’s still a tasty beverage and better than other sodas with nutrition from real ginger and orange juice.
2. Benefits of Orange Juice
Orange juice is packed with ascorbic acid, often referred to as vitamin C. One cup of orange juice can assure you 75-100% the nutrient’s DRI (Daily Recommended Intake).
Vitamin C, along with flavonoids and carotenoids in orange juice, is considered an antioxidant. They are substances that help your cells recover faster when damaged.
Orange juice is also a good source of vitamin A, folate (vitamin B6), and magnesium. The body needs them in little amounts, but they are important nonetheless.
For more ideas on mixing drinks with orange juice, check out our top 10 orange juice recipes.
How to Make Ginger Ale and Orange Juice
Step 1: Juice the ginger
Juice your ginger and collect the juice in a large pitcher.
Step 2: Mix the drink
Fill pitcher with sugar, orange juice, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Step 3: Top with ice and ginger ale
Add ice and slowly pour the ginger ale in.
Step 4: Serve
Stir gently and serve.
Calories in Ginger Ale and Orange Juice Recipe
This refreshing beverage yields around 60 calories per serving. More than 90% of the calories are from fresh orange juice and ginger ale.
To reduce the amount of calories, you can omit the sugar or use less-sweetened ginger ale. If you somehow find a sweet orange, then the sugar doesn’t need to be included at all.
Is It Bad to Drink Ginger Ale Every Day?
As with most soft drinks, it is bad to drink ginger ale (with sweeteners) too frequently.
“Blood sugar spike” is a common term you’ll see in articles regarding the downside of sodas. As the sugar in these drinks is delivered without fiber, our body absorbs it very quickly.
This raises the level of glucose, a.k.a blood sugar, in your bloodstream and it is bad for your health if it continues.
You can feel the “spike” as a sudden surge of energy, which then goes away a few minutes after and leaves you tired.
However, drinking ginger ale every day is possible. Moderate consumption is key.
One can of ginger ale is often 12 fluid ounces in volume— lots of sugar. You don’t need to drink all of it.
Use it in healthy recipes like this one, and you’ll reduce the amount of added sugar intake.
Also, by drinking it with a fiber-packed meal instead of “just because”, you’re doing the body a favor.
Ginger Ale and Orange Juice Recipe
- 2 cups ginger ale
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 0.5 oz ginger
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 cups ice
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- Juice your ginger and collect the juice in a large pitcher.
- Fill pitcher with sugar, orange juice, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add ice and slowly pour the ginger ale in.
- Stir gently and serve.
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