TIL ginger ale was invented by apothecary Thomas Cantrell in Belfast during the 1850s. In the 1890s, Canadian John J. McLaughlin, a chemist and pharmacist, added flavor extracts to his version. And so Canada Dry was created. It became a hit in the prohibition-era US as a mixer for cocktails.

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Canada dry and whiskey is my favorite mixed drink.


Does ginger ale actually have any stomach soothing effect? We always drank flat ginger ale when we had stomach bugs.


Short story that may only interest me. Back when I was like 6 or 7 years old, which would’ve been around 1986, my teacher had us present what we did over the weekend. My parents and I immigrated to Canada a few years back from China, and that weekend before my presentation, we had gone on our first camping trip. So I described what happened on our first camping trip and included that we drank Canada Dry. The teacher laughed and said that we couldn’t drink Canada dry because there’s too much water in the country. I protested that we did drink Canada Dry, cause we did. I told her that I wasn’t lying. She continued to think that I meant that we drank all of the water that was in Canada. It wasn’t until another classmate said that I meant drinking the ginger ale that she realized her error and her face turned beet red.


How much of the original recipe do you think is left from the 1890’s one, or even the 1920’s one?


Still a damn fine mixer.