seagram’s ginger ale recipes & giveaway.

by Janetha on July 24, 2013

in giveaway,product review,Uncategorized

growing up, ginger ale was always such a foreign drink to me. i had actually never tasted it until just a few years ago. i drank every soda under the sun—dr. pepper, root beer, sprite, coke.. but ginger ale never made its way past my lips for some reason.

after i eventually tried it, i finally realized what i was missing! i am a big fan of ginger—in sushi and other asian cuisine, in smoothies, in juice, in cookies, and even some of those ginger candies. i like the bite ginger gives to anything you put it in. so, naturally, i became a fast fan of ginger ale.

i recently received some seagram’s ginger ale to try out, review, and give away here on the blog.

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they’ve redeveloped their formula and the new version contains 25% fewer calories than before. i hadn’t tasted the previous formula, so i am not sure how it compares, but i found this ginger ale to be flavorful and refreshing—but maybe a tad sweet for me.

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speaking of the sweetness…

when i was recruited for this campaign, i readily agreed because i love ginger ale. however, upon receiving the product, marshall noticed pointed out the fact that it contains HFCS. whomp, whomp. while i don’t think a little HFCS is going to kill me, i typically avoid purchasing products that contain it. i said “avoid”—not rule out completely. my kitchen definitely has a handful of HFCS-laden items and i still consume it if it happens to be in something. i used to refuse to eat anything with HFCS in there, but i have loosened up on the matter over the past couple of years. pick your battles, i suppose. BUT.. it also contains sucralose, which surprised me. why would a non-diet drink contain sucralose.. in addition to HFCS? kind of a bummer and i really don’t enjoy the aftertaste of sucralose.

honest opinion, folks! so instead of drinking the stuff straight up, i decided to get a little crafty with the ginger ale. i made a couple of things.

for my first recipe, i had to whip up a cocktail. it’s summer. it’s hot. a boozy, ice cold drink makes you not realize how hot you are.

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raspberry peach ginger ale refresher

  • 8 oz seagram’s ginger ale
  • 4-5 fresh raspberries, muddled
  • 1/4 of a peach, diced & muddled
  • ice
  • fresh ginger shavings (optional)
  • 1 oz clear liquor such as vodka or rum (optional)

directions: place muddled fruit in a glass. in a separate container, shake together the ginger ale, ice, and liquor. pour into glass over fruit. garnish with fresh ginger, if desired. enjoy!

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for my second recipe, i decided to try something i’ve always wanted to try—make a cake with a can of soda!

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it’s so cool that you can leave out the oil and eggs and just use soda and the cake mix. i was skeptical, but it worked perfectly!

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lemon cake with vanilla bean buttercream & fresh strawberries

long name. super simple recipe.

for the cake:

  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 (12 oz) can seagram’s ginger ale

directions: mix cake mix and ginger ale in a bowl (nothing else!) and bake according to box directions. let cool completely before frosting. i baked mine in one round layer using a dutch oven.

for the vanilla bean buttercream:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 TB vanilla bean paste
  • 1-2 TB liquid (milk or water), as needed

directions: using a stand or hand mixer, beat sugar and butter together until they are creamy. add vanilla and liquid and beat for another 30-60 seconds.

frost the cake (once it is completely cool) and top with fresh sliced strawberries.

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both of these recipes were great! if you are looking for the perfect summery cocktail or dessert, i suggest you give these a shot.

as i mentioned, seagram’s has supplied ginger ale for a giveaway! one commenter will receive a shipment of ginger ale.

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to enter:

  • leave a comment telling me your favorite childhood beverage (bonus points if you tie a memory to the drink!)

for up to THREE extra entries:

the giveaway will run until sunday, july 28th at 11:59 PM. USA only.

xo. janetha g.

Promotional consideration for this content was provided by The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions expressed in this content are my own and not those of The Coca-Cola Company.

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candice s July 25, 2013 at 11:39 am

My favorite memories of cold drinks was at Lake Powell every year. We used to get Hansen sodas and Koalas – does anyone remember those?
I wonder if they still make them.

Ginger Ale reminds me of going on trips. The only time we ever drank Ginger Ale was on a flight. I haven’t had it in years, but one of these days I’ll order it on a plane for old time sake.

*Andrea* July 25, 2013 at 11:48 am

i loved fresca!!

Christine July 25, 2013 at 11:50 am

My favorite soda as a kid was Hawaiian Punch. That’s what my parents always packed for us kids when we went camping. Even though I haven’t had a Hawaiian Punch in 10+ years, I still think of camping with my family every time I see one.

Erin H July 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Does anybody else remember New York Seltzer? They came in all different fruity flavors, but the best part was the fact they came in these mini bottles. I’m not sure why, but I thought that was so cool.

Sharon August 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Oh I loved New York Seltzer! Got them all the time in college.

Christine July 25, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Green River!! Anyone else know of this?? It’s kelly green. We used to get Green river milkshakes at this one diner in the Chicago suburbs.

Erika @ fortheloveofpeanutbutter July 25, 2013 at 3:53 pm

I never tried ginger ale until just a few months ago. I don’t like soda but when I tried the ginger ale, I loved it! I forgot what brand it was but I found it in the natural section at Fred Meyer. It tasted so fresh and real!
You can bake a cake with a can of soda?! Seriously never heard of that, so awesome!

jodie July 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Kool-aid. Once I ate watermelon and drank kool-aid and ran around my house in circles. Then vommed. Fail.

Lisa @ Lisa Living Well July 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

I loved Orange Crush soda and I have a funny memory with it…a boy once told me he had a crush on me while he was drinking it. I think I was 7 or 8 years old.

Lisa @ Lisa Living Well July 26, 2013 at 10:58 am

I don’t love most ginger products, but I really enjoy ginger ale once in a while, especially on airplanes!

Lisa @ Lisa Living Well July 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

Oooh, the strawberry coolers sound delicious!

rachel July 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

Chocolate milk for me! We drank ginger ale whenever we were sick.

Cellabella July 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

My favorite childhood drink used to be Kool-Aid, the kind you buy in little packages and you have to add 2 cups of sugar and water to make it. I would actually drink a whole package a day – 2 cups a sugar a day basically!!!

Madeline July 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I was completely a chocolate milk girl! With Nesquick chocolate powder being THE BEST :)

Nicole July 26, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Root beer. It’s my mums favorite soda, so as a kid I wanted it to be my favorite too just so I could be like her :P

Janetha September 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Hi! I had to pick a new winner and it’s you! Please email your mailing info to mealsandmoves@

Alissa A July 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

My favorite childhood beverage was Tang!

steve weber July 27, 2013 at 1:33 am

I loved Tang!

Anie July 27, 2013 at 2:10 am

Orange cream soda reminds me of long days spent playing in the pool followed by a family trip to the local shaved ice stand for a mystery flavored shaved ice! Great memories :)

Anie July 27, 2013 at 2:12 am

While it’s never been a regular drink for me, I’ve had ginger ale several times before and have enjoyed it each time

Lindsey July 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

My favorite childhood beverage was Yoohoo! And i’m still lovin on the chocolate milk!

Lindsey July 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I love ginger ale! Whenever my stomach feels wonky, thats the first thing i grab!

Lindsey July 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

I would love to try the strawberry coolers from their website!

angela July 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

my favorite childhood drink was chocolate milk! I remember drinking it while at my grandparents. I would sit on the couch with my favorite doll (a baby doll dressed as a pink bunny) and drink my chocolate milk while watching Sesame Street. good times!!

angela July 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm

you know, I don’t think I have ever tried ginger ale. i am a fool for sparkling water, flavored or not. i have been thinking i should give ginger ale a whirl, yes?

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