Metal Life Reviews Reeds Ginger Brews Varieties
Reed’s Ginger Brews sent us some samples to review that included their Original, Stronger and Extra. These are sodas and not beers. No alcohol at all.
Before we begin, I must warn you, that I love the taste of ginger. So I am a little biased when in comes to reviewing something with ginger in it. That being said, the Extra was a bit strong to drink straight and I would imagine most people would prefer the Extra in a cocktail such as the recommended Moscow Mule.
Here is the summary of Reeds Ginger… if you bite down on a ginger root and think that ginger is the best flavor ever, then pour the bottles over ice and enjoy or drink straight from the bottle. If you need something to cut the “spicy” ginger, then stick with cocktail recipes using Reeds Ginger Brews. It is that simple.
I love Reeds, especially the Extra Ginger Brew so I will start with that one. There is a crisp clean ginger and honey flavor accompanied by the bite of the ginger and the carbonation. If you are not used to the aftertaste of strong ginger, the Extra Ginger Brew will surprise you and perhaps even put you off enjoying it. There are 26 grams of ginger in each bottle. Hidden within the strong flavors are the more subtle tastes of pineapple, lime and lemon.
Next I opened and tasted the Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew. This variety was just recently introduced (March 2015) and adds a new experience to the Reed’s line. This has 50% MORE ginger than the Extra Ginger Brew, that’s 52 grams per bottle. I was very happy with this fact. The flavors are similar to the Extra Ginger but I could taste more of the citrus from the lemons and limes and it had a little less carbonation. The aftertaste slowly builds and lingers like any spicy food would and that adds to the experience. The Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew is my new favorite non-alcoholic ginger beer.
After some palate cleansing, it was time to open the Reed’s Original Ginger Brew. This is the tamest of the three with only 17 grams of ginger per bottle. Still delicious and definitely the easiest to drink if you are not a fan of the ginger bite 😉
Overall, I am very impressed with Reed’s and I cannot wait to try their other fruit varieties, Cherry, Raspberry and Apple.
Ok, now for a Moscow Mule made using Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew. There are many variations of Moscow Mules, but I chose this one:
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 tsp. sugar syrup (made with 1 1/2 cups caster sugar + 1 1/2 cups water)
- 4 Fresh limes
- 1/2 cup Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew
- 1 sprig fresh mint
Directions: In a copper mug, pour vodka over ice. Cut one lime into thin slices and squeeze the juice from the remaining three into a cup. To make the sugar syrup, mix 1 1/2 cups caster sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a pan over medium heat. Warm up for 5 minutes until the sugar melts. Now at high heat, bring to simmer. Decant into a jug and refrigerate until it becomes cold. Add the lime juice to the syrup and pour a little into each mug. Top up with Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew. Garnish with lime slice and the mint sprig.
I am not a big fan of Moscow Mules, despite my love of ginger beers, but this was a tasty drink. I added another ounce of vodka and then liked it even more… hehe.
All three of the Reeds Ginger Brews I reviewed are made from Sparkling Filtered Water (Sweetened by a blend of raw cane sugar, pineapple juice from concentrate and honey), Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from concentrate and spices. Non Alcoholic. Free of Preservatives, Caffeine, Gluten & GMO’s.
For more info, check out there site here: http://reedsinc.com/product-category/reeds-ginger-products/