Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ginger Ale

On my way to MAGfest last week I found something I don't think I've ever found in a gas station before: a bottle of Schwepps Ginger Ale.

This was a momentous occasion for me. For the past year and a half I've given up on Coca-Cola, mostly due to the caffeine (I would get bad withdrawal headaches if I forgot to drink it for a day), so I needed to take up a new soft drink, since moving completely to water was out of the question. I have limited tolerance for things like Sprite/7-Up and orange soda, and I've never really liked root beer. However, I discovered that I absolutely loved ginger ale.

Unfortunately, ginger ale is difficult to find while traveling. For whatever reason, gas station almost never carry it. And when they do, it's usually Canada Dry which, for a long time, was my bottom-of-the-barrel ginger ale. (Now that spot is reserved for Seagrams, for reasons other people can explain better than I.)

For a long time, it seemed like it would forever be too much to ask for gas stations to stock Schwepps, the last remaining quality ginger ale. And then I found what I was looking for not once but twice over the course of my trip.

I can only hope that this is just the beginning of a national trend. Wake up America! Ginger ale is awesome, and it's my personal mission to spearhead the drink's rise from third-rate drink to a household staple! Who's with me?


  1. I'm with you! Except I don't drink sodas much anymore, so ginger ale is reserved as the little luxury I'll allow myself to have when I'm sick.

    1. Actually, one of the things I didn't bring up was that ever since I switched from Coke to ginger ale I've actually started drinking a lot more water as well. I'm not sure if that's because of ginger ale specifically, though, or because I quit Coke and its addictive caffeine.