Mankind has been guzzling and stirring, squeezing and pressing ginger into food and drinks for millennia. A strange, knobbly root with a strikingly pretty flower, it is earth, citrus and fire – a catalogue of tastes and tingles that entertains pallets across all four continents.
The laser-like eye of Gusto Organic Drinks decided they needed to take their own unique approach to this venerable plant. Therefore, the all-new organic ginger drink needed to be organic certified, without the use of refined sugar and without the requirement to shock the blood sugar levels of our customers, as traditional ginger soft drinks so often like to do.
They use fresh organic ginger juice from China and blend it with ginger from Nigeria and Indonesia, with each ginger bringing notes of flavour, depth and zing. They sweeten this with organic and Fairtrade apple juice and organic Fair for Life blue agave from Jalisco in Mexico (apples, ginger, agave are perfect flavour foils for each other). They add to this a reasonable glug of organic lemon juice (we like a little sour with our sweet) and, to elevate this champion of beverages to a higher plane, they blend in Mexican chipotle – a wonderful smoked chilli that offers heat, a little smoke and a wonderful sackful of background hum.
They wager this is the quintessential adult soft drink: complex, decidedly grown-up, sweet, hot, zingy and dry. But if adult soft drinks are not all you are after, it is a superb mixer with Vodka, or for that legendary ‘Dark and Stormy’, with Rum.
Ginger, we salute you in all your organic and botanical finery.