With San Jose’s weather warming up so early in the year, cool beverages are coming back to the forefront. Bruce Cost Fresh Ginger Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale is a tasty variation on traditional ginger ale, not only because it has lots of ginger flavor – unlike more familiar ginger ales – but also because it is infused with jasmine green tea! Bruce Cost Ginger Ale attends the San Francisco International Tea Festival and was also featured at the 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show.
The ginger ale comes in 12-oz. glass bottles with a sepia-tinged ivory paper label and black lettering, which reads, in part: “Proud descendant of the original soft drink, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale is delicious, sparkling and rich with whole ginger, long enjoyed for digestive comfort”. The ingredients are: carbonated water, pure cane sugar, 100% fresh ginger, premium brewed jasmine green tea with filtered water, and citric acid. Some vendors also sell the Original Ginger Ale in cans, as well. It sells for about $2 per bottle.
Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale is a spicy, very gingery ginger ale, unfiltered, so that there are pieces of ginger floating in the bottle. It has a cloudy amber color – due to the green tea and ginger bits – and isn’t too sweet, and its sparkling carbonation makes it extra refreshing. Unfortunately, the flavor of the jasmine green tea is very mild, almost completely covered up by the intensity of the ginger flavor. Still, a tasty drink, with a good ginger bite. The company also has an Original ginger ale as well as Pomegranate with Hibiscus, Passion Fruit with Yellow Ginger (Turmeric), and 66 – a 66-calorie version sweetened with monk fruit and cane sugar.
The Bruce Cost product line is produced in and sold out of New York, but it is available at specialty beverage stores like BevMo and Cost Plus World Market, as well as Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, Zanotto’s, Lunardi’s, Andronico’s, Mollie Stone’s and Whole Foods in the South Bay Area. For more information, click here.
Copyright 2015, Elizabeth Urbach.
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For more information:
Bruce Cost Ginger Ale website
“Review: Fresh Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost Original”
“Review: Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost Pomegranite with Hibiscus”
“Review: Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost Jasmine Tea”
“Bruce Cost’s fresh ginger ale is back” from SF Gate
“Ginger Ale’s Irish Roots” by Ken Previtali
“Top food trends for 2015 emerge at Winter Fancy Food Show”
“Japanese tea from San Jose’s Japantown”