I’ve always been a fan of Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale if you prefer, especially the fiery variety. The bite from the ginger, that refreshing wake you up taste makes other drinks truly soft. So what happens if you take it to the next level and put chilli in it? Well you get Pimento’s Chilli Ginger Ale all the way from France.
Things certainly look good from the outside – the clear glass bottle gives a good view of the contents inside, a fairly pale unintimidating liquid that indeed looks a little bit ginger in colour and a touch cloudy. The label is golden with black Jalapeno type chilli image on the front, with all the usual nutrient information in English and French but there are no outrageous claims about being the hottest soft drink in the world.
Ingredients: Carbonated water, sugar, acidifier: citric acid, natural flavours, sweeteners: Acesulfame K, Sucralose, colour: caramel E150d.
It’s the taste and smells that are important though, so with a pop of the lid and a reassuring fizz from the bottle, it’s time to dive in. On the nose there is a sweet but strong ginger aroma and it’s a smell that’s very invitingly requesting you taste it straight away. Savour it for just that little bit longer and breath in that spicy note.
The first sip reveals that it isn’t as sweet tasting as the smell suggests but it is a sharp ginger taste that washes nice linger over the tongue. The flavour lingers around for a while with a very slight chilli burn but it is on the mild side. In no way could it be described as overpowering. Over a couple more mouthfuls there is hint more of a chilli burn on the back of the throat, a nice hint of chilli enveloped by the ginger.
Pimento’s Ginger Ale is tasty and refreshing and I could happily sup a couple of these down on a warm summer evening; the 250mls in each bottle will soon slip down. It’s a non-alcoholic drink, so can work as a mixer too if that’s you thing, though I’d use it with a liquor with no strong flavour of its own so that you can enjoy the taste of the ginger ale. Recommended and well worth a try.
For availability and pricing, take a look at Pimento’s website.