Review: Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale


I thought I'd take a look at a unique beverage from the folks at Canada Dry, which coincidentally, was imported from Canada via my friend Henry. Let's see what Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale has to offer!

With the increase in teas showing up on the beverage market these days, it's interesting to see how the more "traditional" producers of carbonated soft drinks adapt to these trends. In this case, Canada Dry has combined what they do best and created what they call "a refreshing blend of green tea and ginger ale." And I agree with that assessment.

If there ever was a drink that really was a split personality, Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale is it. There aren't that many drinks out there that are so much ginger ale AND so much green tea, but this beverage does that. Sure, you could say it's pretty much carbonated green tea, but the ginger ale elements really come through. It's an odd combination, that's for sure, but it just works.


Bilingual Label: English

I don't consider myself a green tea connoisseur, so the experience was a bit different for me, but I did enjoy the unique blend of flavors. It's a clean drink that has a distinct green tea sent when you first open the bottle (in my case, a 1.5 liter bottle). The color is on the clearish side, with a hazy yellow/green that you typically associate with ginger ale.

As for the taste, it leans more to the green tea side of things, but there's an obvious influx of ginger ale. The aftertaste also wasn't too syrupy, but the tea flavor does seem to last with you. The ingredients note the sweetener is "sugar/glucose-fructose", whereas in the U.S. it's listed as "high fructose corn syrup", so that may have some influence on the overall taste experience.


Bilingual Label: French

Thanks to the folks over at the Lesley Eats blog, we know that this drink does contain caffeine, which translates down to 0.83 mg/oz. For comparison, Mountain Dew has at 4.5 mg/oz. So while not completely caffeine-free, it's a pretty small amount, probably associated with the green tea. The packaging also makes a big deal about containing "52 mg of polyphenols per 250 mL serving". According to Wikipedia, "research indicates that polyphenols may have antioxidant characteristics with potential health benefits. They may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer."

A full ingredient list is as follows:

Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale
Carbonated water, sugar/glucose-fructose, citric acid, natural flavors, green tea, sodium benzoate, ascorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA.

A 250 mL (8.5 oz.) serving will cost you 100 calories, 55 mg of sodium, and 26 g of sugars.

Overall, Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale is a refreshing change of pace, bringing two light flavors together with a blend that rewards your sense of adventure, while providing just a darn good drink to experience.

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Comments

  1. LOVED IT!!!!!! says:

    I tried Canada Dry Diet with Green Tea and it is the first Diet soda I ever liked. I LOVE the taste. The only problem is that I tried it in Baltimore on vacation and now here in Savannah Gerogia I can"t find it. I have been looking all over. I am so bummed that I can"t find it. I have looked in all the local grocery stores. Can anyone help me.

  2. They have been selling it in California for a while now. But within the last 2 weeks all the 2 litres disappeared and the cans are almost all gone now too. I was wondering if it was a TEST MARKET in the USA and they stopped the test, or has the Green Tea supply line been disrupted by the Tsunami in Japan?

  3. I finally got around to trying this. I always see it at Target & most supermarkets here in the San Francisco area, but hadn't tried it till now. Not bad, a little unfortunate that is has HFCS here in the U.S. just like almost every other mainstream soda (with the exception of Pepsi & Mountain Dew Throwback of course). Definitely more "green tea" than "ginger ale". On of the reason I like this is that I've always preferred Canada Dry Ginger Ale over Seagram's (aka Coca Cola's) much more fake tasting Ginger Ale.

  4. I bought some of the Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale, I thought it was disgusting, left a bitter after taste, won't buy any more of it. I like the Ginger Ale, leave the Green Tea out

  5. Millersnt says:

    It is EXTREMELY unfortunate that Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale cannot be found. I do not like carbonated beverages and this soda I LOVED! When I found it in stores, I purchased every case. I'm a HUGE FAN of the product. Miss it!

  6. Diane Mammen says:

    You have us hooked on the Sparkling Green Tea Ginger Ale but now I can't find it in the cans anywhere in the Twin Cities area. What has happened?

  7. I love the Canada Dry Green Tea Gingerale!!!! I'm a gingerale lover since childhood and I think this product is a refreshing change from regular gingerale. Not heavy on either the ginger or the green tea. Canada Dry got me hooked on this product and now I can't find it anywhere in my area. I went to the Canada Dry website, clicked on contact and sent a message to them asking where I can purchase more of their products. I'm hoping more consumers will contact them and let them know how they feel about the product. http://www.canadadry.com

  8. The canada dry green soda is good has a great taste. I have not been able to find it here in Atlanta, Ga. I have been to several Wal-Marts stores. spoke with a manager and he stated that it was ordered but didn't come in. I continue to check around but know luck. I really need my canada dry green tea. Please send me a case from the warehouse.

  9. i have found the Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger ale very refeshing. I also drink this when I have an upset stomach and it really helps out. I can only find this is a few grocery stores here is PA.

  10. Lille A. Canales says:

    Sir:
    While in Temple, TX I went into an HEB store and came accross your new Canada Dry 10 to try it and was delighted. My question is, when can it be available in the Corpus Christi, TX and/or the Alice, TX area ?

  11. Love the Canada Dry Green Tea Ginger Ale! I'm so mad that they don't sell it in ANY stores near me!!! I fell in love with the taste in Atlantic City but cannot get it up here in Worcester, Ma. I've tried doing searches but come up with nothing!

  12. Where can I purchase the Canada Dry Sparkling Green Tea soda? I live in the An.n Arboreal Michigan area

  13. You can get canada dry gingerale with green tea at amazon

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