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Looking for a drink that’s crisp, robust, and packed with flavor? You might want to give Bundaberg Ginger Beer a try. Not to be confused with ginger ale, which can’t be considered a beer at all, ginger beer is quickly regaining popularity for the depth and spice it adds to cocktails. Wondering what to mix with it? For starters, you’re not limited to drinking it straight.
There are plenty of creative Bundaberg cocktail recipes out there that go above and beyond a simple Moscow Mule. Ready to be inspired?
Table of Contents
- What is Bundaberg Ginger Beer?
- History of Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer Ingredients
- Where to Get Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Bundaberg Cocktail Recipes
- Bundaberg Cocktail FAQs
What is Bundaberg Ginger Beer?
Learning how to use this beer is great, but you should know a little bit about it first. In order to do that, it’s essential to talk about ginger beer. The beverage was first brewed in the late 1800s in England as an alcoholic drink much like hard cider. These days, ginger beer is commonly non-alcoholic, though it is brewed the same way: with ginger, sugar, water, and yeast.
The beer hails from Australia but it’s famous throughout the world. Crafted from a family recipe that has been handed down for generations, Bundaberg comes packaged in a classic bottle with a golden-yellow label. The recipe is relatively simple and contains no alcohol, so you can drink it alone or with alcohol for an extra punch.
The Beer Review Guy tries out this beer in the video below (as well as some tips about how to open the bottle). Check it out:
History of Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Bundaberg’s history is short but interesting, and something you might want to know for a future trivia night. It was first crafted in 1960 at Electra Breweries in Australia. The business was run by the Flemings and continues to be passed down through the generations.
In 1973, Electra Breweries relocated to Bangara Road in Bundaberg. The ginger beer was gaining popularity throughout the region. By the 1980s, it had spread throughout Australia and New Zealand. Then in 1987, Bundaberg Ginger Beer started gaining attention throughout the world.
Since then, the company, later renamed Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, has expanded and developed new flavors. In the US, Costco was the first to bring this brand to Americans in 2012. Currently, you can find flavors like Ginger Beer, Lemon Lime & Bitters, Peach, Guava, Pink Grapefruit, and Root Beer available in the US.
Bundaberg Ginger Beer Ingredients
What makes Bundaberg’s fizzy concoction so spectacular? As mentioned earlier, the ingredients are simple: carbonated water, ginger root, cane sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, preservatives, yeast, and ascorbic acid. A single serving of 375 ml has 40.5 g of carbohydrates and 165 calories (690kJ).
Water and ginger are the primary ingredients. Brewers at Bundaberg’s facilities select ginger of the highest quality then grind down the root into a coarse flour. From that flour, they prepare a wort using the ground ginger, water, and Queensland cane sugar. The mixture is heated to extract starches from the ginger.
Yeast is also added to ferment the sugars and give the drink its distinctive flavor. Since it would be too strong to serve it up that way, the drink is then diluted with water, citric acid, and a little bit more sugar. From there, the ginger beer undergoes bottle carbonation when packaged.
And that is the gist of Bundaberg Ginger Beer ingredients and brewing process.
Where to Get Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Can you buy Bundaberg Ginger Beer in the US? You most certainly can. Thanks to a deal with Pepsi Co. on March 26, 2021, Bundaberg Ginger Beer is presently available at more than 400,000 stores, restaurants, and bars throughout the US. Mass distribution of Bundaberg products recently began in November 2021, making single servings of the beer available. Most liquor stores will have Bundaberg Ginger Beer in stock by mid-2022.
The easiest way to pick up Bundaberg Ginger Beer is at your local grocery store or Target, where you can find a 4 pack of 375ml bottles for a reasonable price.
Don’t feel like waiting? You can purchase Bundaberg’s delicious ginger beer online and have it shipped right to your door.
Bundaberg Ginger Beer Substitutes
Can’t find this type of beer near you? Don’t feel like ordering from Amazon? While that is understandably upsetting, there are other brands out there for you to try. And who knows, maybe you will like another brand better!
Not all ginger beers are created equal, after all. The reason why Bundaberg is so delicious is the level of spice. If you get a watered down ginger beer, your cocktails won’t taste the same. Because of that, here are three common brands you can find on grocery store shelves that rival Bundaberg Ginger Beer:
- Q Ginger Beer: This beer is made for mixing with other ingredients. You can also try their tantalizing hibiscus-flavored ginger beer for a unique treat.
- Gosling’s Ginger Beer: The only ginger beer designed to be used as a mixer for the Dark n’ Stormy cocktail.
- Fever Tree Premium Ginger Beer: All natural and delicious, Fever Tree is a reasonably priced brand that contains real ginger. You can also drink it like you would ginger ale.
- (Alcoholic option) Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer: Since 1801, Crabbie’s has kept their alcoholic ginger beer the same. While it might be a bit difficult to get your hands on it in the US, it’s definitely worth a try.
Bundaberg Cocktail Recipes
You’ve learned a bunch of things about finger beer from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Now, it’s time to learn what to mix with it There is no shortage of Bundaberg cocktail recipes out on the internet, so we did the hard work and gathered up the best here.
Bundaberg Moscow Mule
Do you want to spice up your Moscow Mule? Try adding in some Bundaberg!
- 2 oz Vodka
- 6 oz Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- 0.5 oz Fresh lime juice
- Lime wedge for garnish
- 2 small pieces of ginger root (optional)
- Muddle the pieces of ginger into the bottom of your shaker
- Combine vodka and lime juice in the shaker
- Shake the ingredients and strain into a copper mug
- Top with Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Add in ice and your lime wedge garnish
This video shows you exactly how to make a Moscow Mule with Bundaberg:
Dark n’ Stormy with Bundaberg
The Dark n’ Stormy is a cocktail that is closely related to a Moscow Mule but a little more island-y. Goslings (yes, the same one that makes ginger beer) has a canned Dark n’ Stormy that this cocktail rivals.
- 2 oz dark rum
- 5 oz ginger beer
- 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wedge or wheel for garnish
- Fill a tall glass with ice and add in your rum and lime juice
- Top the glass with Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Gently stir with a swizzle stick
- Garnish with a lime wheel
Within The White Night
This recipe comes from Alicia Walton, a bartender from The Sea Star in San Francisco.
- 1.5 oz Vodka
- 3.4 oz Passion fruit liqueur
- 3.4 oz Carpano Bianco Vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
- 1 dash El Guapo Polynesian Kiss Bitters
- 0.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Combine all the ingredients (except the ginger beer) in a shaker and blend
- Fine strain over ice
- Top with Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Garnish with lime if desired
This spicy yet silky blend of tequila and ginger beer will truly get the party started.
- 1.5 oz Reposado tequila
- 0.5 oz Creme de Cassis
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
- Combine the tequila, crème de cassis, ice, and lime juice in a shaker and mix
- Strain the liquid into a tall glass filled with fresh ice
- Top the drink with Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Garnish with a lime wedge if desired
Get the full details on how to craft this cocktail here:
Black Ginger Cocktail
Looking for something fruity and summery? This cocktail has a bit of spice and tang from rum and berries, as well as the fizz of ginger beer.
- 3 fresh blackberries per glass
- 1.5 oz spiced rum
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- 1 splash Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- Muddle your blackberries in the shaker
- Pour the sweet and sour mix and rum into the shaker over the blackberries then add in ice
- Shake until chilled
- Pour the mix into a tall glass with fresh ice
- Top with a splash of Bundaberg Ginger Beer
Of course, the last step for any of these cocktails is to sit back, sip, and relax!
Which Bundaberg Cocktail Are You Making First?
Now that you know exactly what to mix with Bundaberg Ginger Beer, you’re probably itching to try it a bunch of ways. You might even try making your own Bundaberg Ginger Beer cocktail (if so, let us know). Swap ginger beer for ginger ale in your favorite drinks, too. There’s no denying that Bundaberg Ginger Beer is delicious, so drink up!
Bundaberg Cocktail FAQs
Yes, it is so delicious, you might be suspicious. There is no way something can taste so good, right? You can give credit to the family recipe that has been used since the 1960s and passed down through the family for generations. The ingredients are simple, but the quality of those ingredients ensures that you get the richest, most delectable ginger beer available.
Its ingredients include carbonated water, ginger root, citric acid, ascorbic acid, yeast, cane sugar, and some natural flavorings. The main ingredients—water, ginger, sugar, and yeast—are combined the way beer is made and then fermented to give the drink its delightful fizz.
While there is no official statement saying just how much ginger is used in Ginger Beer from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, it is the foundation of their recipe. Freshly ground ginger is used to make the wort that flavors the ginger beer. Therefore, you can assume that a significant amount of ginger is used to get the flavors of the beverage just right.
This beer is available in over 30 countries, including Canada. If you can’t find Bundaberg products in store, you can order the drink online and have it shipped to your address.