Food & Recipes

Sprite Has A New Ginger-Flavored Soda And We Tried It

Ginger ale fans, you're going to want to check this out!

If you’re a fan of ginger-flavored soda, nothing beats an ice-cold ginger ale. But perhaps that’s just because you haven’t had Coca-Cola’s latest creation — ginger-flavored Sprite!

Just launched in stores nationwide, Sprite Ginger and Sprite Ginger Zero Sugar combine the classic lemon-lime Sprite taste with a hint of ginger. Because it’s just a bit of ginger, it isn’t really a ginger ale, but for ginger fans, it could very well make your list of new favorite drinks.

“With every sip, you’ll get the crisp, refreshing cut-through of lemon-lime up front, balanced with a hit of ginger on the back-end,” Sprite brand manager Mark Shorey said in a press release. The new flavor, he said, is “reimagining the signature attributes Sprite fans know and love, with something new and unexpected.”

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So, is that an accurate description of what Sprite Ginger tastes like? I got the chance to try Sprite Ginger myself just as it was hitting store shelves, and while it tastes pretty much like you’d expect — lemon-lime Sprite with a hint of ginger — it’s different enough that it doesn’t taste like Sprite or your standard ginger ale.

However, there’s something you should know about my taste test of Sprite Ginger: I’m from a part of the country with a deep reverence for a particular ginger ale. In Michigan, where I’m from, a ginger soda called Vernor’s, which was invented by a pharmacist in the 1800s, is so well-loved that Michiganders use it as medicine. Have a cold? Drink a Vernor’s. Tummy ache? Definitely drink a Vernor’s. I’ve even seen Vernor’s Jell-O served to surgery patients at a local hospital.

As someone who is well-versed in ginger soda, I can say that while this does not taste like ginger ale, it is definitely a must-try for ginger ale fans. The ginger flavoring is quite subtle, so even if you’re on the fence about ginger, it’s worth giving it a go. All in all, it still tastes more like Sprite than ginger ale, but for me, the hint of ginger is a welcome addition.

Other taste-testers who have taken to social media to share their reviews seem to have similar thoughts on the new flavor, including @jnkyrdnys, who wrote on Instagram that while they “hate” ginger, the flavor in Sprite Ginger isn’t overbearing and is “actually really good.”

Twitter user @kozad86 says the new drink is tasty, and while it’s not quite ginger ale, it’s “pretty close.”

Let us know what you think if you try it!