Fri 16 Jul, 2004 10:42 am
Is ginger ale the most popular drink in America? If you are a frequent flyer, or even rarely take a plane trip, notice this next time
Is it me or do more people order ginger ale on flights than anywhere else? I am guilty also, it's like I never think of it until I am thousands of miles up. I had a friend that was a flight attendant tell me that its common that after the first person orders it, anyone who sees or hears the order, orders it. They have these "runs" on ginger ale during most flights.
Why do we suddenly have an urge for something that we could, if wanted, buy in any store on the ground? You go into a supermarket and you will see maybe one or two columns of ginger ale on a shelf, while the colas take up most of the space. Maybe Schweppes or Canada Dry plants ginger ale drinkers on the front sections of airplanes to increase sales, leading other passengers like a pied piper of semi-popular carbonated drinks.
Could it be the altitude or the fear of being without control of the situation that leads us to ginger ale? Say if we were in prison on death row, would we pick ginger ale as the beverage accompanying our last dinner? I would not think the altitude of flight would have anything to do with it, but I have to admit that my second question if I ever met Neil Armstrong would be "did you have sudden cravings for ginger ale while in space?"
I far prefer ginger over cola. I only drink cola if there is no water available.
In folk medicine ginger is a specific for motion sickness. It is still advised during intestinal upsets to "settle the stomach".
Not sure the official reason, but I would venture a guess. When flying the air is very dry so you need to be dehydrated. Drinking most colas would make you more dehydrated as they contain caffeine. If some one is a cola addict then the next best choice for a non-caffeine drink would be ginger ale.
At least that is why I opt for either ginger ale or sparkling water than any type of cola or coffee.
without checking any facts to back this up, i would say water is the most popular drink (can't beat the price!)
Hi, I second what Noddy posted. Ginger being the component that soothes people's tummies, and again the non-caffeine component. Growing up my dad always touted the medincal values of gingerale, not just for stomach aches, headaches, et al. Recently I was feeling well at work, and went to look for a can in the cooler in our cafetaria and they were out of Canada Dry, I used to like Schweppes too, but it just doesn't taste the same and Seagram's is awful. (We buy the supermarket brands that vary in quality but dad always buys Canada Dry if he can on sale). Anyway they were out of Canada Dry, and a guy overheard me and said, "They have Schweppes."
So I said laughing, "No quite honestly--I'm a ginger ale snob" and made him laugh. We found it on the store in the lobby on the way back up to work. They do sell out fast.
Just don't try to drink Canada dry. The hangover will be unforgettable.