- Ginger ales come in two varieties: golden ginger ale and dry ginger ale. Golden ginger ale, dark colored and strong flavored, is the older style. Dry ginger ale was developed during Prohibition when ginger ale was used as a mixer for alcoholic beverages and the strong flavor of golden ginger ale was undesirable. Dry ginger ale quickly surpassed golden ginger ale in popularity. Vernors, Blenheim, Chelmsford, and Red Rock are examples of golden ginger ale, while Canada Dry, Schweppes and Seagram's are major brands of dry ginger ale. Dry ginger ale does not normally contain ginger.