Enjoy Jello Made With Ginger Ale

by kimbesa

Vintage Jello recipes replace part of the water with soda and you can experiment with the flavors to suit your taste

If you like vintage Jello cookbooks, you may have already seen the recipe for combining lime Jello with ginger ale. I like the lime, and I've made my own versions with different flavors of Jello, adding pears or fruit cocktail, and a dollop of cream on top.

Jello made this way is enjoyable any time, and especially in the summer when a cool, refreshing dessert is ideal to top off a cook out or carry in dinner. Or, just to have on hand for the kids, so they’ll have a snack that’s easy and quick to eat.

The kids can learn to make this, too. Summer is a great time to introduce them to cooking. Jello is so simple, it almost doesn't feel like cooking, but they'll be proud that they made it themselves.

Photos by kimbesa.

The Basic Jello Recipe

Any flavor of Jello that tastes good with ginger ale

Jello Is CoolYes, lime Jello is my go-to favorite. I make it with diced canned pears. These are ingredients I keep on hand, and that makes it convenient to whip up a batch in just a few minutes. It's also easy to keep some cold ginger ale on hand. A regular size bottle fits easily in the fridge.

1 3-oz package Jello
1 cup hot water
1 cup cold ginger ale
2 cups drained canned fruit

Dissolve the Jello powder in the hot water. Then add the cold ginger ale and stir well. Refrigerate for about 40 minutes, until it starts to thicken. This is so that the fruit will stay suspended, not sink to the bottom. Fold in the fruit and return to the fridge. Dessert will be ready in about 5 hours.

Whip some heavy cream for topping, or use another whipped topping of your choice. (I like the extra creamy versions, which aren't carried by some of the big retailers, but most grocery stores have it in the freezer section.)

This leaves your choice for the Jello and fruit. I've tested this with black cherry and peach, in addition to the lime. I have cranberry, grape and cherry on my list. If you think a certain Jello flavor will go with ginger ale, go for it. You can also try cola, or another flavor of soda.

I've used canned pears, and fruit cocktail. Make sure you drain well, not matter what fruit you use. You can also try fresh fruit (except fresh pineapple, which prevents the Jello from setting).

Black Cherry

Classy Black Cherry
Classy Black Cherry

Peach Jello

Pretty Peach with Ginger Ale
Pretty Peach with Ginger Ale

Green Lime

Lime Likes Ginger
Lime Likes Ginger

Mixchief For Soda

The Flavor Made For Mixing
The Flavor Made For Mixing

Jell-O Mixology

This vintage Jello recipe has remained popular, so much so that Jello created a product designed to be made with pop. Look for the special mix in stores, or find it online.

Some are designed for soda, and some for juice. There are color changing versions, too. It's easiest to find them in the spring and early summer.

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Jello has been around for a long time, and there are lots of old recipe books out there

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Mix And Match - Tasty And Fun

The ideas are as varied as the flavors. Here are just a few:

  • Orange Jello with orange soda
  • Lemon or lime Jello with lemon-lime soda
  • Cherry Jello with cherry juice

There are lots of possibilities, and you may just create a new family favorite, when you mix Jello with ginger ale, or another soda.

Updated: 06/20/2013, kimbesa
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Would You Try Jello And Ginger Ale?

kimbesa on 10/05/2013

You are welcome! Ginger ale and candied ginger are favorite ingredients at our house, too. Thanks for stopping by!

Guest on 10/05/2013

One of my favorite family recipes is ginger ale-based jello! I love ginger ale straight up, and I also appreciate its fine qualities as an ingredient in a vast array of recipes which I've cherished over the years. Your reminder of this fabulously simple recipe is appreciated.

kimbesa on 08/20/2013

I'm getting ready to try this with some more Jello flavors. It's fun to play with food!

WriterArtist on 08/20/2013

This looks pretty simple and attractive. The combination of ginger ale looks superb.

kimbesa on 06/23/2013

That's the best thing about Jello...all the happy memories associated with it.

Digby_Adams on 06/23/2013

My mother used to make this for us kids, when we were sick. I always loved it.

kimbesa on 06/21/2013

I get a desire for ginger ale from time to time. It is fun to experiment with it, combining with different flavors of Jello to see how they go together.

jptanabe on 06/21/2013

Absolutely! I love Jello and mixing it with fruit is excellent. I have some memories of using Ginger Ale - gotta try it again!

kimbesa on 06/20/2013

I'm getting ready to try making this with cranberry soon. It's a refreshing, tart flavor. I love just about every flavor of Jello!

fitzcharming on 06/20/2013

I've bought those Mixchief Jello boxes before. They are really good. Jello is a great summer treat.

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