Ginger Ale Salad
  • 1 envelope (.25 oz or 1 tablespoon) of unflavored gelatin (use 2 if you would like a harder-set gelatin)
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • ½ cup boiling fruit juice (the juice from the canned pineapple can be used)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of ginger ale or ginger beer
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • 1 cup seedless green or red grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 orange, peeled, sectioned and roughly chopped
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled sectioned and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup canned pineapple tidbits
  • ½ cup crystalized ginger, chopped finely
  1. Soak gelatin in cold water until it blooms. Add sugar to the boiling fruit juice and stir until mostly dissolved, then add the bloomed gelatin to this mixture, and stir again until it is dissolved. Add the salt, ginger ale and lemon juice. Stir lightly to avoid losing the carbonation in the ginger ale. Chill until partially set.
  2. Add grapes, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and candied ginger. Stir and pour into a 5 cup gelatin mold. Refrigerate until firm.
Recipe by The Mid-Century Menu at