Ginger ale is the trademark beverage of the island. It was first made on Corfu while the island was under British rule in 1860. It is a refreshing alcohol free beverage (despite being called "ale") made from lemon, sugar, ginger and water.
The drink is fermented in vats resulting in ginger ale, a lemon flavoured tonic drink with a peppery intensity. According to experts, the mixture should be left in the bottle for at least 5 days to mature and foam.
With beneficial healing properties, it should be kept in the refrigerator (to prevent it from going off) and is consumed by locals and tourists in the various cafes on the island.