Yummy Homemade Fruit Jello

I absolutely LOVE this jello!  It's so yummy and refreshing.  I love the fruit in it and the way the flavors combine together.  This dish is more on the tart side, as there's not much sugar added to it.  It can be served either as dessert or as a side dish.  Enjoy!
-2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
-1/2 cup cold water
-1 1/2 cups PLUS 1/2 cup orange juice
-1/3 cup sugar
-2 cups ginger ale
-1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
-about 8 large fresh strawberries, sliced
-1 cup fresh raspberries
Place water and gelatin in small saucepan.  Mix well.  Heat on low until gelatin is dissolved.  Add 1/2 cup orange juice and the sugar.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Do NOT boil.
In a large bowl mix 1 1/2 cups orange juice and ginger ale.  Add gelatin mixture and stir.  Add the fruit and mix gently.  Pour mixture in 9x13 dish.  Refrigerate for 5 hours or until set.  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from here.