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Ginger wine is a fortified wine made from a fermented blend of ground ginger and raisins which was first produced in England. It is often fortified by being blended with brandy (especially cognac). Ginger wine can be drunk on with ice ("on the rocks"), or without ice (either "neat" or "straight up"), and is frequently used as an ingredient—along with whisky (typically a blended Scotch whisky)—in a "Whisky Mac" (the shortened form of "Whisky Macdonald"). Ginger wine can also be served mixed with other beverages, such as lemonade, ginger ale, or bitter lemon.
The first documented appearance of Ginger wine occurred with the foundation of "The Finsbury Distillery Company" based in the City of London in 1740. The Finsbury Distilling Company, like other distillers, was required to build a retail network in compliance with the Gin Act 1751. Joseph Stone, a grocer of High Holborn, was one of the most prominent and important customers of the Finsbury wines division, and as such, had his name given to their ginger wine.
In the nineteenth century, sales were boosted by a cholera epidemic and a widely held belief that ginger offered protection against the disease. Other nineteenth century claims marketed it as a medicinal tonic that aided in digestion and served as an effective aphrodisiac. Today it is still produced and is widely available through most licensed premises.
- "Questions & Answers" (PDF). Scotch Whisky Association. 30 May 2012. p. 35. Retrieved March 21, 2013. "Whisky Mac[:] Scotch and green-ginger wine to taste. They may be in equal proportions or two-thirds whisky and one-third green ginger wine."
- "Our History: London Excise Act". Accolade Wines Limited (Stone's Original Ginger Wine Web site). Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "Our History: Finsbury Distillery". Accolade Wines Limited (Stone's Original Ginger Wine Web site). Retrieved March 21, 2013.