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Stone's Green Ginger Wine
Ginger Wine is a fortified wine made from a fermented blend of ground ginger and raisins that was first produced in Englandmarker.

History

The first documented appearance of Ginger Wine occurred with the foundation of 'The Finsburymarker Distilling Company' based in the City of Londonmarker in 1740. The Finsbury Distilling Company, like other distillers, had to build a retail network in order to comply with the 1751 law. Joseph Stone, a grocer of High Holbornmarker, was one of the most prominent and important customer of the Finsbury wines division, and as such, had his name given to their Ginger Wine.

The production method has changed little from its first distillation, being distilled as it is today, from fine quality raisins and pure ground ginger, and soon Stone's Ginger Wine quickly became the flagship of The Finsbury Distilling Company's British wines division.

In 1832, sales were boosted by a cholera epidemic and a widely held belief that ginger offered protection against the disease; it has also been hailed as an aid to digestion and as an effective aphrodisiac. Today it is still produced and is widely available through most licensed premises (though its use as an aphrodisiac today is less well-documented).

Ginger Wine can be drunk on its own or over ice, but it is most famously drunk as a 'Whisky Mac' when mixed with whisky. Ginger Wine can also be drunk with lemonade or other mixers such as ginger ale or bitter lemon.

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