A Michigan Original: Vernor’s Ginger Ale!
Vernor’s Ginger Ale…I used to guzzle this stuff all the time when I was a kid. It was SO effervescent, the tiny bubbles would make you cough and was almost peppery.
It was a unique, adult taste that unfortunately has changed somewhat these days but it remains extremely delicious.
The slogans were “aged in wood four years” and “deliciously different” but they aren’t used much anymore; the new slogan is “the original ginger soda.” And boy…when it was aged in wood for 4 years it was AWESOME.
How did James Vernor come up with the idea to have his soda aged four years in wood? It’s an interesting tale:
Vernor was a doctor who also ran a soda fountain adjacent to his pharmacy. He was attempting to create a tonic with the ingredients vanilla, ginger and other spices when he went off to fight in the Civil War in 1862 — his tonic concoction was stored away in an oaken cask until he returned four years later. Upon his return, he received a pleasant surprise when he re-opened the cask and discovered his ‘tonic’ had aged into a beverage with a unique taste, thanks to it’s aging in wood.
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