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18 Mar
2014

Blenheim Ginger Ale is the world’s best spicy ginger ale. Our boutique ginger ale is one of America’s oldest soft drinks with roots dating back over 110 year to 1903. Back then it was a small business built by two local Blenheim, SC men using water from artisanal well water and Jamaican ginger as a health tonic for troubled stomachs. Today it’s still a small family run business that is a labor of love keeping this great tradition alive.

The Ides of March give way to one of America’s favorite holidays. St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most heavily celebrated times of the year. People love to have a green beer or three and maybe an adult beverage to mark the occasion. But what is the occasion actually? Many people aren’t even aware of what St. Patrick’s Day is really celebrating. They get caught up in the beads, shamrocks, green clothing, and green beer, but don’t think about the cause of the occasion.

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St. Patrick was a Christian missionary and Bishop who became known for starting churches and monasteries throughout the country of Ireland. He spent 40 years traveling the country bringing the Christian faith to everyone from paupers to kings. One of the many miracles attributed to him was driving all the snakes from Ireland. He died on March 17, 461 A.D. and the people of Ireland turned this day into a celebration of his incredible life. Over the years the celebration has broadened to become a worldwide affair. In the United States there are more people of Irish descent than in Ireland itself. St. Patrick’s Day has turn out to be a national iconic party.

In an ironic twist, people celebrate this saint of the Christian faith by having a few alcoholic beverages. We already know that Blenheim spicy ginger ale makes an excellent mixer, so this month we have an Irish drink that’s perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party. It’s a little known trivia fact that ginger ale was invented in Ireland in 1851, so combining it with Irish whiskey makes perfect sense. One of the easiest recipes is to fill a highball glass with ice, add 1.5oz of your favorite Irish whiskey, fill the glass the rest of the way with your favorite Blenheim ginger ale flavor and garnish with a twist of lemon or lime.

Blenheim Ginger Ale makes a superb addition to an Irish Gold cocktail. This tasty drink combines whiskey, ginger ale, peach schnapps and orange juice into a refreshing cocktail. Follow the recipe below, and as always enjoy responsibly.

irish_gold_cocktail_w_blenheimIngredients:

2 parts Irish Whiskey

2 parts Ginger ale

1/2 part peach schnapps

Splash of orange juice

Lime wheel for garnish

Preparation:

Build the whiskey, schnapps and juice in a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with a lime wheel.

If you need to find Blenheim Ginger Ale near you, our Store Locator is a great tool. You can also order our spicy ginger ale from the Blenheim Online Store.

Do you have a favorite drink, food or cocktail recipe that make with one of our spicy ginger ale products? Leave a comment below and we might feature it in an upcoming blog post.

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17 Dec
2013

Blenheim Ginger Ale is one of America’s oldest independent soft drink companies. We have been using natural ingredients to craft the finest fiery ginger ale on the market. Located on the grounds of the South of the Border tourist complex, we produce small batches with care and love. Although this makes Blenheim Ginger Ale a little more difficult to obtain, the best things in life come with a bit of work.

The El Diablo Cocktail made with Blenheim Ginger Ale

Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale is an incredible cocktail mixer. Our kicked up blast of ginger flavor takes any drink to the next level. Our feature drink this time is the El Diablo, which was invented by Victor Jules Bergeron Jr. who founded Trader Vic’s. Trader Vic’s is a Polynesian-themed restaurant chain that began in the 1930’s in Oakland, California. They are also the originator of the Mai Tai cocktail. The recipe for the El Diablo can be found in their cook book “Trader Vic’s Book of Food and Drinks” published in 1946 by Doubleday Publishing.

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To make the El Diablo you will need: 

  • Half a lime
  • Cracked ice
  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 1/2 ounce creme de cassis
  • Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale-Your favorite flavor

Squeeze the half lime into a highball glass and then drop the spent half into the glass.
Pack with cracked ice and then add the tequila and crème de cassis. Stir gently.
Top with our spicy ginger ale and enjoy responsibly.

Free Blenheim Ginger Ale T-shirt with Case Purchase

Fans on the Blenheim Ginger Ale Facebook Page were the first to get this great offer. During the holiday season of 2013 we will include a free t-shirt when you order a case of our spicy ginger ale. Join us on Facebook so you can get the latest offers, news and updates about Good Ole Blenheim.

If you need to find Blenheim Ginger Ale near you, our Store Locator is a great tool. You can also order our spicy ginger ale from the Blenheim Online Store.

Do you have a favorite drink, food or cocktail recipe that make with one of our spicy ginger ale products? Leave a comment below and we might feature it in an upcoming blog post.

 

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01 Feb
2011

Blenheim Ginger Ale glass

Just like almost everyone else this time of year, our thoughts here at Blenheim Ginger Ale turn to one thing. The BIG GAME. The Big Game is right around the corner, and you have the Buffalo wings, pizza, chips and dip ready to go. You also have a 6 pack of your favorite beverage getting icy cold in the fridge. Yep, 6 tall frosty bottles of Blenheim Ginger Ale just waiting to be poured out and turned into a cocktail, or served straight up over ice.

No ordinary glass is fit for your icy cold and fiery hot Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale. So what do you put your Old #3 into? We can’t think of too many things better than a customized Blenheim Ginger Ale glass. Since you’re already surfing the web reading this, we suggest you point your browser toward Etsy. Etsy is an online store that specializes in handmade crafts. There you will find the Bottlehood store that carries a line of uniquely handcrafted tumblers and vases. They have turned empty Blenheim Ginger Ale bottles into tumblers to hold your cocktail creations. These incredible artists from San Diego upcycle  non-returnable glass bottles to help save the environment, and create beautiful art at the same time.

Ok, now that the adults have their beverages in hand, how about the kids? Need something a little milder for the young ones? Once you have your new Blenheim Ginger Ale glass, fill it up about half way with your kid’s favorite Blenheim flavor and add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Then top your glass off with little more ginger ale for the tastiest ice cream float on the planet. It’s creamy, cool and spicy all at the same time. Kids will love a Blenheim Ginger Ale float to go with their pizza rolls.

This great idea came from one of our fans on our official Blenheim Facebook page. We also can be found on Twitter. Everyone at Blenheim Ginger Ale and the entire Schafer family wish you much joy and prosperity in the New Year.

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25 May
2010

blenheim_bottleAs Memorial Day gets closer and the summer vacation season begins, Blenheim Ginger Ale is the perfect soda for the hot days outside grilling with friends and family. That spicy kick of Old #3 is perfect on a hot day and #9 Diet is just the answer for those who are watching calories to show off their hard work at the gym. If you are traveling along Interstate 95, the best place to buy Good Ole Blenheim is right where it’s made, the South of the Border Tourist Attraction at the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

Memorial Day cookouts are a great American tradition. Burgers, dogs, chips and punch make for a fun backyard gathering for the entire family. One of America’s most famous Southern Cooks, Paula Deen has a delicious recipe for Lime Sherbet Punch with ginger ale. We think it would “punch” up the flavor by using Blenheim #5 Not as Hot for the ginger ale. If you love Paula as much as we do, be sure to show your support by purchasing one of her collections of Southern classic recipes to enjoy in your home the way we do.

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts lime sherbet
  • 6 bottles Blenheim #5 Not as Hot Ginger Ale
  • 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice
  • Lemon slices
  • Lime slices
  • Maraschino cherries


Directions

In a punch bowl, add 2 quarts of lime sherbet. Then add the Blenheim Ginger Ale and pineapple juice. Decorate with the lemon and lime slices, and then top with the cherries.

For a complete list of where you can get your Blenheim Ginger Ale fix, be sure to visit our Store Locator page. You can follow us on Twitter, @goodoleblenheim is our name. You can become a fan of our Official Page on Facebook, or sign up to follow our blog by RSS or email. Coming soon, we will be adding online ordering to our site so you can get the fix for your Blenheim Ginger Ale addiction shipped directly to your home!

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10 Mar
2010

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The recent global cooling in Blenheim, South Carolina has our minds turning to a way to stay warm and enjoy a hot, spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale. A sip of Blenheim Old #3 is usually enough to fire up your sinuses, but these extra chilly winter nights have been causing us to think about adding a little flourish to our Good Ole Blenheim.

Vodka is one of the most popular liquors in the world. It is especially popular in the frigid climates of Russia and other northern European countries.  Vodka is made by fermenting such items as grain, rye, wheat, potatoes, or sugar beet molasses. Traditionally the finest Russian vodkas have been made with potatoes, but today most vodka is made from grain or wheat. Vodka shares a certain history with Blenheim Ginger Ale in that both were originally produced and utilized as medicines. Vodka is an excellent antiseptic, and promotes increased blood flow through the blood vessels. A few sips of vodka will instantly heat up the esophagus on the way down, and soon after your belly gets its own pleasantly warm glow the same way ginger-blasted Blenheim Old #3 makes you feel after a big gulp.

A great cocktail that contains vodka and Blenheim Ginger Ale is a Moscow Mule. The Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of Heublein Brothers, a spirit and food distributor, and Jack Morgan who owned the Cock ‘n Bull Tavern on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. They created the Moscow Mule by mixing ginger beer with Smirnoff Vodka in order to increase the market for both ginger beer and Smirnoff vodka. Their drink is credited with causing a boom in vodka sales during the 1950’s, which had been dominated by gin as the American’s choice for white liquor. A Moscow Mule was traditionally served in a copper mug, although it’s rarely done today.

Here is our Moscow Mule Recipe using Blenheim Ginger Ale instead of ginger beer:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 oz Smirnoff vodka
  • 3 oz. Blenheim Ginger Ale
  • 1 tsp. sugar syrup-(equal parts water and sugar melted together)
  • 1/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1 sprig mint
  • 1 lime wedge

In a cocktail glass, pour vodka over crushed ice. Add sugar syrup and lime juice. Top with your favorite Blenheim Ginger Ale and stir. Garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.

Of course, as with any alcoholic beverage, vodka should only be consumed in very moderate amounts. Always drink responsibly and savor the flavor; we want everyone around to enjoy Blenheim Ginger Ale for a very long time to come! (It’s O.K. to drink as much Blenheim Ginger Ale as you want)

Follow Blenheim Ginger Ale on Twitter with the tag @goodoleblenheim, and check our Official Facebook page for updates on ordering, availability and retail locations that carry Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale.

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blenheimshrine_websiteAll of us here at Blenheim Ginger Ale in Hamer, South Carolina are blessed to have the most passionate, creative and loyal fans of any soft drink on the planet. Our addictively spicy ginger ale warps the senses on the first taste and traps the drinker in a state of bliss that lasts beyond the borders of South Carolina. We receive notes, order requests and fan mail from all over the globe, and today we will recognize some of our hardcore followers.

Our biggest fan is undoubtedly Blenny from Blenheim Shrine. He has developed an entire website devoted to Blenheim Ginger that has been around much longer than our own site. For many years he has carried the torch for the fire of Blenheim on the web with a comprehensive history, blog and list of suppliers. He also has a Facebook fan page devoted to Blenheim. Another small site that has been around for a decade, Brent Aliverti has a page on his Antimatter Containment Field site with the original flyer copy that used to come with every order of Blenheim Ginger Ale.

Sydney Vaughn is big Blenheim Ginger Ale junkie as well. His email said “I’ve been drinking Blenheim since living in eastern NC in the 70s and it is truly incomparable.” He was kind enough to send us a drink recipe he calls the “Jim and Ginger.” His cocktail consists of half a tumbler of ice, a generous jigger of Jim Beam whiskey, a squeeze of orange wedge, and then he fills the rest of the glass with Blenheim Ginger Ale. Sure sounds like a great mix of refreshing fruit juice sparked up by Blenheim’s ginger heatwave.

We have received generous notes of support from such far flung places as Japan and Saudi Arabia, and emails from around the corner here in South Carolina and North Carolina. Watch this space for more of your letters, recipes and thank-you notes in the future.  As always if you have a favorite drink, food or memory of Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale feel free to drop us a line because we truly appreciate our fans.

You can follow us on Facebook; it’s our official page and we’ll have updates on all the new developments on Blenheim Ginger Ale as they happen. You can also follow us on Twitter for news, notes and other bits about what’s going on with Blenheim Ginger Ale.

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light_stormyWe’re back again this month with another delicious recipe or two using Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale, brewed and bottled on the grounds of the world famous tourist attraction South of the Border in Dillon, South Carolina. Our old fashioned ginger ale is the perfect complement for a variety of adult beverages, and today we have a recipe for the Light ‘n’ Stormy, a version of the traditional Dark ‘n’ Stormy highball.

First, let’s begin with the origins of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy. It’s a popular mixed drink in many of the former British Colonies and Caribbean Islands, and it’s traditionally been a mixture of ginger beer and dark rum. The smoky and sweet molasses notes of the dark rum make an excellent combination with spicy heat of the ginger beer. It’s so well-liked in Bermuda, it’s been dubbed the “National Drink” and its recipe has even been trademarked by rum producer and bottler Gosling’s Brothers Limited. Whether that’s even possible with a drink recipe is debatable, but it’s a suitable place to begin our quest for a Dark ‘n’ Stormy recipe.  Gosling’s formula calls for 2 oz of Goslings Black Seal Rum in a glass of ice, then enough Goslings Ginger Beer to fill the glass, and a slice of lemon or lime to top it off as a garnish. There are myriad versions with different flavored rums and other ginger drinks, but that’s the official trademarked recipe and it sure sounds good to us after a hot day in the South Carolina sun.

The overwhelming popularity of Blenheim Ginger Ale among the hip and trendy mixologists in America has lead to some new versions of the Dark ‘n’ Stormy made with Blenheim Old #3 Hot, that’s the one with the red cap, in place of the ginger beer. The good folks over at 10 Cane Rum, who produce very high quality premium golden rum, have come up with a version that they call the Light ‘n’ Stormy. Here is their recipe:

Blenheim Ginger Ale isn’t just South Carolina’s favorite soft drink; its popularity extends all the way to the Left Coast where the exceedingly knowledgeable wine editor Jon Bonne of the San Francisco Chronicle came up with a fancy, but yummy sounding, cocktail using Blenheim Old #3. It is another variation on the Dark ‘n’ Stormy that he has renamed the Last of Our Sea Sorrow, which is a quote from a Shakespeare play. We’ll have to take his word on that one because we don’t know much Shakespeare, but we sure do recognize the makings of a fine cocktail when we read it:

  • 2 ounces Ron Pampero Aniversario or other dark, aged rum
  • 1/2 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice
  • 4 oz Blenheim Ginger Ale (hot, preferably)
  • 1 slice lime for garnish (optional)

Mix rum, Canton and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Either strain over fresh ice cubes into a highball glass and top with ginger ale, or strain into a small goblet and add chilled ginger ale. Garnish with lime.

We hope these fine cocktails and highballs made with Old Timey Blenheim Ginger Ale will enhance your fanatical love and devotion to our products. We would love to hear your favorite uses of Good Ole Blenheim around your kitchen or bar to include in upcoming posts. Thanks so much for all the emails we have received so far and we are working very hard to update our supplier list, develop an ecommerce system, and get Blenheim Ginger Ale into the hands of everyone who craves our fine South Carolina soft drink.

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10 Nov
2009

The SOB Blenheim CocktailOne of our loyal and long time Blenheim Ginger Ale fanatics sent us this recipe for his favorite mixed drink. He calls his cocktail creation “The S.O.B;” surely named after where our production plant is located on the grounds of the famed South of the Border tourist attraction in Hamer, South Carolina. Ok, we’re not really sure about that fact, but that’s our story and we are sticking to it! His recipe for the “The S.O.B” is pretty simple, but has a very complex flavor combination that provides equal parts of sweet, spicy and sour which come together to form a drink that kicks back like an angry mule.

The recipe:

Using a standard old-fashioned glass or a Collins glass with a couple of ice cubes in it, add a jigger (1.5oz) of your favorite anejo or gold tequila, a ¼ cup (4oz) Blenheim Old #3 Hot, and  .5oz of fresh lime juice and stir slowly so you don’t lose all the bubbles and fizz of the soda. Add a slice of lime wedge on the rim, then sit back, relax and sip away with your favorite Mexican food, some Buffalo wings, or a big juicy steak hot off the grill.

Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for Blenheim Ginger Ale? How about the memory of your first sip of our spicy brew and how you were instantly hooked? What’s the craziest thing you have done to get a taste of Blenheim in your life? Send us your story and we might just add it to our Blog in the future.

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