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There are some things I only buy for Christmas and one of these is Stones Ginger wine. For me,it is a *must have* to add to my tipple of Whisky ! Stones ginger wine was first produced in 1740 by the Finsbury distillery in London. It is made from raisins and pure ground ginger. The company is now owned by accolade wines.
The bottle is easy to recognise on the shelf with its green label and white writing. It costs around £4 a bottle and is widely available from most supermarkets. I really love its warming taste with the hit of ginger.It is probably best known as a mixer to add to whisky making a whisky mac. I really love whisky mac,although only drink it at Christmas . Stones ginger wine contains 13.5% alcohol,so needs to be treated with respect!
However it can also be enjoyed alone with plenty of ice or lemonade if you prefer. I have only ever tried it once with lemonade did enjoy it. To make it really special you can add fruit such as apple ,mint and cucumber. Stones ginger wine can also be used to make ginger marmalade. ( see the web site for a great recipe!)
Overall this is a drink that I really enjoy,especially when mixed with whisky! I have tried supermarkets own versions in the past,but always come back to Stones as I think the taste is far superior.
I love the taste of ginger not only is it good for you but it is tasty and warming too, a bottle of Stones ginger wine will cost you around £4 a bottle from tesco's which is a reasonable price to pay for a bottle of wine. I love the taste of this as it's a really good winter warmer and an alternative wine to the fruity or white wines that I usually drink.
This is my evening drink when I have the fire lit in winter and am chilling with a glass of ginger wine in front of the television.
I like to mix this with lemonade to give it a little fizz and add ice for a refreshing drink that has a tasty kick of ginger.
The bottles are 70cl and are a dark green glass which can be recycled after you have drank the wine. It has a twist off lid so you don't have to mess around trying to get a cork out of the bottle and you can put the lid back on as it's not the kind of wine you drink the whole bottle at once like other wines.
This is a great wine for christmas as it can be mixed with whiskey and ice and also can be drank with lemonade as a spritzer, you can add your wine spices for mulled wine too as it's nice warmed up with cinnamon too.
I also cook with it as it makes a great tasting chicken in ginger wine sauce, as well as adding a nice taste to the sunday roast lamb , if you pour a little over the lamb whilst it's cooking in the oven .
It can be added to champagne for that extra kick and also is very tasty with gin and lemon.
I love this wine as it's not just for drinking but for cooking with too.
A great wine tasty firey and affordable , if you like ginger then I recommend you try this one .
==Stones Ginger Wine==
I have a rather well stocked drinks cabinet at the moment and I guess this is due to being pregnant and the lack of bring able to drink! Of course it has been pretty easy to ignore some o the spirits and bottles that are in the cabinet due to the fact that it has been summer and a lot of them I would think are more like winter drinks. Now though as the nights are getting colder it would be nice to settle down with a wee tipple but I guess I can last the few more weeks that I have of this pregnancy!
Stones Ginger Wine is something I bought in last Christmas for my mum as she does like to mix it with her whisky and this is how I started to like the drink myself. I am not sure if this is something everyone does because to be fair it is making up a rather potent drink as the Stones Ginger wine is a drink which is a 13.5% alcohol strength and of course mixing it with a 40% whisky is making up a rather pokey cocktail!
The Original Stones Green Ginger Wine (as there are a few different variety's although I have only ever bought this one) is not in fact green but merely the bottle. The drink inside is a lovely golden colour to match that of the whisky that it is being mixed with! Its been around ages since 1740 and is an English drink as it was first produced in London. The back of the bottle states that it uses traditional ingredients such as raisins and pure ground ginger.
The bottle does state it can be enjoyed all year round but then I guess they would try to encourage that as I am sure other people like myself would see it as a more wintry type of drink. This is mainly because the gingery taste of the drink is a rather warming flavour and obviously mixed with whisky is a rather "winter warmer" in my mind. As well I think it reminds me of Christmas as I always remember mum and dad drinking it around this time of the year.
The drink itself is a very smooth and rather tasty drink and although it can be drunk on its own I find the ginger flavour a little bit too overpowering to have a whole glass of the stuff without mixing it with anything else. The bottle also does say that if you log on to the Stone's website there are a ton of different types of cocktails that can be made using this Ginger Wine and also different food recipes.
All in all I must say that I do like the flavour of this gingery drink and although if drunk alone it doesn't have that kick which drinking a whisky gives you, when mixed up with another spirit it really does make a nice change and like I say perfect for these cold nights. I think a classic drink such as this is well deserving of a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation! Looking forward to giving birth and being able to have a small tipple!!!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
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