Why I love/hate Blenheim Ginger Ale
You've never had Blenheim Ginger Ale?, my friend Will asked me.
Nope, I said. Never.
You've got to try some. I've got a whole case!
Of ginger ale?
Yeah. It's that good.
That's how we ended up at Idle Hour the other night, with a cardboard box full of bottles of Blenheim Old No. 3 Hot Ginger Ale.
Will popped the top on one, and I took a swig and rolled it around in my mouth for a second. I've never had a more full-bodied ginger ale.
Then I swallowed it. That's when the fire started in my throat.
The "Hot" part of Old No. 3 Hot Ginger Ale sets in as the ginger ale hits the back of your throat. For a second, I thought I'd developed acid reflux. Then I realized it was the ginger ale. It flamed up like a lit matchstick ...
The best way to drink Blenheim Old No. 3 Hot Ginger Ale is in a mixed drink, Will told me. That makes sense. After all, you need something to take the edge off.
I tried it two ways -- mixed with whiskey, and in a Dark 'n' Stormy, with some dark rum. I liked it best in the Dark 'N' Stormy. The back-throat burn was still there, just not quite as biting. I can't remember the last time I had a better Dark 'N' Stormy.
You can't buy Blenheim through the company Web site or in Maryland stores yet, but I believe you can get it at amazon.com. I highly suggest you try some of this stuff. Just be careful you don't catch fire.
(Photo courtesy of Blenheim's Flickr site.)