"B" is for Blenheim Ginger Ale

Jul 17, 2017

"B" is for Blenheim Ginger Ale. Blenheim ginger ale originated in the Marlboro County town of Blenheim. In the 1890s Dr. C.R. May began adding Jamaican ginger to mineral water gathered from a local artesian spring and prescribing the concoction as a digestive aid. He later joined forces with A.J. Matheson to bottle the nonalcoholic beverage. Though the company developed different flavor combinations over the years—the spicy, ginger-flavored soft drink known as Old Number Three has remained the primary product. In 1993, Alan Shafer purchased the company and built a modern bottling plant alongside Pedro’s Pleasure Palace at South of the Border. Despite a marketing push in the late 1990s, the spicy ale is not widely distributed outside the Carolinas. However, Blenheim ginger ale has developed a cult following among food and wine aficionados.