Stone's Ginger WineOne of my favourite mood shifting drinks for languishing on a sunny afternoon or early evening, has to be the Whisky Mac. The fine taste of Scotch Whisky and ginger wine takes the sharper edges off the worst of prickly days.

Thus it is worth mentioning that the celebrated creators of the finest ginger wine, Stone's, have brought out a limited edition of specially designed bottles to pack into your jubilee hamper.

I road tested the contents last week with visiting relatives.  Having mixed up the rather long Mac, I was interrupted in my pleasurable supping by a text message luring me down to the Old Ship Pub on the Thames in Hammersmith.  I slipped out unnoticed leaving Ch and her mother chatting over their Whisky and Stone's Ginger Wine (her mother being an inveterate whisky and ginger drinker).  

Well the cocktail certainly came up trumps.  By the time I returned about an hour later there was nothing but vapour trails and surreal guffawing going on.  The conversation had unwound to nostalgic remembrances of times past. The brew had worked its tasteful magic. I'm promptly poured another round and soldiered on.

The Queen's Jubilee period is up on us. I urge you to arm yourself with a bottle of Stone's and Scotch for when the going gets tough.  Deliciously fun!

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