Vernor's Ginger Ale
Woodward Avenue Cultural Heritage Tour
— Downtown Detroit, Michigan —
Before the conflict began, James Vernor, a pharmacist, had concocted a new drink. It was a mix of 19 ingredients including ginger and vanilla.
When Vernor was called off to war in 1862, he stored the secret mixture in an oak cask in his pharmacy. After returning four years later, he opened the wooden keg and found the drink inside had been transformed by the aging process. It was like nothing else he had ever tasted. It was Vernor's.
For years, the only place one could buy a Vernor's was from the fountain in James Vernor's pharmacy on Woodward near Clifford in downtown Detroit. Demand continue to grow, and soon soda fountains throughout the city began selling Vernor's Ginger Ale.*
Today Vernor's Ginger Ale is sold widely throughout the country.
*from Cadbury Schweppes website: www.dpsu.com
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 42° 20.078′ N, 83° 2.958′ W. Marker is in Detroit
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Theater District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); L. B. King and Company Building (about 500 feet away); David Whitney Building (about 500 feet away); Statue of Abraham Lincoln (about 600 feet away); Finney Barn (about 600 feet away); Michigan's First Capitol/Capitol Union School (about 700 feet away); The First Capitol Building in Michigan (about 700 feet away); Detroit's Underground Railway Station (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 20, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.