The History of Vernors and The Boston Cooler

Legend has it that Vernor’s ginger ale was created in 1866 when Detroit pharmacist James Vernor returned home from the Civil War and found that the syrup he’d created and stored for four years had transformed into a deliciously different drink. Combined with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (preferably Strohs), the distinctly Detroit soda created a Midwest delicacy: the Boston cooler, believed to be named after Detroit’s Boston Boulevard. … [Read more...]