Drinkable Avatars of Ginger
Maugham’s Cocktail Revived
Let’s look at some of the — basically alcoholic — avatars of Ginger:
Ginger Wine got popular in England during the Georgian era and is still available today. It traditionally comes in green bottles. There are also a number of recipes for making your own.
Ginger Wine is not a typical grape wine, but usually an infusion made with Ginger root or dried Ginger and sugar. Sometimes there are additional raisins or sultanas.
Some bartenders make their own Ginger-infused vodka for use in drinks like Ginger Gimlets. It is sometimes available commercially, or you can make your own using a recipe available on the Internet. 
The characters in Maugham’s stories drank Gimlets in the 1920s, and the drink, like Pink Gin, has Imperial or Imperialistic overtones to many people. The classic Gin Gimlet was a cocktail containing gin and lime juice. The drink fell into obscurity for many years, and was recently revived by some bartenders in a Ginger version. There are several versions of this retake on the classic Gimlet. Several bars serve it as a signature drink. Ginger Vodka is a key element.  Here’s another recipe:
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3 ounces Ginger Vodka
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Powdered sugar for garnish
Dip the rim of a martini glass in the powdered sugar spread on a saucer. Combine the vodka, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with some cubes of ice and shake. Strain into the cocktail glass and enjoy.
Some links to recipes for making these liquid avatars of Ginger are attached. The range of possible drinkable versions of Ginger may be endless, but these four are probably the main stand-by varieties.
For Further Information:
 “Ginger wine,” article, Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginger_wine
Recipe for Ginger wine — http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques41.asp
 “Yazi Ginger Vodka,” article, Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yazi_Ginger_Vodka
“Ginger Infused Vodka Recipe” — http://www.chow.com/recipes/10879-ginger-infused-vodka
 “Domaine de Canton,” article, Wikipedia — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domaine_de_Canton_%28liqueur%29
“DIY Canton Liqueur,” http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/12/diy-ginger-liqueur-make-your-own-canton.html
 “Drink this!” from Chicago Tribune — report of Ginger Gimlet at Matchbox Bar — http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-29/features/ct-dining-1129-drink-this-matchbox-20121129_1_gimlet-lime-juice-gin
“Blue Ginger Gimlet – Ming Tsai,” another variant on this cocktail — http://www.ming.com/food-and-wine/recipes/simply-ming-season-4/blue-ginger-gimlet.htm