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Lisburn distillery celebrates Culloden cocktail deal

Published 29/09/2015

RubyBlue’s vodka which is being used at the Culloden Hotel
RubyBlue’s vodka which is being used at the Culloden Hotel

The makers of a potato vodka distilled in Lisburn are celebrating after their drink was chosen for a cocktail at the Culloden Hotel.

RubyBlue’s vodka will now be added to the Culloden Hotel’s ‘lemon balm syrup and Schweppes soda water serve’.

The cocktail is the creation of bar manager Michael Campbell and is served in the hotel’s Crozier Lounge.

Stuart Hughes, co-owner of Hughes Craft Distillery with his wife Barbara, said: “I was delighted to be working with the Culloden on the cocktail particularly because I began my career with the Hastings Hotels, the owners of the Culloden.

“I was 16 when I joined the staff at the group’s Stormont Hotel and eventually became head wine waiter in the popular McMaster’s Restaurant there. It was there that I developed my interest in fine wines and spirits and this led me subsequently to start Hughes Craft Distillery with my wife to produce handcrafted liqueurs in 2010.”

Adrian McNally, Culloden general manager, at Culloden, said: “It is a great pleasure to work with and support our local producers. We are behind the RubyBlue brand and delighted to support Barbara and Stuart in rolling out the range to rest of the Hastings group of hotels.”

Brian Donaldson said the hotel was now using herbs from its own herb garden for drinks in the hotel, and even supplying edible flowers for its menu. 

The herb garden at the Culloden was developed with support from Jilly Dougan’s Edible Gardens in Craigavon.

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