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Recipe: Bangor company's Royal Wedding inspired 'ginger' cocktail



Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Danny Lawson/PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Danny Lawson/PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Royal Wedding date is set and all eyes are on Prince Harry and his Mrs To Be, Meghan Markle.

For weeks there has been speculation on the menu, the dress, the honeymoon, the guests and the not-guests but one thing is for certain, most will have to enjoy the excitement of the day from afar.

However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make the celebration a memorable experience, it is the weekend after all.

Bangor-based Longbridge Drinks Company has just recently revitalised ginger ale, introducing an artisan blend of the classic mineral.

Interestingly, ginger ale is known to have had its roots in Belfast with chemists, Grattan & Co. awarded credit for introducing the first carbonated ginger ale in the 1800’s.

Now however, Longbridge has brought back the forgotten original Belfast recipe handcrafting the special blend in small batches.

What’s more, it has created Royal Wedding-inspired cocktails allowing us to incorporate a dash of Belfast charm to our toast to the happy couple.

Founder of Longbridge Drinks, Wayne Adair said: “The Royal Wedding, whilst not for everyone still serves as an excuse to get friends and family round this weekend and enjoy the excitement of the day.

“The Royal Wedding, and more particularly the Royal Couple offered us the perfect opportunity to experiment with the first offering in our range, Belfast Ginger Ale.

"We’ve used American classics to symbolise Meghan’s heritage and used our ginger ale as a nod to not just Harry’s recognisable red locks but his refreshing, unique and once fiery personality.”

To enjoy a Longbridge Drinks Royal Wedding inspired tipple, simply follow the steps below.

The Flaming Red

The Flaming Red

The Flaming Red is a fiery but refreshing mix of America’s favourite spirit, bourbon and ginger ale  celebrating not just Harry’s enviable hair but the marriage of two classic flavours.


  • Longbridge Belfast Ginger Ale
  • 35ml Bulleit Bourbon Whiskey (or your favourite bourbon)
  • Fresh lime to garnish


  1. Pour the bourbon into an ice-filled high ball glass.
  2. Top up with ginger ale and garnish with a squeeze and a wedge of fresh lime.

For more information on Longbridge Drinks visit www.longbridgedrinks.com. Please enjoy responsibly, for more information, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk.

Belfast Telegraph