Hughes Craft Distillery, the Lisburn-based craft distiller, announce the launch of the unique Belfast Martini in association with Fed & Watered restaurant and cocktail bar, part of the Mount Charles catering group that uses RubyBlue Premium Potato Vodka.
‘The Belfast Martini’ has been launched for passengers using the Departures Lounge at Belfast International Airport and is the first in a series of locally inspired drinks with RubyBlue Premium Vodka, which is also on sale in the Duty Free Zone. Fed & Watered is the airport’s principal restaurant and bar.
Christopher Telford, general manager of Food & Watered, says: “Sleek surroundings, traditional menus, local identity and excellent customer service are the corner stones of our traditional, and relaxed café and bar. We strongly believe in supporting our local fishermen, butchers, farmers and bakers.
“We source local products, showcase regional cooking and celebrate the wonderful diversity found within our shores. Our suppliers include The County Kitchen, Lisburn. Ewing’s Seafood’s, Belfast, Hilden Brewery, Dunmurry and vodka from RubyBlue in Lisburn.
“As part of our ongoing improvements we have recently launched a new drinks list which features locally produced RubyBlue Vodka and berry liqueurs in several cocktails including:
The White Ruby
RubyBlue Premium vodka with Fever Tree lemonade and fresh mint and a wedge of orange
Our very own Northern Irish Bloody Mary. Large measure of RubyBlue Potato vodka Ruby Blue Chilli pepper, rich tomato juice & lemon juice served with your choice of seasoning and condiments.
The originally French Martini with a Fed & Watered twist! RubyBlue Potato Vodka, RubyBlue Wild Blackcurrant liquor and Pineapple juice shaken and strained into a Martini glass
“The locally inspired cocktail list allows our customers to start their holiday early and tourists to leave Belfast with a great last taste of how great our local produce really is. The Belfast Martini comes as Northern Ireland prepares to celebrate our first-ever Year of Food and Drink. We really want to showcase the best of Northern Ireland food and drink to travellers.”
Stuart Hughes, managing director of RubyBlue Irish Potato Vodka, adds: “It’s tremendously exciting for us to working with Fed & Watered on a range of local cocktails for passengers to enjoy at the airport. It’s a marvellous opportunity for a small batch distillery like RubyBlue. Belfast International Airport is demonstrating an immensely encouraging commitment to local producers including artisan enterprises. We are all benefiting from the airport’s impressive commitment and support.”
Pictured (L-R) Margaret Allen, Procurement Manager, Mount Charles Group, Graham Keddie, managing director of Belfast International Airport, Christopher Telford, general manager, Fed & Watered, and Stuart Hughes, managing director of Hughes Craft Distillery, Lisburn