Co. Armagh drinks producer unveils new range of flavoured mixers.
Premium mixer and tonic producer Troughtons has been living up to its branding and ‘raising spirits’ during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The company has developed five new flavoured tonic waters during lockdown, all of which are now available to buy.
The Elderflower, Raspberry Blush, Cucumber and Mint, Citrus and Valencia Orange tonics are each available in premium and low calorie Light versions.
All of the tonics are made using County Armagh spring water from the grounds of Ballinteggart House, Portadown, where the Troughton family also runs the Armagh Cider Company and regularly gives award-winning guided tours to visiting travel groups.
Director Mark Troughton said: “Lockdown afforded us the time to develop five new mouthwatering recipes, which we are delighted to add to our range.
“While many businesses have been struggling in recent months, we’ve been very fortunate that high quality, local food and drink products are something that people have wanted to enjoy at home.
“Our mixers seem to have been the perfect tonic — so to speak — for people who have been missing out on their usual outing to a nice restaurant or pub, so now is the perfect time to expand our range of products and let our customers sample these new flavours.”
Troughtons saw a surge in demand for its existing products during lockdown. Online sales of Premium Indian Tonic Water, Light Tonic Water, Premium Ginger Ale and Refreshing Lemonade rocketed while the hospitality industry was closed, with Troughtons products a fixture among Amazon’s top 10 best-selling mixers.
The four original Troughtons Premium mixers were launched at last year’s Balmoral Show following two-and-a-half years in development.
The Troughton family decided to branch out from apple products after discovering that nobody was producing craft lemonade and other mixers in Northern Ireland.
Mark explained: “We were already well-known for our handcrafted ciders, apple juice and cider vinegar, but when we spotted nobody else was making quality mixers locally — and given the increased popularity of gin and other spirits — we knew we had to go for it.
“With our own spring water on the estate already being used for the cider, we had a great starting point for high quality tonics.
“We’re pleased to be able to increase our range of products to give our customers more choice and find a mixer that is perfect for their taste.”
In addition to the new mixers, Troughtons has also developed three refreshing soft drinks aimed at the non-alcoholic drinks market. Its cloudy Sicilian lemonade, Sparkling Blush lemonade and Valencian sparkling orange drink are also new to the market.
The new range of tonics are available to order from Amazon and eBay, and imminently from Troughtons’ own tgtgroup.co.uk website for both household and trade orders.