Here at JN we’re partial to the odd cocktail and now we have a great excuse to dust off the cocktail shaker. Local craft distillery Hughes, based in Country Antrim, produce bottle-aged liqueur made with only the finest produce sourced right here in Ireland. This small batch producer is dedicated to producing exceptional craft spirits. The quality of the ingredients isn’t to be messed about with- using only real, whole fruit, Irish grain spirit (distilled and charcoal filtered) and a touch of sugar they produce liqueurs packed full of flavour. Each bottle is filled and sealed by hand and allowed to bottle-age naturally over a few months.
We currently stock all four of the RubyBlue liqueurs- but which one is for you? After having sampled all four I still can’t pin one down as my absolute favourite- they’re all delicious!
RubyBlue Blackcurrant Liqueur
This little gem is made using whole Irish Blackcurrants. And wow! You can taste the quality and care that has gone into producing this. It’s absolutely packed full of fresh fruit flavour.
Why not try it with Champagne, Cava or Prosecco in a Kir Royal? Or even better- how about a Ruby Bramble?
Fill a tumbler with crushed ice
Add 25ml RubyBlue Blackcurrant
10ml Lemon juice
RubyBlue Blueberry Liqueur
Bursting full of blueberry goodness this was a real hit at our tasting session in Crossgar. Just tasting this liqueur transported me to a summer’s evening enjoying drinks out in the sun.
What about making some fruity Blueberry Tinis?
50ml RubyBlue Blueberry
50ml Apple juice
Garnish with some of the blueberries from the bottle
Or, how about incorporating it into a Bellini? Just add 25ml RubyBlue Blueberry to your favourite Champagne/Prosecco/Cava.
RubyBlue Cranberry Liqueur
Again, this flavour proved very popular at our sampling session. It really captured the refreshing, thirst quenching flavours of fresh cranberries. This is a must-have to keep in the fridge for when friends come round for drinks!
What could be better than a delicious Cosmopolitan?
50ml RubyBlue Cranberry
50ml Cranberry juice
50ml Raspberry Juice
RubyBlue Chilli Pepper Liqueur
The wild card of the pack. This is the newest, fiery addition to the RubyBlue range. I have to admit, I’d never tried a chilli liqueur before- but wow. It was hot and sweet, warming and had great length.
Why not give it go in a Bloody Mary?
25ml RubyBlue Chilli Pepper
5ml Lemon juice
100ml Tomato juice
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Garnish with celery
We also stock a RubyBlue Miniature set which contains 4 x 5cl bottles of each flavour. A nice gift for the liqueur lover in your life.
So get your cocktail sets out and get inventing! The options are limitless when it comes to liqueurs and cocktails, and where better to start than with this local producer?