DELICIOUS, desirable, deadly and dirty are not traditionally words one might formally expect to associate with Northumberland’s first lady.
However, the Duchess of Northumberland decided to show off her sense of fun when putting her name to a new cocktail range which launched last night at Alnwick Garden’s Treehouse restaurant.
The duchess decided the drinks would carry her name after visiting cocktail houses in London with Treehouse bosses where she sipped and stirred each of the concoctions to ensure perfection.
There are six drinks in total, rounded off with The Alnwick Garden cocktail and the BIG Martini. The others use the Duchess’s first name, Jane, in their titles.
Delicious Jane is a vodka mixed with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, passion fruit syrup and a dash of Grenadine. It costs £6.95.
Dirty Jane is a blend of vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, sugar syrup, club soda and a squeeze of fresh lemons and limes, and garnished with raspberries and blackberries. The price is £7.95.
Deadly Jane is served in a ‘poison’ bottle, a nod to the attraction’s Poison Garden, and is a mix of dark Alnwick rum and white rum, apricot brandy, freshly squeezed orange juice and pineapple juice, the juice from half a lime, and Grenadine. It is finished with pineapple chunks and costs £7.95.
Desirable Jane is Bacardi with half lime and soda, laced with sugar and muddled with fresh mint leaves. That costs £6.95.
The Alnwick Garden cocktail is served in a quirky watering-can and is a mix of Gordon’s gin with freshly squeezed cranberry and grapefruit juice, and garnished with fresh lime. It costs £6.95 for a single, or £10 to share.
The BIG Martini comes in a huge martini glass and is a blend of vodka and lychee liqueur and freshly squeezed lychee juice, topped with raspberries.
“The price is £7.95 for a single, or £25 to share.
The duchess said: “I’ve developed this range of cocktails and I hope visitors enjoy them as much as I do.”
David Scott, manager at the Treehouse, added: “Creating this brand new cocktail menu has been a complete whirlwind journey.
“From visiting the finest cocktail houses in London with the duchess, to spending hours selecting the perfect glasses, I just know these cocktails are going to be an exciting addition to our restaurant’s unique appeal.
“To have the duchess’s name to them is something I feel is vital, as Her Grace has been so passionately involved in the whole process.
“And we had such fun we wanted to reflect that in the names.
“Exciting cocktails are something we feel is missing from Alnwick, so we decided to do something about it – I think you’ll agree the result is delicious!”