This is the story of a cocktail that was three months, 1700 round-trip miles and hundreds of Icelandic blueberries in the making.
It’s mid-June and our Bars Manager, Fran de Vega, has learned of a Summer Solstice competition that is being ran by Icelandic drinks brand Reyka Vodka. He rallies the Hydro troops.
Less than a week later, on a beautiful summer’s day, our guests are out on the Brasserie lawn enjoying an Icelandic-themed Summer Solstice bar complete with wooden sun dial.
Behind the scenes, our social media team are making sure everyone’s efforts aren’t going unnoticed – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – the word is out and Reyka have taken notice!
A couple of weeks later and it’s official – Crieff Hydro have been selected as one of eight competition winners. Skol to that!
The prize? We get to send one of our team to Reyka HQ in Iceland for a bartending experience like no other – our intrepid explorer Fran is selected to represent Team Hydro.
It’s now August and Fran’s survival pack arrives courtesy of our friends at Reyka – knitwear, a swiss army knife, books on foraging – Fran is already far too excited and making everyone else very jealous.
Early September and he’s off on his Icelandic adventure – volcanoes, blue lagoons, eating rotten shark… it had it all.
Fran returned bearing gifts (mainly because we would have been very upset if he hadn’t). Hundreds of handpicked Icelandic blueberries which he infused into a bottle of Reyka before, a week later, mixing up this beautiful vodka tonic garnished with a fresh grapefruit wedge!