Having launched Scotland’s first tonic water and an artisan drinks business, it’s fair to say that Claire Rennie – founder of Summerhouse Drinks – is a talented entrepreneur.
Find out how she got on in our round of quick fire questions below.
What’s your customer icebreaker?
You look like you could do with a drink…
It’s the end of your shift – what do you pour yourself?
Generally whatever spare bottle of lemonade with a wonky label that hasn’t passed our quality control.
If you were a drink, what would you be?
Our Scottish raspberry lemonade: Scottish, sparkly and red.
Most unusual drink request?
Although not very unusual, we get asked if we make ginger beer a lot.
What would the theme song to your average shift be?
In the current climate it is I Will Survive.
What’s in your drinks cabinet at home?
A bottle of Isle of Harris gin, bottle of Rock Rose gin and one of the first bottles of Esker gin.
Best food and drink pairing?
Our lavender lemonade and blue cheese. The lavender brings out the broccoli notes in the cheese – delish.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three drinks are there with you?
Our St Clement’s, as it is very refreshing, our winter spice flavour in case I am still there at Christmas time and a gin and tonic made with Walter Gregor’s Original & The Botanist Gin. I hope the desert island grows pink grapefruit for the garnish.
You have to make a drink to represent Aberdeen. What would that be?
It would be our Walter Gregor’s Apple and Cinnamon Tonic Water mixed with a Glen Garioch Founders Reserve Whisky: Tradition meeting exploration.
Your favourite superhero/celebrity is sitting at the bar. Who is it and what do you serve them?
Any member of the NHS is currently a superhero and I would serve them a one of our hint o’ mint lemonades with Dark Matter Rum, which is my version of a Scottish mojito.