Founded three years ago by partners Scott Rose and Erin Johnston, Dutch Courage Bar Hire offers an entirely bespoke bar hire service that is modular to fit any space, from a living room or kitchen to a conference suite or large-scale event.
We caught up with Erin to hear all about the couple’s favourite food and drink pairings, and more.
What’s your customer icebreaker?
Scott usually always has a witty line to open with. We do say though that everyone needs a little bit of Dutch courage – we like that one.
It’s the end of your shift – what do you pour yourself?
A cup of ambition, yawn and stretch and try to come to life (for the drive home).
If you were a drink, what would you be and why?
Scott would be a chateauneuf-du-pape because it gets better with age. Whereas I would be an elderflower cordial and soda water in a coupe glass – it is classic yet understated.
Most unusual drink you’ve ever been asked to make?
A Charlie Sheen cocktail.
What would the theme song to your average shift be?
Proud Mary by Tina Turner.
What’s in your drinks cabinet at home?
Our three favourite Scottish gins – Loch Ness Gin, Colonsay Gin and eeNoo – as well as most of the contents of Inverurie Whisky Shop.
Best food and drink pairing?
Kates Bespoke Catering do the most amazing cured smoked salmon which can be paired with a classic gin and tonic.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what three drinks would be there with you?
Scott would have a Bloody Mary and espresso Martini and has allowed me to take one – I would have a winter citrus sour.
You have to make a drink to represent Aberdeen. What would that be?
Whisky old fashioned. Whisky is an obvious spirit choice for the city and the many distilleries that surround us and it is a good strong timeless drink.
Your favourite superhero/celebrity visits you. Who is it and what do you serve them?
I hugely admire Michelle Obama, so I would make her a clementine fizz cocktail. Scott would serve Sean Connery the ever-classic vodka martini.