Alcohol-free gin made by teenager

Northern Ireland’s first alcohol-free gin has been created by a teenager.

Hana Hughes, 16, from Dromore in Co Down was inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh awards project.

It is known as “Driver’s Gin” and is sugar and calorie-free.

Hana said: “I had a keen interest in learning a new skill, and when reading the list I was given at a Duke of Edinburgh awards meeting I was initially surprised to see brewing and wine making as suggestions.

“I knew the resources available to me at my parent’s distillery were unique and I set myself a challenge to learn how to distil a non-alcoholic gin.

“I came up with two recipes, my first was very similar to a classic gin recipe but the second was my own recipe of botanicals, strong juniper, coriander, black peppercorns, cubeb’s, sweet orange.

“When I had finished distilling the recipes I measured the alcohol and they were both 0%.”

She said she hoped Driver’s Gin will offer an alcohol-free alternative to people who do not drink alcohol or are taking part in the sober for October campaign.

Her family own Hughes Craft Distillery.