Richmount Cordial Company, which is based near the village of Carrickboy, picked up the prestigious Irish Drink Award from the Irish Food Writers’ Guild (IFWG) at a special event held in Dublin last Wednesday, March 4.
“There were seven awards altogether, and ours was the only one for drink,” explained Martina Burns, who runs Richmount Cordials with her husband David. “We were told we were up against top craft brewers.
“A lot of well-known food writers and bloggers were there, including Georgina Campbell, Biddy White Lennon, and John McKenna” Ms Burns continued.
Unlike many other food awards, prospective nominees cannot submit entries; they are chosen solely by the guild’s members.
Ms Burns explained that winning the IFWG award has brought the company to the attention of the national media.
“We’re being featured in the Irish Times, the Sunday Times, and the Farmers Journal,” she revealed.
“We were also interviewed for RTÉ Radio One’s ‘Drive Time’ after we won the award.”
Ms Burns went on to say that the company’s main focus now is its new production facility.
“Our priority now is to get the new production unit built and fitted out.
“We planted our own elderflower orchard in 2012, and we’re hoping it’ll be ready this year or next to supplement the wild elderflower we collect.
“Elderflower is picked from May to June and this year we’ll be employing six seasonal workers to do this.”
Having sold more than 11,000 bottles of elderflower cordial last year, the couple are now hoping to expand their range.
“When our production plant is built and the elderflower is picked, we’ll be looking to produce a ready-to-drink carbonated elderflower beverage,” Ms Burns explained.
“And For the autumn, we’re also looking at making an elderflower cordial with cinnamon and cloves, which would be an ideal warm drink for the winter evenings.”