The Last Word with Ashleigh Hanley, distillery manager, Hughes Craft Distillery
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THIS ROLE?
DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
No two days are ever the same- working in a growing distillery within a busy gastro pub keeps me on my toes, but thankfully every day starts off with some coffee.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Christmas temp for TK Maxx.
FAVOURITE TV SHOW: Firefly
FAVOURITE FILM: Les Miserables
FAVOURITE ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Plans, Death Cab for Cutie
FAVOURITE BAND: Bayside
LAST BOOK READ: Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Tom Hardy
FAVOURITE FOOD: Cheese, with absolutely everything!
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Goodfellas
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Lusty Beg, it was magical
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: The Waterfront Bar, Bundoran
FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD: Snuggled up on my sofa on a Friday night with a takeaway.
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Festival
LAST HOLIDAY: Kesh
FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Caramel latte
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: Fanta Lemon
BEER OR CIDER: Beer
WHITE OR RED WINE: White wine; I love a Marlborough.
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Only for cooking
GIN OR VODKA: I’m currently enjoying my own gin, that I distilled myself at the gin school onsite at The Stillhouse. My favourite drink at the moment is Rubyblue Vodka, lemonade served with apple and thyme.
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: Bubbly with a splash of Rubyblue Blackcurrant Liqueur.
WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Princess Diana, Dean Martin, Winston Churchill and Pablo Escobar.
ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My cork popper for those difficult Prosecco bottles.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE OF YOUR LIFE?
WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
I’m very lucky to say my job now.
“Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.” Zig Ziglar
THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
It’s ok to ask for help.
INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
My two grandmothers.