North Berwick artisan gin producer NB Gin has been selected by NASA to develop a new juniper-infused rocket fuel.
The deal, which will see NB Gin open a new distillery at the Kennedy Space Center in Fort Lauderdale, is the culmination of months of secret talks between the two parties.
NB Gin, which was recently voted the world’s best London Dry Gin by the World Drinks Awards, already has a strong following in the US and this latest deal is expected to build on that.
NASA has been working on a number of greener alternatives to conventional rocket fuel and said that juniper-powered space shuttles were the obvious choice.
April Lofos – the renowned Greek aerospace engineer and NASA’s lead engineer on this project – said: “Greener fuel is a priority for NASA and we’ve been experimenting with a number of alternatives. Many people have said that NB Gin is out of this world so we thought, why don’t we look at how these guys can power our rockets.”
As part of the five-year research and development project NB Gin will supply NASA with 10,000 bottles of their artisan gin. A NASA spokesman would not be drawn on rumours that the organisation is close to signing another deal with a well-known tonic water producer.