Liverpool Brink Bar creates special alcohol-free smoothie for Kate Middleton


Jacquie Johnston-Lynch and Brink staff with their Duchess Smoothie

LIVERPOOL’S Brink Bar will honour the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s visit to Liverpool – with her very own alcohol-free smoothie.

Staff at The Brink invented the beverage, aptly named “The Duchess”, to commemorate the former Kate Middleton’s Valentine’s Day visit.

The trip to Liverpool will be her second-ever solo official engagement and Kate’s first port of call will be to the Parr Street bar.

The Brink is linked to the charity Action On Addiction, of which Kate is patron.

Jacquie Johnston-Lynch, head of services for the charity’s Liverpool branch, said the venue’s staff were delighted to welcome the Royal bride.

She told the ECHO: “It is such an honour to have her come to visit. We are all beyond excited.

“The very fact we have a Royal representing an addiction recovery charity is just great.

“When it comes to giving, addiction charities are usually last on the list. With Kate supporting the charity, we can break down the stereotypes.”

The smoothie dedicated to Kate is made up of banana, honey, almonds, milk and cream.

Jacquie said: “We wanted to something a bit different for her and I wanted to create something made from entirely natural ingredients. It is luxurious but healthy.”

Kate will also meet and chat with management, bar staff and supporters of the charity.

The Brink is a social enterprise run to help people recovering from drink and drug addiction.

It is open to all members of the public, but it also has private areas set aside for alcohol counselling, run by the charity.

Three-quarters of the staff are recovering alcoholic or drug addicts.

All the profits from the bar are re-invested in other Action On Addiction recovery projects in Merseyside.

Jacquie added: “My brother Garry was killed by a drink driver but he never got help for his addiction – he was punished.

“Maybe if he had somewhere like The Brink to go to for treatment, my brother would still be here.”

The Duchess became a patron of the charity last month. More details on timings for well-wishers will be released next week, but one lucky eight-year-old will enjoy the honour of presenting Kate with a Valentine’s treat.

Jacquie said: “My son Jaqson adores Kate. He has already written his Valentine’s card out to her and we are having a cupcake made with ‘Jaqson Loves Kate’ on it. He is also getting a big bouquet of red roses for her.”

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