Valentian Vermouth Rosso (photo credit; Pineappl)

TWO brothers from the Borders are hoping to shake up the cocktail market after receiving a £4,000 grant.

Dominic and David Tait, who own Pineappl, have launched a vermouth with a Scottish twist.

It comes after the pair were awarded the money from the Scottish Borders Business Fund.

Pineappl launched its Tait Bros Valentian Vermouth in October last year.

Produced in Piedmont, Italy, the innovative spirit blends Italian fortified wine with Scottish new-make malt spirits supplied by a distillery in the Borders.

The firm’s long-term goal is to move production from Italy to the Borders, creating both local jobs and a tourist experience.

Dominic Tait, Pineappl co-founder and director, said: “The Scottish Borders Business Fund grant was a crucial step when launching our product and enhancing our website and marketing capabilities.”

Wilma Norris, Business Gateway Borders business adviser, said: “It was great to work alongside Dominic and David who have such a strong connection to and passion for the Scottish drinks industry. After two years of hard work and dedication, plus the support we were able to provide, the brothers have launched an exciting new drink and built a solid platform from which to expand in the business in the future.”