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This Sunday is International Rum Day and let’s face its never a bad day to enjoy rum cocktails.


We’re still sad that the Birmingham Rum Festival has been postponed until next year, but we’ll try and lift our spirits with a Cuba Libre, Daquiri or Mojito. Or maybe all 3!

Here are some great Midlands based brands we've discovered for the festival.

Queen Cleo Spiced Rum is inspired by a tale of the Badass Liquor Boss, Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe. Rum-running female of the Prohibition era. She led the revolution for a rum-soaked future, with brains, beauty & breath-taking fury.

Queen Cleo Spiced Rum is run by two other rum loving bad asses - Emma and Nicola from Warwickshire. Their rum began its journey as a smooth, dark rum, run in from the Caribbean. It is then fearlessly spiced in the UK using a bold mix of 10 botanicals: a luscious blend of caramel, pecan, vanilla, hidden spices and refreshing lime. A rum created for the insatiable thirst of any badass liquor lover! Yeah baby!

Burning Barn Rum were very popular at last year's festival and sold out of all their bottles in the first session!

Founded by Katherine Jenner, the rum was a result of their apple barn being destroyed by fire. The burnt apples and sugar inspired the rum and the fire gave them the inspiration for their flavours.

They cold smoke their smoked rum with wood from the apple trees in their orchard that their father planted over 30 years ago. The spices in their spiced rum are whole and roasted, by hand, on their farm too. We loved this Spiced Apple Cooler,perfect for drinking in the sunshine.

Three Tides Rum comes from Birmingham based Beaufort Spirits and its a fine Demerara rum which combines an oak-smoked cacao heart and a honeyed tobacco soul. Elegantly finished with scorched gorse, wild elderflower and oats hand sourced from the British Isles. A complex spiced rum, to be savoured over ice or mixed with ginger or smoked tea as a sophisticated long drink.

Posted by DineBirmingham