While not everybody is a football fan, we’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t like a cocktail. With that in mind, we put our thinking caps on to come up with some World Cup-themed cocktails that will help you celebrate your team’s victories, or take the edge off a drubbing.
But which of our delicious, award-winning spirits to choose for the task? Named after the fishing boats that Jack Rattenbury – a notorious local smuggler – have used to smuggle contraband into Lyme Bay in the 18th Century, and made from aged Caribbean rum in bourbon-charred oak barrels right here in Devon, our Lugger Rum was the winning choice.
Unlike most commercial spiced rums, our Lugger Rum is not defined by an overpowering vanilla characteristic. Instead, our aim was to create a rum that offers a full profile of nutmeg, orange-peel and cloves, as well as vanilla, making it the perfect, versatile cocktail base.
Lugger Rum World Cup continental cocktail list 2018
Because the qualifying tournaments for the World Cup are held within the six FIFA continental zones, we’ve created six Lugger Rum cocktails to sup that match the continental homeland of your chosen team (or the one you picked in the office sweepstake).
Rum-spiked Mulled Cider
A tangy, summer take on what’s usually a winter classic
1 pint apple juice
1 pint Lyme Bay Jack Ratt Vintage cider
60 ml Lyme Bay Lugger Rum
3 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole allspice
1 orange (thinly sliced)
1 star anise
Chilled apple slices
Put all the non-alcoholic ingredients in a pan and slowly bring to the boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture into a jug, leave to cool, then add the Lugger Rum and serve over chilled apple slices.
Pom & Rum
Juicy and jewel-like pomegranate seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre
2 tbsp Lugger Rum
1 tbsp pomegranate syrup
3 tbsp pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 tbsp fresh pomegranate seeds
Mint for garnish
Pour Lugger Rum and pomegranate syrup into a glass over ice. Add the pomegranate juice and sparkling water. Give it a good stir, then sprinkle over a few pomegranates seeds and garnish with a sprig of mint.
North and Central America and the Caribbean
Tropical Rum Punch
A holiday favourite made even fruitier with slices of juicy mango
Makes approx. 2 litres
Juice of 8 limes
35ml grenadine syrup
750ml Lugger Rum
500ml pineapple juice
500ml orange juice
8 drops of Angostura bitters
Dash of grated nutmeg
Mango slices, to garnish
Soda water (optional)
Combine all the ingredients in a large jug filled with ice cubes. Stir well and top with soda water if like a bit of fizz, and garnish with sliced mango.
Tangerine or mandarin mojito
Garnish with mandarin or tangerine slices and mint leaves for an orangey update to everyone’s favourite mojito.
2 cups of mandarin or tangerine juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup sugar cane juice
8 oz of mint leaves
1 ½ cups of chilled sparkling water or soda
1 to ½ cups of Lugger Rum, to taste
Mandarin or tangerine slices
Sugar to decorate rims, optional
Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar cane juice (or sugar) in a pitcher.
Add the rum, lime juice and mandarin juice, then some ice cubes and mandarin slices. Top with the sparkling water and serve.
Australia Dirty Mango Lassi
A refreshing frozen yoghurt drink with a rum kick. It looks like breakfast but it tastes like a holiday.
1 mango (peeled, stoned and chopped)
4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
3 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
1 handful ice cubes
44 ml Lugger Rum
Ground cardamom (sprinkle)
Blitz the yoghurt, mango, sugar, ice and rum into a blender. Pour the mixture into a tumbler and sprinkle with some cardamom powder.
A tart yet surprisingly sweet mix that’s a delicious alternative to the traditional mojito.
3 lime wedges
8 fresh mint leaves, plus extra sprigs to serve
3-4 tsp brown sugar
3 tsp gooseberry and mint cordial
3 fresh gooseberries, plus extra to serve
3 tbsp Lugger Rum
Muddle the lime wedges, mint, sugar, cordial and three gooseberries in a hi-ball tumbler, then add half the rum and as much crushed ice as you like. Float a splash more rum on top and garnish with gooseberries and a sprig of fresh mint.