Captain’s Orders!

by | Aug 16, 2021 | Cocktail Making, Queen Cleo

Captain’s Orders

It’s National Rum Day in the US today (yes, there is such a thing!), so we thought what better excuse is there to drink cocktails than this on a Tuesday night?!

So, ladies and gentleman, we give you Captain’s Orders to try this Spice Rum Old Fashioned (see what we did there?!). Did you know the ‘Old Fashioned’ cocktail was traditionally made with rye whisky or bourbon but over the years has become synonymous with the heavy bottomed tumbler that the Old Fashioned was traditionally served in?

The thing we like best about the Captain’s Orders is it’s super simple to make with ingredients commonly found in your home bar. So why not give it a try tonight?

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

12.5ml Sugar Syrup

50ml Queen Cleo Spiced Rum


1. Add the following ingredients to ice in a stir glass (or make straight into your rocks glass)

2. Stir and Strain into your chilled glass

3. Pinch orange peel to release orange oils

Don’t fancy making your own cocktails? Did you know The Little Gin & Rum Company can come to you? Whether you’re looking for a small private garden party bar, or something larger for a corporate event, get in touch – we have flexible packages to suit every budget.

With an estimated 145 million Valentine’s Day cards sent every year, why not impress your Valentine with something a little bit different.  

Choose from one of our Valentine’s themed cocktails, a French Kiss or All You Need Is Love.  Show your Valentine how much you care and earn yourself a few brownie points with these impressively tasty cocktails. 


French kiss

A combo of our Queen Cleo London Dry with Vermouth and Dubonnet for an easy to make but deliciously boozy cocktail. 

you’ll need

  • Ice
  • A lowball glass 
  • Lemon to garnish



Add ice to your lowball glass.


Add all ingredients to the glass.  


Stir briefly.


Garnish with a lemon garnish (get creative if you can). 



All You need is love

We are a big fan of sloe gin and you’ll often see it on our bars as a Sloe Royale served with Prosecco.  Our friends at Multum Gin Parvo make a particularly delicious one and we highly recommend their Sloe Dance Gin. 

you’ll need

  • Ice
  • A cocktail shaker 
  • A martini glass
  • Haribo heart to garnish



Chill your martini glass. 


Add all the ingredients to the cocktail shaker with lots of ice. 


Shake vigorously and then double strain into the martini glass. 


Drop a Haribo heart into the glass as a hidden surprise. 



You can find our other cocktail recipes here.

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After 4 years of being together we never thought that we would one day be in business together. Who knew where a simple text message could lead….

It all started with a conversation with Nicola at one of The Little Gin and Rum Company’s events in Leeds. Amy sent a message to Ian saying “Do you fancy buying a gin and rum company?” and the wheels were set in motion.



“As a sales professional travelling the UK and the world, I have made travelling and alcohol my thing.  With over 20 years experience supplying the hospitality industry with software and e-learning, I can’t wait to start sharing Queen Cleo Spirits with the industry I love.  You’ll usually find me with my favourite Queen Cleo Rum with ginger ale.”


“Where Ian loves sales, I love marketing and as a digital marketing trainer and professional public speaker, I always have a lot to say.  When Nicola and Emma started virtual events in lockdown, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about gin and rum and nearly 200 events later, I still love it.  Old Tom is my favourite tipple and I’ll even drink it neat with just a cube of ice and a squeeze of lime.”


Nicola and Emma have created a gin and rum legacy and we are honoured to take it into the future.   

We can’t wait to share our plans with you and we promise to make Queen Cleo proud. 

You know our favourite Queen Cleo drinks and we’d love to know yours.  Share them with us on Instagram #littleginandrumco.