Our Story, So Far…

We are Emma and Nicola, the gin & rum loving ladies behind The Little Gin & Rum Company. Welcome to our world…

Friends since we started school. Drinking partners since we started drinking. Co-workers since we started our boozy business back in 2015.

Why did we launch The Little Gin and Rum Company? It’s simple really. We love gin and rum. We wanted to move away from the 9-5 and build something we are truly passionate about.

We’ve been drinking on the job for over seven fantastic years now and in that time, we have hosted HUNDREDS of gin & rum fuelled events.

Hen dos, corporate events, birthday parties or any excuse to drink gin (or rum!)…we’ve perfected the ultimate tasting AND pop up bar experience. Suitable for ALL occasions. And we’ve even gone virtual (thanks, lockdown!).

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More than a tasting experience

We have our very OWN RANGE of spirits, how cool is that?!

Although The Little Gin & Rum Co started life as an events business, born from a love of all things Gin and Rum, we also have our very own range of gins and spiced rum. It’s a badass brand called, ‘Queen Cleo’ and we know you will love them as much as we do!

Each gin and rum in our range of Queen Cleo Spirits is inspired by a tale of the original, Badass Liquor Boss, Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe. The prolific liquor-smuggling female of the Prohibition era. A truly badass woman in a man’s world, bootlegging rum and other liquor, from the Bahamas, into America! She led the way with brains, beauty and breathtaking fury.

Our spirits and their beautiful bottles represent years of hard graft and determination with a twist of femininity, reflecting our lives as businesswomen and more importantly, as mothers.

We had been running the events business for nearly 2 years when we decided to add our own range of spirits into the mix. We had gained so much valuable insight into what flavours and pairings our customers were looking for and we also knew what WE loved in a good G&T and rum drink.

The first step was to find a distillery we could partner with. Our research led us to Mark at Union Distillers. His passion and expertise was clear to see but he also gave us the creative licence to develop our own unique recipes.

We started with a classic, easy drinking London Dry and continued with Elderflower, Old Tom, Rhubarb and most recently Pink Grapefruit. And of course not forgetting our glorious spiced rum. We also plan to add more rum variety to our range in the not so distant future. Word has it rum is destined to be the next big thing and we want to be part of the revolution!

Find out more about our partnership with Union Distillers and how we created our very own range of spirits.

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See you soon!

We truly love what we do and being a small business we will continue to flex and refine our offering to give you the very best gin and rum drinking experience. Whether that’s keeping you stocked up with your favourite bottle of Queen Cleo or hosting a tasting experience to remember, for your group of friends or work pals.

We hope to be part of your next event or celebration.

Emma & Nicola


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