12 Independents, 12 Incredible Cocktails: Manchester's Christmas Spiced Rum Trail

Ancoats rum - The Public Spirit have created a city-wide cocktail trail this Christmas...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 8 December 2021

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It’s officially party season, and there’s no better way to explore the very best of what the city can offer than with this new festive ‘trail’ – featuring twelve of the city’s best independents and twelve incredible drinks.

What’s more, this trail will also help you support an incredible cause this December, providing a meal for someone in need in the city, through the local homelessness and poverty prevention charity Mustard Tree.

Created by local purpose-led spirits brand, The Public Spirit, the trail has seen them partner with some of Manchester’s best venues to create a city-wide festive drinks trail called ‘The 12 Serves of Christmas’.

Expect winter favourites such as rum hot chocolate, mulled wine and other festive creations – all featuring The Public Spirit’s award-winning silky smooth rums – across twelve incredible venues to keep you in good spirits throughout December, with the specials running throughout the month.

Some of Manchester’s favourite bartenders have worked The Public Spirit rum into some truly decadent winter creations. Here’s the trail for your drinking pleasure…

1. The Jane Eyre, Ancoats
Spiced Rum, Amaretto, Prune, Demerara, Nutmeg & Whole egg (£9)


2. NAM, Ancoats
‘Sweet As Cherry Pie’ – Citrus, Cherry, Rhubarb, Almond, Spiced rum, Marshmallow & cherry foam (£9)


3. Cocoa Cabana, Ancoats
‘Cherry Love’ – House Dark Chocolate, Clove infused Public Spirit Golden Aged Rum, Cherry Syrup & Milk (£7). The Public Spirit have also teamed up with Cocoa Cabana to make some rum chocolates, which you can purchase directly from their website.


4. Elnecot, Ancoats
Elnecot Mulled Wine with The Public Spirit Spiced Rum (£10)


5. Mecanica, NQ
‘Keep The Change’ – Public Spirit Aged Rum, Ginger, Winter Spices, Whites (£9)


6. Reserve at Mackie Mayor, NQ
The Public Spirit Golden Aged Rum & Ginger Ale & The Public Spirit Original Spiced Rum & Ginger Ale (Single £7 / Double £9)


7. La Collina, NQ
‘Tuscan Mulled Wine’ – Tuscan Red Wine, The Public Spirit Spiced Rum, Sicilian Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, Clove & Star Anise (£6.95)


8. Feel Good Club, NQ
‘Bah Rum Bug’ – Bitter, The Public Spirit Golden Aged Rum, Lemon, Sugar & Aquafaba (£7.50)


9. Haunt, Peter Street
‘Joe Public’ – Original Spiced Rum, Northstar Espresso, Gomme, and Walnut Bitters.


10. Ad Hoc NQ
The Public Spirit Canned Cocktails


11. Speak in Code
‘Hot Buttered Rum Old Fashioned’ – Butter Fat Washed Public Spirit Golden Aged Rum, Christmas Demerara syrup & Cacao bitters – Served warm with cinnamon & orange (£9)

12. TBC

Every drink sold will give money to local homelessness and poverty prevention charity The Mustard Tree, who have three hubs across Manchester and Salford, and provide one meal for a person in need, so you can be sure you’re drinking good in more ways than one.

Co-Founder Naomi Flaherty said: “It’s the time for giving and good spirit, so what better than enjoying incredible drinks and helping others while doing it.”

“Over the festive period The Public Spirit has committed to donating at least 2,500 meals for people in the city with every bottle they sell giving four meals.”

Co-Founder Olly Walker continued: “It’s so exciting to work with these fantastic venues and hopefully it can help us to smash our target. We can’t wait to try them all!”

All of the serves will feature The Public Spirit premium blended rums and their range includes their Golden Aged Rum and Original Spiced Rum. The local brand also produces award-winning canned cocktails – a Rum Punch and Rum & Ginger.

Both rums are a blend of five handpicked aged rums meticulously sourced from across the Caribbean, Central America, and South America – where they are aged for up to five years. The Golden Aged is the amber glow in its natural form while the Original Spiced has salted toffee and spices added for a sumptuous twist.


The Public Spirit: The 12 Serves of Christmas

Head to their Instagram to stay up to date with the trail and for all your Christmas gifting needs, head to their website for rum, espresso martini kits, chocolates and more; all of which give meals for local people.

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