We did it
On 12th June 2018 we successfully raised £1,679 with 37 supporters in 42 days

We are launching a unique, British spiced, artisan rum and need support with final production including spicing, bottling, and labelling

by The Little Rum Company in Stratford Upon Avon, England, United Kingdom

What is Queen Cleo Spiced Rum 

It all started with a tale of the Badass Liquor Boss, Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe; rum running female of the Prohibition era. The Queen of the Rum Row, leading the revolution for a rum-soaked future with brains, beauty and breath-taking fury.

Gertrude “Cleo” Lythgoe was the fiery orchestrator of a highly profitable liquor shipping operation. A smuggler of rum (and other liquor) to the U.S, through the Bahamas in the 1920s.

Queen Cleo Spiced Rum is inspired by her story. 

Our Story: The rum-loving ladies behind the brand

We are Emma & Nicola, friends since we started school, drinking partners since we started drinking, business partners since we turned our entrepreneurial dreams into a boozy-business reality. 

In the beginning (2015)...

There was two friends, with 9 - 5 jobs, a worrying love of gin and an old fashioned horse trailer. This became known as The Little Gin Company. The horse trailer was lovingly converted into the quirkiest of mobile gin bars (thanks to Emma’s Dad!), which found its place at many food and music events, as well as weddings, parties and corporate functions. Turns out, people have got a lot of love for gin, local independent businesses and a unique mobile gin bar. So by the middle of 2016 The Little Gin Company duo said farewell to the 9-5 jobs and took on a bulging calendar of events as full-time gin gals! And in 2017 they even launched their very own ‘Trailer Made Gin’.



So where does rum come in? 

The girls with a worrying love of gin, also have a passion for rum. They purchased a second horse trailer in 2016, converted it into a mobile rum bar and The Little Rum Company was born. 


Why we want to launch our own spiced rum...

It's simple really. We love spiced rum! 

As we all know, the gin industry has exploded over the last few years, whereas the world of rum still feels relatively under-exploited.

Once an unglamorous staple of your (grandma's) drinks cabinet, gin has re-created itself as Britain's favourite tipple.  With beautiful branding, an overwhelming choice of flavours and serves, the gin drinking experience is now at the height of fashion. 

Emma & Nicola believe the rum industry can take inspiration from the success of gin. The boozy duo want to help give the glorious spirit of rum, steeped in history, full of flavour, the perfect cocktail companion... its time in the spotlight. 

Queen Cleo Spiced Rum will be at the forefront of the artisan, spiced rum revolution and we want you to be part of it. 

Queen Cleo Spiced Rum begins its journey as a smooth, dark rum, run in from the Caribbean, before being fearlessly spiced in the UK, using a bold mix of botanicals!

A rum created for the insatiable thirst of any bad ass liquor lover. 

BEAUTIFULLY branded and bottled.

The Plan

Our Queen Cleo Spiced Rum is teetering on the edge of reality. We have refined the taste and created the brand, we now need your support to launch it onto the market. 

Your pledge will go towards final production of the rum including: Spicing, bottling, labelling and distributing our new spiced rum spirit 

We know we’ve created a fantastically unique spiced rum that we will continue to enjoy and serve on our bar,  but if you want to see Queen Cleo Spiced Rum available to buy, then please think about pledging through Crowdfunder.

Be part of the rum revolution.

The Rewards

  • A BIG thank you for your support with regular updates - £5.00
  • 70cl bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum from batch #1 (limited number available) - £50.00
  • 70cl bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum from an early batch (pre-retail sales) - £40.00
  • 20cl bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum from an early batch (pre-retail sales) - £17.00


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Thank you for your support

A thank you for believing in us and helping us reach our funding goal. You’ll receive regular updates on our progress.

£17 or more

20cl Bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum

You will be one of the first to receive a 20cl Bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum - before it is launched to market.

£40 or more

7 of 45 claimed

70cl Bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum

You will be one of the first to receive a 70cl bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum - before it is launched to market

£50 or more

15 of 80 claimed

**LIMITED EDITION** 70cl Bottle from Batch #1

**LIMITED EDITION** You will receive a 70cl bottle of Queen Cleo Spiced Rum from Batch #1

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