Cocktails from around the world with Dee Caffari MBE

Drinks with Dee

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Lost Years Rum, an award-winning spirit brand with a purpose. What is its purpose? To create a range of outstanding rums, devoted to saving endangered sea turtles. Why? Each year thousands of newly hatched sea turtles scramble across tropical beaches and disappear beneath the ocean.

The turtles are ‘lost for years’ before being seen again, why that is, is unknown. But we do know that without assistance now, these wonderful creatures are in danger of extinction.

The idea for Lost Years was born after a family holiday in the Caribbean in 2019. British couple Lee and Trudy Smith came up with the concept for a sea turtle-saving rum. They were inspired by their son's love of sea turtles and wanted to knock on the idea of 'great rum doing good' after visiting one of the famous rum distilleries on the island and watching nesting sea turtles on a nearby beach.

Lost Years works with closely its charity partner, SEE Turtles, a company that helps fund community-based conservation at key nesting sites across the Caribbean and Latin America. In the brand’s first year alone, it raised enough money to save more than 31,000 sea turtles!

To celebrate the new partnership, we invited sailing legend and Sunsail ambassador, Dee Caffari MBE, to meet with Lee, to talk sailing, sustainability, sea turtles, and of course, to taste some mouth-watering travel-inspired cocktails that you can make at home!

Dee is well known for some truly outstanding sailing achievements. From becoming the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against prevailing winds and currents, to being the first woman to have sailed single-handed and non-stop around the world in both directions.

Dee is also a hugely passionate sustainability campaigner. She led ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’, the first mixed gender youth team to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18, a campaign that raised awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans and inspired people to act in their day to day lives. She is also an adviser to A Plastic Planet, a charity fighting to reduce the use of plastic worldwide.

Each cocktail gives a nod to a popular sailing destination, with Dee and Lee kicking things off with a Pain Reliever, a twist on the classic from the British Virgin Islands. This version combines Lost Years Four Island rum with orange and pineapple juice, cream of coconut and the obligatory dusting of nutmeg, to instantly whisk you away to the tropics.  Serve with a straw, but please no plastic!

What you’ll need:

  • 30ml Lost Years Four Island Rum
  • 15ml Orange juice
  • 60ml Pineapple juice
  • 15ml Cream of Coconut
  • Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Pineapple wedge to garnish

How to do it:

  • Leaving the nutmeg to one side, shake all the ingredients together, then pour over ice into a high ball glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve. 

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Then, it’s time to get into the party spirit. Greek islands meet the Caribbean in this tasty ouzo and Lost Years rum-fuelled Frozen Daiquiri.  A delight whatever the weather, it’ll transport you straight to the heart of the Aegean Sea.

What you’ll need:

  • 45ml Ouzo 
  • 15ml Lost Years Silver Moon or Navy Strength Rum
  • 20ml lemon juice 
  • 20ml lemon syrup 
  • 20ml orange juice 
  • One lemon

How to do it:

  • Fill a bullet style blender with ice 
  • Add remaining liquid ingredients 
  • Blend until smooth 
  • Pour into a glass 
  • Garnish with lemon slice 

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Now, who said rum punch couldn't be sophisticated?! Next on the menu, a Lost Years riff on the classic Rum Punch that plays to the drink's Caribbean roots, with its strongest unaged rum, the Master award-winning Navy Strength - at its heart. This 54.5% ABV rum comes from the spiritual home of the rum punch, delivering a classic that punches well above its weight.

What you’ll need:

How to do it:

  • Shake all the ingredients together, including the nutmeg, with crushed ice - then simply pour into your glass.  Garnish with a mint sprig.

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And finally, we’re travelling to Southeast Asia with a My Thai. Inspired by the ever popular Mai Thai cocktail, the My Thai combines Grand Marnier with Lost Years Four Island Rum, lime juice, pineapple juice and, unusually, Thai coconut milk and a Thai chilli pepper… spicy!

What you’ll need

  • 1 Thai chilli pepper
  • 25ml Grand Marnier
  • 50ml Lost Years Four Island
  • 25ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 25ml pineapple juice
  • 25ml Thai coconut milk
  • Garnish: pineapple frond
  • Garnish: Thai chile pepper

How to do it:

  • In a cocktail shaker, lightly muddle the Thai chilli pepper and Grand Marnier.
  • Add the rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, coconut milk and ice, and shake until well-chilled.
  • Double-strain into a Tiki mug or Hurricane glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a pineapple frond and the Thai chilli pepper.

My Thai

If this has given you inspiration to get on board and make the most out of your precious holiday time, then take the helm and build quote for a sailing adventure that is right for you!

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