Pirates of the courthouse

THERE is an invitation to get in touch with your inner Long John Silver or Captain Jack Sparrow at an evening celebrating the heritage of rum, at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester on 13th March from 7pm.

Master mixologists Lloyd Brown and David Smith from Dark Bear Co will be mix up some piratical cocktails and explain all about rum’s history and links to Dorset’s smuggling and piratical past.

Setting sail via the Caribbean, David will talk about the origins of rum and the triangular trade, as well as the beverage’s naval connections. Following a drink on arrival, those wishing to shiver their timbers at the event will also get two cocktails and two rum samples as well as a selection of nibbles.

Lloyd said: “We are thrilled to be coming back to Shire Hall, this time talking rum. There are so many links with smuggling and Dorchester’s historic courthouse museum!

“Cocktail-wise we will be serving a Ti Punch, simple and beautiful but something a lot of people haven’t tried or think to order. The name means ‘small punch.’ It was originally popular in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana.

“This will be followed by a Dark and Stormy, which links in with the Bermuda history and the town of St George’s being twinned with Lyme Regis. Lastly, we will be making something a bit more modern, with a Cafe Cubana, a rum based riff on the espresso Martini which is the perfect way to cap off the night!”

For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.