Turning to rum’s dark side

Scottish distiller celebrates Star Wars with new cocktail list

SLTN Craft Spirit Enthusiast winner Andy Stewart provided a Star Wars concoction

SCOTTISH distiller Dark Matter is taking drinkers to a galaxy far, far away with a new range of cocktails to celebrate the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Thursday (December 15).

Three mixologists were recruited to create the interstellar serves using Dark Matter Spiced Rum.

The four Star Wars themed serves are, Obi-Rum, created by SLTN Craft Spirits Enthusiast award winner Andy Stewart and head bartender at Aberdeen cocktail bar The Tippling House; Wookie Fuzzball by Kieran Stephens of The Station Hotel in Rothes, Speyside; and Kessel Rum and Dark Vader by Georgi Radev of Mahiki Cocktail Bar and Club in London.

A spokesman for Dark Matter said that whatever the flavour preference, “these drinks serve as the perfect preparation for Star Wars fans across galaxies far, far away and closer to home”.

“Whether you choose to follow the recipes, or pop into the bars to ask the experts to whip one up for you, these are the drinks you’re looking for,” he said.

Drinking on the Dark Side


Andy Stewart of The Tippling House, Aberdeen 

35ml Dark Matter Spiced Rum
15ml overproof rum
20ml vanilla and cinnamon syrup
15ml orange juice
1 egg

Shake all ingredients and double-strain into the glass. Garnish with smouldering cinnamon stick.

Wookie Fuzzball 

Kieran Stephens of The Station Hotel, Rothes, Speyside 

37.5ml Dark Matter Spiced Rum
12.5ml hazelnut liqueur
12.5ml caramel syrup
50ml fresh coffee from bean
12.5ml Cacao white liqueur
Chocolate syrup

Add all ingredients except chocolate syrup into a shaker; shake well and strain into chilled glass that has chocolate syrup spiral drizzle inside. Garnish with chocolate vermicelli and marzipan “wookie belt”.

Kessel Rum

Georgi Radev of Mahiki Cocktail Bar and Club, Mayfair, London 

50ml Dark Matter Spiced Rum
20ml Re’al pumpkin spice
30ml apple juice
30ml coconut water
10ml lime juice

Shake ingredients. Serve with an apple fan on lime wedge and cherry.

Dark Vader

Georgi Radev of Mahiki Cocktail Bar and Club, Mayfair, London 

50ml Dark Matter Spiced Rum
20ml Re’al ginger
15ml elderflower
25ml lemon juice
1 egg white
20ml soda

Shake ingredients and serve over ice cubes. Garnish with lemon flower and Angostura Vader face stencilled on top.