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Your Ultimate Guide to Dead Man’s Fingers

Your Ultimate Guide to Dead Man’s Fingers

Overview of Dead Man’s Fingers Rum

Dead Man’s Fingers is a premium rum brand from the United Kingdom which was established in 2012 & which has gained immense popularity in the meantime.

The brand was born in the Rum & Crab Shack, a popular bar and restaurant in the picturesque town of St. Ives, Cornwall. The creators, inspired by their love for rum, decided to make their own, infusing it with the flavours and atmosphere of their coastal location. Their original Dead Man’s Fingers Rum, a blend of Caribbean rums, was well received and quickly gained a loyal following. You can order Dead Man’s Fingers Rum online from our shop as we made sure to have in stock their bestsellers.

They are known for their flavoured rums, particularly their spiced rum, which was one of the first they produced. The brand since expanded its range to include other unique flavours. A list of the Dead Man’s Fingers Rum Flavours is below:

  • Dead Man’s Fingers Coffee Rum – Spiced rum infused with roast coffee with hints of vanilla, raisins and a suspicion of chocolate orange. In addition, you’ll find traces of clove and a good wallop of cumin
  • Dead Man’s Fingers White Rum – a bold, vibrant drink with hints of vanilla & tropical fruit. It goes perfectly in a Daiquiri or Mojito
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Cherry Rum – Rich cherry with notes of vanilla and zesty orange. Perfect in a Cherry Bellini
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Raspberry Rum – this is spiced rum with notes of raspberries & a hint of citrus. It makes a perfect Raspberry Daquiri
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Coconut Rum – a lovely coconut flavour with hints of mango, raising, caramel, lime & vanilla
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum – Sometimes known as Dead Man’s Fingers Black Rum, this is a multi award-winning classic. It has a hint of Saffron Cake & a whisper of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & orange
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp Rum – this is a rum that’s infused with hemp, giving it a grassy, herbal flavour
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Pineapple Rum – this rum is given the sweet notes of roasted & candied pineapple & balanced with a hint of brown sugar & nutmeg. It’s very refreshing, particularly with lemonade, lime & mint
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Mango Rum – infused with sweet mangoes, it makes a mean Mango Daquiri
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Lime Rum – a zesty take on rum that can make for an exciting Mojito or Daquiri & is perfect when mixed with Ginger Beer
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Hazelnut Rum – this has aromas of hazelnuts & a hint of chocolate & vanilla. Interestingly, it works perfectly with orange & lemonade
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Passion Fruit Rum – this has passion fruit aromas & hints of mango which makes it great for a Pornstar Martini
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Banana Rum – a wonderful banana-flavoured rum whose taste is followed by hints of caramel & honey. It makes for a cracking Banana Daquiri

The company has since branched out into other drinks & offers a range of Tequilas including:

In addition to the wild and interesting flavours, the drinks come in distinctive, colourful bottles that feature a skull logo. The company has won awards for its spiced rum & has made a huge splash in a very short amount of time.

Why is the rum called Dead Man’s Fingers?

For a company founded in Cornwall, you might have expected that Dead Man’s Fingers relate to piracy. The lyrics of the pirate song from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” spring to mind when the name’s mentioned. As it happens, this is just a coincidence.

The idea was hatched in the Rum & Crab Shack in St Ives & the long finger-like gills inside the crabs that were on the menu were called ‘Dead Man’s Fingers’ (which folklore said would kill people if they ate them). The appeal of that name won out – it has a slightly morbid air that gives the brand an edge.

How do you drink Dead Man’s Fingers rum?

Dead Man’s Fingers Rum is really versatile and can be enjoyed in several ways:

  • Neat – You can drink Dead Man’s Fingers Rum neat, that is, without any mixers or ice. This way, you get to taste the full flavour profile of the rum (& the brand is known for its flavour)
  • On the Rocks – If you prefer, you can also enjoy it on the rocks, that is, poured over ice. This slightly dilutes the rum and can help bring out more subtle flavours & notes that the different rums have
  • In Cocktails – Dead Man’s Fingers Rum can also be used as the base spirit in a variety of cocktails. Given its unique flavours (especially the spiced and the flavoured varieties like coconut or coffee), it can add an interesting twist to classic cocktails like a Rum Sour, Mojito, Daiquiri, or Dark ‘n’ Stormy. For example, a Coconut Rum Mojito using the coconut Dead Man’s Fingers would be a fun twist on the classic.
  • With a Mixer – Finally, you can enjoy it with a simple mixer like cola, ginger beer, or tonic water. This can be a good way to enjoy the rum if you find its flavours too strong on their own

The best way to drink any spirit is the way you enjoy it most. So feel free to experiment to find your favourite way to enjoy Dead Man’s Fingers Rum.

What Cocktails can you make with Dead Man’s Fingers Rums?

Rum is a versatile drink that lends itself to lots of cocktails. The different flavours of the rum work best with different types of cocktail. We include a list of interesting cocktails & the type of rum they would go best with below:

Mojito – Dead Man’s Fingers White Rum

A Mojito is a classic, simple Cuban cocktail:


  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda


  1. Place the mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
  2. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with club soda. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired.
  3. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

Enjoy your homemade mojito!

Remember, the key to a great mojito is in the muddling of the mint and lime. The goal is to lightly crush the mint leaves to release their essential oils, but not to shred them into pieces.

Cuba Libre – Dead Man’s Fingers White Rum

A Cuba Libre is another Classic Cuban cocktail.


  • 2 ounces (60 ml) light or dark rum
  • Half a lime
  • Cola, to top up (Coca-Cola is traditionally used)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge, for garnish


  1. Fill a highball glass or tumbler with ice cubes
  2. Squeeze the juice from the half lime over the ice
  3. Add the rum
  4. Top up the glass with cola
  5. Stir gently to mix the ingredients
  6. Garnish with a lime wedge

The key to a true Cuba Libre, as opposed to a simple rum and coke, is the addition of fresh lime juice. This citrus touch makes all the difference in terms of flavour. The combination of rum, cola, and lime makes for a refreshing and tangy cocktail that’s perfect for a hot day.

Daquiri – Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum

The Daquiri is another simple, classic Rum cocktail.


  • 2 ounces (60 ml) spiced rum, like the Dead Mans Fingers Spiced Rum
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce (22 ml) simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel, for garnish


  1. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow to cool before using. You can store any excess in the fridge for future use
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the rum, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice, then cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel

Enjoy your classic Daiquiri.

The key to a great Daiquiri is the balance of the ingredients. Adjust the amount of simple syrup or lime juice to suit your taste. Some people like it a bit sweeter, others a bit more tart.

Mango Daquiri – Dead Man’s Fingers Mango Rum

For this, you’d follow the Daquiri recipe above but use mango rum, such as Dead Man’s Fingers Mango Rum instead of the normal spiced rum.

Decadence – Dead Man’s Fingers Raspberry Rum Liqueur



  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker over ice. Shake well
  2. Drizzle raspberry syrup in and around a Sundae glass & pour in
  3. Garnish with whipped cream and hundreds & thousands

Martini – Dead Man’s Fingers Passion Fruit Rum


  • 50ml Dead Man’s Fingers Passion Fruit Rum
  • 20ml Passoa Passion fruit Liqueur
  • 20ml Vanilla Syrup
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 50ml Sparkling Wine on the side


  1. Shake all ingredients (bar the wine) in a cocktail shaker with plenty of cubed ice and then strain into a frozen glass
  2. Place half a passion fruit on top to garnish & serve with a shot of sparkling wine on the side

What foods does Dead Man’s Fingers rum go with?

Rum is a very versatile spirit that can pair well with a wide variety of foods, and Dead Man’s Fingers is no exception. The best pairing will depend on the flavour. Here are some ideas for you to experiment with:

  • Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum – With notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and other spices, it pairs well with barbecue dishes, jerk chicken, or other spicy, smoky flavours. Desserts with similar spice profiles, like apple pie or pumpkin pie are a good match.
  • Dead Man’s Finger Coconut Rum – The sweet, tropical flavour of coconut rum pairs well with dishes like coconut shrimp, grilled fish & tropical fruit salads. For dessert, consider something like a coconut cream pie or a tropical fruit sorbet.
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Pineapple Rum – Another tropical flavour, pineapple rum can be paired with ham, grilled chicken & seafood. It could also be a great match for desserts with pineapple, like pineapple upside-down cake.
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp Rum – This unique rum has a more herbal, earthy flavour. Try it with vegetarian dishes, especially those with green vegetables or earthy ingredients like mushrooms.

What if you want to gift a Dead Man’s Fingers Gift Set to someone?

Do you wonder what are Dead Man’s Fingers Gifts Sets – spirits gift sets are a nice idea if you know someone that likes their rum & wants something a bit different.

The Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum Gift Set includes a skull tumbler & a bottle of rum (yo ho ho!). It’s something a bit different. The skull tumbler makes a nice conversation piece & rarely hides away in the sideboard when guests are around. Like all products by the company, the Dead Man’s Fingers gift set is well designed & makes for an excellent gift for a person or to bring to a party.

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How about if you’re a vegan?

The following rums from the range are suitable for vegans:

  • Dead Man’s Fingers Coffee Rum
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Coconut Rum
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Spiced Rum
  • Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp Rum

Time to wrap it up
No matter what your taste preferences are, Dead Man’s Fingers have a rum for you. From the classic Daiquiri to decadent desserts and even vegan-friendly options, there is something special that these rums can bring out in any dish or cocktail. Whether you’re looking for a gift set to surprise someone special, to explore on your own or simply want to add some unique flavour into your cocktails, Dead Man’s Fingers will fit right in with whatever occasion you may be celebrating. So why not give them a try? Check out our range of rums now and see which one of their delicious flavours best suits your tastes!

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