Captain Cocktail

15th May 2023

Glass of Bubbly Captain Cocktail John Paul Jones Rum

Muster your crew, board your ship, hoist the sails and set sail for adventure. While sailing the seven seas, discovering new lands, ancient civilisations and searching for gold, craft yourself the very fitting Captain Cocktail, an original by Glass of Bubbly, using Slovenian Sparkling Wine, Dark Rum and a shortbread biscuit.

The Sparkling Wine – Martinčič

The Martinčič family vineyard’s wine and cane growing farm is located in Šmalčja Vas near Šentjernej in the beautiful wine country of Slovenia.

Going back more than one hundred years, their ancestors planted the first vineyard and realized that the Dolenjska soil and sky gives the vine a special home, allowing the winemaker to create their Wines and Sparkling Wines.

Their farm is open to the public, for visits and tastings, you can tour their cellar where their award-winning wines and Sparkling Wines mature, they can welcome up to 50 people at a time.

The name for their Quattro Momenti Sparkling Wine was gifted to the Sparkling Wine by their four girls, containing all the poetry of their vineyards.

Martinčič – Quattro Momenti – Extra Brut – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Calming aroma of almond, apricots, green apples and white floral on the aroma, it warmly wraps itself around you and divinely welcomes you in.”

Flavour – “Crisp dry green fruity characters, with herbal notes and a white floral touch, this Sparkling Wine would pair very nicely with cheese and various slices of meat.”

Silver Medal in the Meditation Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022

The Rum – John Paul Jones

“Sign on, young man, and sail with me. The stature of our homeland is no more than the measure of ourselves. Our job is to keep her free. Our will is to keep the torch of freedom burning for all. To this solemn purpose we call on the young, the brave, the strong, and the free. Heed my call, Come to the sea. Come sail with me.” – John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones Rum is heading in a new direction with its flavoured rums, with the team, Co-founder and Managing Director Ollie Blackett, Co-Founder, Master of Flavours and Head of Product, Finnian Gill and Head of Business Development Jack Cuddigan.

Captain John Paul Jones was one of the greatest Naval Masters and Commanders of all time, and serves as the inspiration behind the brand, which was founded on the very Estate that the man himself was born.

Born July 6th 1747 on the Arbigland Estate in the southwest of Scotland, John Paul Jones began his sailing career at 13, taking his first voyage to Barbados and Fredericksburg, Virginia and at the age of 17 he returned home to Scotland, being thrust into the role of Captain after fever ran rife aboard the homeward vessel.

JPJ would move to North America in 1775, offering his services to the newly founded Continental Navy, he worked his way up through the ranks and took up his first commanding role on the USS Ranger to France, where he became friends with Benjamin Franklin.

Soon after he would begin his comprehensive assault on the British, obtaining a notorious reputation sinking multiple ships and winning numerous battles, nearing the end of his life he sailed to Russia in 1788, helping to fight the Turkish and the Ottoman Empire, before settling in Paris in May 1790. He died at the age of 45 on the 18th of July 1792, at 8pm. He was buried in an alcohol-filled coffin, that is said to have been rum.

John Paul Jones – Lowland Rum – Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Alive with a smoking gun, ginger, sweet rich caramel along with a delectable salty Sea Breeze character with oak barrel and sweet spice on the aroma.”

Flavour – “Oaky, wood characters, with smoke, salty Sea Breeze, sugarcane, vanilla, honeycomb, salted caramel and an inspiring display of ginger and black pepper on the palate.”

The Cocktail – Captain


  • Sparkling Wine
  • Rum
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Coriander
  • Bay Leaves
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Shortbread

How To Make The Captain Cocktail

  • Pour in 15mls of your Rum
  • Top up with Sparkling Wine
  • Place in 2 Bay Leaves
  • Sprinkle on some Ground Ginger and Coriander
  • Then add a Pinch of Dried Rosemary
  • And a Half Twist of Salt
  • And to Finish, Place a Shortbread on Top of the Glass

Captain Cocktail Tasting Notes

Aroma – “Not surprisingly, the shortbread is hogging the aroma, with faint caramel and herbs in the very far away background, removing the shortbread for a moment, you’ll still discover shortbread, but with much more, smooth and rich caramel, white rose petals, white floral, ginger, herbal coriander, bay leaves and rosemary.”

Flavour – “Smooth, warming, silky, relaxing and thrilling, melted caramel, toffee apples, vanilla extract, wild white floral, rosemary, subtle spicy feeling from the combined ginger and coriander, notes of oak and faint cocoa, but I’m sure there’s more to discover on our journey.”

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.