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Introducing Hattiers' Rum Ambassador - Tom Surgey

We are delighted to announce Tom Surgey as ambassador for Hattiers Rum after working together on various projects for some time.



Drinks presenter, writer and bon vivant Tom has a breadth of experience across the drinks industry and has had great success on TV, Online, Apps and Radio including the BBC Good Food Show, Foodies Festival, Battle of the Bottles, 67 Pall Mall TV, Talk Radio, ITV's Love Your Weekend & This Morning and more, as well as being an official member of the revolving trio Three Wine Men alongside Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin, Olly Smith & Susy Atkins.


Prior to Tom's media work, he grew up in the hospitality trade and enjoyed roles in restaurants including the original The Ivy and was the Business Development Director for pioneering English winery Ridgeview for over six years.


Tom works closely and regularly with many of the most established names in the industry, has a strong peer group and network within the trade and trade media and continues to be close with the successful challenger drinks consultancy Glass Half Full, of which he co-founded in 2020.


Alongside his work, Tom is the co-founder of the not-for-profit and charitable foundation Table Talk Sussex, which puts chefs in primary schools to teach food education. He was also a founding steering committee member for The Drinks Trust’s The Drinks Community, of which Hattiers founder Philip is a mentor himself.



“I am a genuine and authentic long-time fan of Hattiers. These are truly extraordinary rums. Philip and the team have created a highly-conscientious, modern brand that is leading today’s ‘rum revolution’ by every conceivable measure. It’s a total joy to be able to support as an ambassador – I look forward to raising a glass together soon!”

Tom Surgey, Hattiers Ambassador




 

"I am delighted that Tom Surgey has joined us as Hattiers Ambassador. Tom's exceptional palate, overflowing passion and encyclopedic knowledge of fine liquids, alongside his ability to convey this passion all in a way that is charismatic and relatable is truly inspiring. Having worked with some of the world's finest brands and top hospitality establishments, Tom is the ideal fit for a Hattiers Ambassador. He possesses the perfect combination of experience between our sustainable B Corp culture and prestige liquid to champion Hattiers and all that we do."

Philip Everett-Lyons, Founder of Hattiers


 

Tom's first encounter with Hattiers came in January 2022 when he sat down with our founder Philip for 67 Pall Mall TV to explore our trio of rums and delve deeper into the Hattiers story and values. Our shared passion for sustainable, quality liquid was palpable from the start.

You can watch the full episode here.



Tom recently presented a delicious

‘Casa Surgey Strength’ twist on a Champagne Mojito with Eminence Blended Aged White Rum to Alan Titchmarsh, Deborah Meaden and Megan Cusack on ITV's Love Your Weekend.


This absolute knockout of a recipe and its method can be found below.




 

Tom's Hattiers Champagne Mojito Recipe


Ingredients


  • 14 Mint Leaves

  • 60ml Hattiers Eminence Blended Aged Rum

  • 15ml Fresh Lime Juice

  • 10ml Sugar Syrup

  • 30ml Sparkling Wine or Champagne


Method


1. Slap the mint leaves in the palm of your hand and add to the bottom of a highball glass. Fill with crushed ice. Add the sugar syrup and fresh lime juice, followed by the rum.


2. Take a bar spoon with a flat bottom and use the disc to churn the mixture. You're looking for a frosting on the outside of the glass so that you know the mix is super cold.


3. Cap with more ice so that the glass is full and the ice glistens on top.


4. Top with English sparkling wine or Champagne.


5. Take the mint sprig and clap it between your hands to release the oils so that every sip will be accompanied with the aroma from the mint, then place next to a paper or reusable straw in the glass.





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