Essence of Manchester captured in cocktail form

Leading mixologist Charlie McCarthy has teamed up with World Duty Free & Biza Tax and Duty Free to create the Thoroughly Modern Manchester Mojito, inspired by the essence and spirit of the city as one of the most cultural and vibrant places in the UK – the ideal place to raise a cocktail!

Unique, cool and vibrant, this cocktail is a twist on a classic – like contemporary Manchester. The addition of a hint of pear picks out the light tropical fruit and vanilla notes in this white rum, to produce a delicious take on the iconic Cuban cocktail. 

Thoroughly Modern Manchester Mojito

You will also need:
  • 40ml Bacardi Superior rum
  • 20ml Xanthe Pear Liqueur
  • 10ml Lime juice
  • 8 mint leaves & sprig
  • Pear
  • Crushed ice
  • Spoon
  • Straw


  • Highball




Bruise mint leaves, rub them on the rim of your glass and drop them in. Add crushed ice plus all other ingredients and churn with spoon. Top with crushed ice, straw & garnish with pear fan and mint sprigs. Enjoy.


This cocktail was commissioned to celebrate World Duty Free & Biza Tax and Duty Free’s Summer Drinks Festival, offering 50% off all Summer spirits.  Everyone flying from Manchester airport will get the 50% off spirits in the Festival to be able to recreate this cocktail.


Charlie has also created cocktails inspired by the leading acts performing at music festivals across the UK - a range of ‘Headliner Cocktails’:


  • Fire & Ice (Belveder vodka based, inspired by Beyoncé)
  • Fruit & Tie (Bombay Sapphire based, inspired by Justin Timberlake)
  • 99 Truffles (Stolichnaya Gold based, inspired by Jay Z)
  • Hackney Hurricane (Martin Miller’s Gin based, inspired by Paloma Faith)
  • Disco Inventor (Hendrick’s Gin based, inspired by Calvin Harris)
  • Passion de Replay (Barcardi based, inspired by Rihanna)
  • My Version of Indulgence (Beluga Vodka based, inspired by Emeli Sande)
  • Sip it and See (Chase English Vodka based, inspired by Arctic Monkeys)