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Wall Street Plaza Presents: Rum Fest 7

For those in the Central Florida area, tomorrow is the 7th annual celebration of RumFest in downtown Orlando. What is RumFest? Only an amazing block party 3 hours long complete with live music, unlimited samples of some of the finest rums you can find and plenty of friendly people to interact with. With more rum than ever before, you can expect punches, daiquiris, concoctions, libations and more! Rums from around the world will be showcased, including: Don Q SilverAppleton Estates Jamaican RumBacardi SuperiorBacardi OakHeartMount Gay Eclipse,Ron AbueloJack Flavored RumsSailor JerryBrugalMargaritaville Spiced10 CaneMalibu, and Kraken Black Spiced Rum, just to name a few!

Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. For $10 extra you can gain access to the exclusive Red Stripe Terrace where you’ll have access to unlimited bottle of Red Stripe lager, an exclusive special rum punch and an assortment of snacks and munchies all while overlooking the crowd down below at rumfest.

For more information, or to purchase your tickets, check out WallStPlaza.net

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Events, Rum

 

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Rum Renaissance Sets Sail

…..Fans of Miami’s week long celebration of rum known as the Rum Renaissance Festival have an all new adventure to plan for this year. In collaboration with Celebrity Cruises, the hosts of Rum Renaissance have put together a week long rum-themed adventure aboard the luxurious Celebrity Summit taking place Nov. 12-19 this year.

“Join noted rum expert Robert Burr, author of the Gifted Rums Guide and host of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival for a unique week-long rum-themed cruise through the Eastern Caribbean islands. Discover the birthplaces of great rums while savoring the best rums of the region with rum seminars, tasting events and VIP excursions to rum distilleries and visitor centers. Rum cruisers will meet members of the International Rum Expert Panel and rum ambassadors from leading rum brands while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow rum enthusiasts from many countries.”

The adventure sets sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico and takes you through Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas before arriving back in San Juan. What can you expect? Not your typical cruise that’s for sure. Guests of the Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise will enjoy practically unlimited tastings of rum, through various scheduled distillery tours and VIP tastings. Along the way you can also expect to catch some great deals and bargains on specialty rums as well as have the opportunity to try/buy some rums unavailable to us here in the states. My advice? TAKE ADVANTAGE. To inquire about pricing and secure yourself a spot on this guaranteed-fun ship, visit www.rumcruise.com .

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Events, Rum

 

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Celebrating National Bermuda Day

Memorial day is less than a week away and for those of you who just can’t wait to throw on a bathing suit, catch some sun and enjoy an alcoholic beverage, I’ve got some good news for you. Today is National Bermuda day. For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, it originated as a British holiday in 1902 celebrating the birthday of Queen Empress Victoria. It was recognized as Empire day, then changed to Commonwealth day, and eventually became known in Bermuda as Bermuda day during a period of civil unrest as a way to bring Bermudians of difference races together in harmony. Much like any holiday, the day includes loads of activities including the Bermuda Heritage Day Parade, a Marathon Derby, Cycling races, marching bands, dancers and of course RUM. What would an island holiday be without rum. If you can’t make it to Bermuda for the festivities and don’t have any celebrations near you don’t worry, you can start your OWN part by enjoying the National Drink of Bermuda; The Dark N Stormy. The Dark n Stormy has a special place in my heart and as far as I’m concerned National Bermuda day happens often in my house. So pour yourself a glass, sit back, and enjoy.

Dark N Stormy

1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

In a tall glass filled with ice add 1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and top with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge (optional).

Don’t forget, while there are many great dark rums on the market, if it isn’t Goslings, it isn’t OFFICIALLY a Dark N Stormy. And you thought the only thing cool about Bermuda was that triangle. For more information and great recipes check out GoslingsRum.com. Class Dismissed!

 

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Cruzan Rum adds Strawberry to their Portfolio

Deerfield, Ill. – May 3, 2011 – Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. [Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO)], the leading American spirits company, and Cruzan® Rum, the legendary rum of St. Croix, today announced the official launch of their newest flavored rum, Cruzan Strawberry. Crafted with fine Cruzan rum, all-natural flavors, and cane sugar, it combines the taste of ripe strawberries with a touch of ginger, putting a new spin on the strawberry flavor.

“Strawberry is a natural addition to the Cruzan portfolio, mainly because our fans have endorsed it as the next flavor of choice,” said Kim Washington, Senior Director of Rums and Vodkas at Beam Global. “It’s the number one flavor ordered by consumers in rum drinks, and since May is National Strawberry Month, the timing of this addition is perfect.”

The unique pairing of strawberry and ginger is the type of innovation people have grown to expect from Cruzan, which pioneered the flavored rum category. The Cruzan Strawberry recipe is handcrafted by the Nelthropp family, who has been making rum on the island of St. Croix for generations.

Tasting Notes and Aroma

  • Taste – Ripe, wild strawberry coupled with subtle ginger root
  • Aroma – Fresh and juicy strawberry
  • Finish – Smooth with a light spiced ginger finish

 

How to Enjoy Cruzan Strawberry

  • Cruzan Strawberry enhances classic rum cocktails such as the Mojito, Skinny Mojito, Daiquiri, Cuba Libre, and Rum Runner

Strawberry is the 11th flavor in Cruzan’s portfolio of flavored spirits. Like all Cruzan rum, quality is a main differentiator. Cruzan contains all-natural flavors, and the five-column distillation process removes unwanted impurities; the result is a cleaner spirit with some of the lowest levels of fusel oils. Cruzan is named for the people of St. Croix and is distilled at an historic estate that started producing sugar and molasses in 1760.

“This is an exciting new addition to the Cruzan family; one that truly embodies the relaxed vibe of the islands,” said Gary Nelthropp, Cruzan Rum’s Master Distiller. “We developed the Strawberry recipe with classic cocktails in mind—the ginger gives this spirit a subtle, spicy finish, so it breathes some new life into favorite summer drinks.”

Cruzan Strawberry Recipes

CRUZAN® STRAWBERRY GINGER DAIQUIRI

2 parts Cruzan® Strawberry Rum

1.5 parts fresh lime juice

1.5 parts simple syrup

Fill mixing glass with ¾ ice. Add all ingredients and shake for 5 sec. Pour into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

CRUZAN® MOJITO WITH A TWIST
2 parts Cruzan® Strawberry Rum
2 tsp. sugar
3-4 mint leaves

Juice of half a lime

Club soda

Muddle sugar, mint, lime juice, and a splash of club soda together in a tall glass. Add rum and garnish with a strawberry.

 

Pricing and Availability

Cruzan Strawberry is currently available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $15.99.

In addition to Cruzan Strawberry, the Cruzan portfolio also consists of 10 other flavored rums, as well as Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum, Cruzan® Aged Light Rum, Cruzan® Aged Dark Rum, Cruzan® Single Barrel Estate Rum, and Cruzan® Black Strap Rum. For more information about Cruzan Rum, and for additional cocktail recipes created with the full line of rums, visit www.facebook.com/CruzanRum or www.cruzanrum.com.

Press Release Courtesy of BeamGlobal.com

 
 

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Sugar Bowl Cocktails: Arkansas vs Ohio State

Tonight the Arkansas Razorbacks collide with the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Two great teams, two great college programs, and two great sets of fans that know how to drink. That being said, tailgating is a must for this game even if you aren’t a fan of one of these two. Try these signature cocktails tonight.

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The Buckeye Blitz

1 1/2 oz Red Stagg Cherry Bourbon
1 oz Grenadine
3 oz Lemonade (or to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain. Garnish with a cherry.

The Razorback Cocktail

1/2 oz Absolut Vodka
1/2 oz Cruzan Rum
1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Disaronno Amaretto Liqueur

Pour all together in a mixing tin with ice, Shake to a froth, and strain off the ice into the glass. The ice is just to get it cold and the shaking is to make it froth. Serve in an Old fashioned glass.

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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Tailgating

 

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Eggnog Around The World: Cultural Eggnog Recipes

…..Only four calendar days left until the big day. Have you finished your Christmas Shopping? After dealing with the madness that is holiday shopping, there is no better way to wind down than enjoying a tasty glass of Eggnog.  Depending on where you’re from, eggnog can either be a myth or a tradition in your household. For myself, growing up in the Midwest there is no other way to celebrate the coming and going of Christmas than sitting around watching holiday specials, spending time with family with a large (emphasis on large) cup of delicious eggnog. For those of you unfamiliar, eggnog is a sweetened dairy based drink largely associated with the winter months and holidays. Commercial eggnog has become widely popular these days and is usually found at your neighborhood grocery. Nog as “most” of us know it to taste is the common recipe used in the U.S. and Canada, but if you ever spending the holidays out of the country and ask for some, you might notice it doesn’t taste the same. Don’t worry, people from different countries don’t look the same, sound the same, so of course they don’t make eggnog the same way. Lucky for you they are all delicious and I’ve searched high and low to find them all and share with you today. Try them all and see which you prefer.

Old Fashioned Egg Nog

6 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup brandy
1/3 cup dark rum

Preparation:
Chill everything before starting, for best results. Beat eggs until frothy, then beat in sugar, vanilla and nutmeg. Slowly stir in brandy, rum, cream and milk. Chill again, and serve eggnog cold.

Eierlikör (German Eggnog)
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup brandy

Preparation:
Heat milk, cream sugar and vanilla bean to about 160°F (use a food or meat thermometer to measure temperature). Beat egg yolks together. Temper egg yolks by adding a few spoonfuls of the hot milk and stirring quickly. Add the egg yolks to the milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. You may want to use an immersion blender for this step. Stir over low heat, keeping the temperature at about 160°F, or 70°C, for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add both alcohols and stir until well mixed. Pour through a sieve into a large measuring cup or through a funnel into a clean bottle. Discard vanilla bean and any solids. Refrigerate overnight before drinking out of small cups or egg cups.

Rompope( Mexican Eggnog)
4 cups whole milk
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 3″ cinnamon stick
12 egg yolks
2 cups white rum
1/4 cup ground almonds (optional)

Preparation:
In a large saucepan, combine the milk, sugar, cinnamon and almonds (if using). Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Remove cinnamon stick and strain mixture if desired. Beat egg yolks until pale yellow and doubled in volume. Whisk the cooled milk mixture and return the resulting custard to the saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard coats the back of a spoon. Cool completely, then add rum and refrigerate. Allow rompope to age at least 24 hours before serving.

Crème de Vie(Cuban Eggnog)
1 cup water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rum

Preparation:
Combine water and sugar and boil to make simple syrup. Cool.
Add evaporated and condensed milk and vanilla extract to yolks. Mix well. Add syrup and rum, stirring all the while. Strain mixture through all through cheesecloth.

Advocaat ( Dutch Eggnog)
10 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
275 gram sugar
4 deciliters Cognac
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation:
Beat egg yolks with salt and sugar, until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add cognac. Then put the mixture into a double saucepan. Heat on low. Keep stirring gently until the Advocaat is warm (not hot) and thick. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Advocaat is supposed to be eaten with a spoon. It can also be topped with whipped cream.

Coquito (Peurto Rican Eggnog)
2 cups Water
8 3 inch cinnamon sticks
6 Large egg yolks
3 12 oz Cans of evaporated milk
2 Cans Coconut milk
3 14oz Cans sweetened
3 cups White rum

Preparation:
In a 2 quart saucepan, heat water and cinnamon sticks to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until liquid is reduced to one cup. Remove cinnamon sticks and set liquid aside to cool to room temperature. In a 3 quart saucepan with a wire whisk, beat egg yolks and evaporated milk until well-mixed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats a spoon – about 10 minutes (DO NOT BOIL). Set aside to cool slightly. When cinnamon flavored liquid has cooled, stir in coconut milk, until well mixed. In serving bowl, combine coconut mixture, yolk mixture, sweetened condensed milk and rum. Chill well and serve

None of these tickle your fancy? Don’t worry, you can add, subtract and interchange as much as you would like to fit your tastes. Some popular recipes don’t even include eggs (Google it). Have a recipes you would like to share? Feel free to contact me and let me know. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa !

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Setting Sail Cocktails: Blackbeard Spiced Rum Review

I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of spiced rum. They tend to offer stronger notes of vanilla than my palate prefers. The irony of that statement however is in the past two months I’ve probably tasted more spiced rum than any other category of spirits (Seven Tiki, Black Heart, Captain Morgan Private Stock, Kraken, Sailor Jerry’s). But after having tasted such a large selection, and weeding out the good from the bad from the terrible I can honestly say I am beginning to acquire a taste for the “good” ones. Insert Black Beard Spiced rum, a recently released in the United States rum brought to us by Destilería Serrallés. For those unfamiliar with them (shame on you !), they are the makers of Peurto Rico’s number one selling rum, Don Q.  Now you’re listening right? Given Don Q’s credibility how can you NOT want to try Black Beard. Oh and don’t worry, Black Beard comes equipped with all the necessary stereotypes that come pretty standard in todays spiced rum marketing strategery (yes I said strategery !). Named after a famous pirate? Check. Interesting back story? Check.  Impressive nautical themed artwork on the bottle? Check. Here’s a bit of information on Black Beard to catch you up to speed:

Named after the legendary King of Pirates – BlackBeard – the tantalizing recipe for the 86 proof premium aged spiced rum combines the finest Caribbean spices, including vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon with a secret blend of exotic tropical fruits to create a uniquely bold yet balanced flavor. The infamous BlackBeard carries a legacy of darkness and elusiveness that was romanticized well beyond his death. Renowned for his thick, black beard and fearsome appearance this iconic character will drive the personality and brand imagery of the new product.

Tasting Notes: Deep rich vanilla and caramel aromas hit you immediately upon opening the bottle. Get yourself prepared to walk the plank for the first sip. It’s very aggressive and offers an amazing burn. But after that it’s smooth sailing as the taste begin to mellow in your mouth. The spices blend together great with its initial base of peurto rican rum that the Destilería Serrallés have perfected for you. Like any product I initially sipped this but couldn’t wait to try it in a few different cocktails. It’s aggressive approach makes for an excellent base to many different types of cocktails; Perfect for tiki drinks, great for seasonal holiday cocktails as well. Blackbeard is reasonably priced at right around $15 so go ahead and give it a try. Below are a few cocktail suggestions that I would recommend that I often like to make with spiced rums. For more recipe ideas you can visit www.blackbeardrum.com which is currently under construction but should be up and running soon.

Spicy Morning:

1 oz Blackbeard Spiced Rum
2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a glass and stir.

Blackbeard’s Grog Nog:

1 1/2 oz Blackbeard Spiced Rum
3 1/2 oz Eggnog
Pinch of Nutmeg

Black & Stormy:
2 oz. BlackBeard Spiced Rum
3/4 oz. lime juice
1⁄2 oz. ginger juice
1⁄2 oz. simple syrup*
Ginger beer

In a cocktail shaker, combine the first 4 ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into anice filled highball glass and fill to top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.

BLACKBEARD Spiced Rum sample for review was provided courtesy of representatives of Destilería Serrallés.

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Posted by on December 3, 2010 in Reviews, Rum, Spirits

 

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