The Painkiller, on paper, looked appalling to me. All that sticky sweet coconut and pineapple finished with dark rum, one of the more sugary spirits, sounded like nothing I could enjoy. But, being that it was the unofficial drink of the British Virgin Islands, I had to give it a try.
We just returned from a visit to the ice-and-snow-snug Midwest, where our friends treated us to a few days of survival in style. Still, the arrival home was even more of a shock to the senses. G very nearly captured this moment with a new cocktail recipe, and we call it Rum Ruby.
Spiced apple cider is the secret ingredient of the week. G slid a butternut squash in the oven to roast for soup and then began experimenting with different spirits, triple sec, and apple cider. I don’t usually care for bourbon, but truly, I had to overlook that. This cocktail tastes like cobbler in a glass.
Friends with a pool are always appreciated. Friends with a newly surfaced pool who live in the warmer eastern portion of San Diego simply spoil us. Baskets of chips and trail mix, a lazy golden afternoon sun, and a round of poolside “punch” for everyone made this one very happy September evening.
We Heart Tiki Time G and I used to live near the Bali Hai, and on special occasions, we'd walk over, push up to the moon-shaped bar just before sunset, and order a couple Bali Hai Mai Tais. The rum seemed to pour endlessly from bottles held above the bartender's head. The first sip of ...