The Painkiller

The Painkiller

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in Rum | No Comments

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.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

The Hemingway Daiquiri

Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Rum | No Comments

A couple of sailing trips around the British Virgins Islands gave me a new appreciation for rum — previously not my favorite spirit. Now, rum drinks taste like salt air, lazy sunshine and a gently rocking sloop.

El Presidente

El Presidente

Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Rum | One Comment

One bonus of being the boss is to travel any time and take work with you. At 7pm — still daylight outside up north — the office door creaked open. “El Presidente cocktail for La Presidente!” I was seriously surprised by this sophisticated, balanced rum drink.

Rum Ruby

Rum Ruby

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Rum | 2 Comments

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.

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

Kentucky Cobbler Cocktail

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.

Lemon Rickey

Posted by on Sep 17, 2009 in Gin, Rum, Vodka | No Comments

When we pulled ourselves from the ocean, wobbly kneed and thankful, a passing surfer asked us if we saw the 6-foot thresher sharks. Sharks? Oh boy. Sometimes, after work or play, all you need is a simple distraction. We chose a Lemon Rickey.

South Side Fizz

Posted by on Sep 10, 2009 in Gin, Rum | 2 Comments

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.

Rum ‘n’ No-Coke

Rum ‘n’ No-Coke

Posted by on Sep 3, 2009 in Rum | 2 Comments

The last time I had a special rum and Coke … back in the Caribbean. It was Diet Coke with Pineapple Cruzan rum, a light-on-the-alcohol treat perfect for extremely hot weather. But that’s not exactly what Ted had in mind.

Mai Tai

Posted by on Aug 13, 2009 in Rum | No Comments

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 ...

Caipirinha

Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Rum | One Comment

Our friends won several bottles of rum and a bottle of cachaça at a local school fundraiser. Try making Caipirinhas, a Brazilian mixed drink, at home, with this cachaca recipe. You’ll need small limes, sugar …