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Entries in Rum (15)

Wednesday
Aug152012

Rum Review: Sammy's Beach Bar Rum

Aloha,

Wow how time files.  I'm really sorry, that I haven't posted anything in quite awhile! I miss posting recipes, and talking with all of my Tiki friends on Facebook and Twitter.  My day job has been really busy this summer, and I haven't had much free time.  I am a software developer by day, and in that field you have to update your skills all the time. So I have been doing a lot of learning.  

Last week I was at the airport for work, and saw a big sign for Beach Bar Rum.  That feeling of a tropical escape by way of a Tiki cocktail was calling my name.  I knew immediately that I had to get a bottle of that rum and try it out!

 

The rum is actually called Sammy's Beach Bar Rum, and is named after Sammy Hagar of Van Halen.  Sammy wanted a rum for his restaurants.  So he joined up with a distillery in Hawaii.  The rum is make with sugar cane from Hawaii. 

Sammy's beach bar rum is a nice smooth white rum. It is a bit on the sweeter side, and is a lot like a Cachaça. Drinking a little bit of this rum will transport you to Hawaii.  As you will see in the video I just cannot pronounce Cachaça no matter how hard I try. :-)  Maybe another drink would have made it easier. 

Sammy's Maui Rocker

The website for Sammy's Beach Bar Rum had a number of drink recipes.  One that stood out to me was Sammy's Maui Rocker

To make a Sammy's Maui Rocker combine the following ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice:

  • 1.5 oz Sammy's Beach Bar Rum
  • 1.5 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz fresh sour mix
  • .5 oz orange Curacao
  • .25  oz grenadine

Shake the drink up really good and pour it, unstrained, into a tall glass. 

Sammy's Maui Rocker is a little on the sweeter side, but it was still pretty good.  When you pick up the glass the aroma of pineapple, orange, and lime fill your nose and transport you to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  After the first sip you taste the sweet flavors of pineapple, and orange.  Then, the lemon and lime balance out the drink nicely.  You can start to hear the gentle ocean waves, the warm sea breeze rustle the palm trees, and in the distance a steel drum playing that oh so familiar Hawaiian music.... Ah.. paradise.

Friday
Aug122011

Lemon Hart, Old Monk, and Rum Jumbie Rum Reviews

Aloha!

This past weekend I was down in Illinois, and I picked up three rums that can be harder to find in different parts of the US.  I found Lemon Hart 151, Old Monk, and Rum Jumbie. I was so excited to get them that I wanted to share them with you.  In the video I do a little rum tasting and share my thoughts and review of these rums.  Let me know what you think of these rums in the comments section below.

Mahalo!

 

Damon

Monday
Jun132011

Rum Review: Ron de Jeremy

 


Ron de Jeremy Rum

Aloha,

So I recently got a bottle of Ron de Jeremy Rum.  I know what you are thinking.  Yes, the rum is named after the adult film star Ron Jeremy.  When I think of rum the last thing I think about is Ron Jeremy.  However, when the rum came out this past spring, I was interested in trying the rum mainly because of the name.  I didn't have very high expectations, but I thought at the very least it would be a fun conversation piece to have in my bar.  

After posting some reviews other people had written about the rum at news.LetsTiki.com the nice people at Ron de Jeremy contacted me and offered to send me a bottle.  I'm not one to turn down free rum.  So I said, "Send it my way!"

According, to rondejeremy.com the rum is a 7-year old rum from Panama.  The rum was created by Cuban Master Distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez.  Don Pancho has been involved with may successful rum brands throughout the years.

First, I tried the rum neat, a.k.a. room temperature rum in a glass.  It had a nice buttery aroma with hints of vanilla and spice.  After taking a sip the first flavors were nice and buttery.  That was followed by a hint of vanilla and some spices; almost a warm cinnamon flavor came through.  The after taste wasn't  quite as smooth as I'd like though.

Next, I tried it on the rocks.  On the rocks can change the flavor of a rum quite a bit, and this rum was no exception.  The buttery flavor was less intense and a nice oaky flavor came through.  The spiciness wasn't quite as strong, and also the rum was a bit smoother.

Of course, I had to try the rum in a daiquiri.  I made just a simple daiquiri:

  • 1 oz Ron de Jeremy Rum
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

 

To make the daiquiri shake the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker, and pour strained into a champagne saucer or any small glass.  You can use any rum in this simple daiquiri.  It's a great way to compare different rums.  

The Ron de Jeremy tasted great in the daiquiri.  It mixed nicely with the lime an sugar.  The buttery flavor still shone through; as well as the spices.  The rum made a nice daiquiri.  Overall, Ron de Jeremy is a nice rum, and I would recommend picking up a bottle.  I hope the name doesn't turn people off.

Mahalo!

Damon

Sunday
May152011

How To Make A Cuba Libre

Cuba LibreThe Coast Lines & Tan Lines blog inspired today's video.   The Cuba Libre was the original name for today's popular Rum and Cola.  The cocktail was invented in Cuba around 1900 when American's brought Coca Cola to Cuba. Cuba Libre, meaning "free Cuba", was a popular saying in Cuba around that time because the country has just gained its independence.

In 1945 the Andrews Sisters helped the Rum and Coke gain popularity with their number two hit song, Rum and Coca Cola.  Check it out on Youtube.  It's a fun little song to listen to while drinking your Cuba Libre.

A Rum and Coke make not seem very Tiki.  However, this cocktail did seem exotic at the time it was invented.  Most Rum and Cokes served today don't come with a fresh lime wedge, but that is a key ingredient to the Cuba Libre.  I picked up some Key Limes for my Cuba Libre, but regular Persian limes work great too.

A key component to the original Cuba Libre was Coca Cola made with real sugar.  Here in the U.S. our Coke is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup.  So to get closer to the original Coke look for Mexican Coke at the grocery store.  The real sugar makes a difference.  The other key component is to use a rum like the one used around 1900 in Cuba. Since Cuban Rum isn't available in the U.S. Havana Club is out.  As I understand it Bacardi Gold is the next closest thing.

To Make a Cuba Libre you will need:

 

  • 2 oz Havana Club or Bacardi Gold Rum
  • 1 Key lime or 2 lime wedges
  • 4 oz Mexican Coke (or Coke made with Sugar)

 

Cut the Key Lime in half and place it in the glass.  Muddle the key lime gently to squeeze some of the juice and also release the oils from the skin of the lime.  Next, add about 1 cup of ice to the glass. Add the rum, and then top with the Cola.  Stir and enjoy!

The Cuba Libre has a nice lime flavor to it and the Mexican Coke makes it a little sweeter.  The Mexican Coke tastes spicier than American coke, and it has a bit of an herbal flavor.  This is a refreshing little cocktail.

Mahalo!

Damon

Monday
Apr182011

How to Make A Painkiller

The PainkillerAloha,

In the United States today is tax day.  To wear off some of that sting from the tax man Smuggler's Cove, one of the most popular Tiki bars in the U.S., is celebrating National Painkiller Day.   Sadly, Smuggler's Cove is across the country from me, but that isn't stopping me from having a good old Painkiller.  

This Tiki cocktail was invented in the 1970s  at the at The Soggy Dollar Bar in the British Virgin Islands. The Soggy Dollar has no dock so it's visitors have to swim to shore from their boats getting their money all wet, and that is how the bar got it's name.  The original Painkiller recipe is top secret, and is still being served to this day at The Soggy Dollar.  However, through some reverse engineering by some people with much better taste buds than mine you no longer have to go to The Soggy Dollar to enjoy this Tiki cocktail.

To make a Painkiller combine the following in a cocktail shaker with about a one cup of ice:

  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz Lopez Coconut Cream
  • 2.5 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Preferably Pussar's Navy Rum)

Shake the ingredients together until the shaker is frosty on the outside. Then, pour it into a large glass or Tiki mug.  You may want to use a Tiki mug for this one because this great tasting drink isn't very pretty to look at.  Then, sprinkle some Nutmeg and Cinnamon on top.  Garnish with an orange wheel, pineapple slice, and cinnamon stick.

The Painkiller really surprised me with how amazing it was.  The Lopez Coconut cream gives a delicious coconut flavor to the drink, and the pineapple juice blends in nicely. I've tried other brands of Cream of Coconut, but Lopez is the best.  The only place I can find Lopez, near me, is at Wal-Mart.  

You get just a hint of orange from the fresh orange juice, and the dark Jamaican rum adds a nice touch, but doesn't over power.  Even a non-rum drinker will love this cocktail.  The Cinnamon and nutmeg go really well with the creamy coconut.  There is just the right amount of sweetness so that you could keep drinking these all day.  I can just imagine being in The Virgin Islands sipping on this while laying in a hammock, and listening to the gentle waves roll in.  Uncle Sam is a million miles away... 

I went to the Soggy Dollar's website to do research for this post, and they have the relaxing sound of waves crashing to the shore playing on their site.  I usually hate it when websites have background sounds, but the waves are very peaceful.  So pull up their website while sipping on your Painkiller and your cares will drift away even faster.

Mahalo!

Damon