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Friday, July 25, 2014

Flor de Cana Introduces Blanco Reserva 7, White Sipping Rum

     Flor de Cana Blanco Reserva 7 is their  first super-premium white sipping rum.

     Aged for seven years, this new expression features the same packaging redesign introduced by the family-owned brand last summer for its sister “Gran Reserva 7 “ year old rum.

     “Flor de Caña’s new Blanco Reserva 7 will expand our consumer base by offering a super-premium white rum that provides a richer drinking experience,” said Robert Collins, managing director of Flor de Caña.

     “The newest member of the award-winning Flor de Caña rum family, Blanco Reserva 7 complements our premiumisation strategy and continues to position Flor de Caña as a high-quality, slow-aged sipping rum.”

    Bottled at 40%, Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva 7 is described as having a “creamy floral and vanilla” taste.   Blanco Reserva 7 is designed to be consumed neat over ice or with sparkling water and a twist of orange.

     Flor de Caña boosted its super-premium portfolio in November last year with the release of its “crown jewel”, Flore de Caña 25.

      The Flor de Caña portfolio comprises 4 Extra Lite, 4 Extra Seco, 4 Anejo Oro, 5 Anjeo Clasico,  Gran  Reserva 7, Blanco Reserva 7,  Centenario 12, Centenario 18 and Centenario 25.   All of which are fine rums that will work  wonderfully on your table at home.

     If this expression follows in the path of it predecessors, it will be a fun high quality rum to enjoy in premium cocktails as well as being sipped.   ;o)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Visit to Sand Key Light

Early Days of the Tower Construction
     The day was a bit choppy, and the tide was in so none of the sand bars were showing, but the Sand Key Light still stood majestically out there in the ocean.   This is the first opportunity that I have had to see the light up close and personal.   I is awesome to see and understand what it has been through during its lifetime.

    First built as a brick tower in 1827, and it was damaged by a hurricane in 1844, and toppled by the "Great Havana Hurricane of 1846" as the sand on the island was washed away.  The lighthouse keeper wand five others were killed as a result.

Sand Key Light Today

     The lighthouse was reconstructed as a tower with a screw pile foundation, finally completed after several budget problems related to Federal Government issues.  Completed in 1853 and was the first to use a hydraulic lamp and a first became automated in  1938.

    The tower's open construction allowed the light to survive many hurricanes since it's reconstruction.  Though suffering minor damages in several storms, it stood strong until the tower was severely damaged by a fire in 1989.  The tower was reconstructed and put back in operation in 1998.

     This is a great place fore fishing and diving, and just a really cool place to visit and enjoy a day on the boat.  ;o)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remembering Your Favorite Bars From Your College Years

    Ever sit and wonder to those old bar's from your college years, the ones you don't remember leaving, but always return to the next opportunity?     I was thinking about Marino's Club, in Arcata, California the other day and went and did some research into it.   It was disappointing to find that it burned to the ground on July 25, 2001.

     The venerable old building was built in 1891 as the Union Hall Association.  "Following the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Banducci and Pritchard opened a bar on the site, but within a few years Marino Orlandi replaced Pritchard in the partnership, and in the late 1930s Marino bought out his partners. Then in 1947 he bought the building and converted the upstairs into apartments. Included in the bar were two alleys and the establishment was called the Arcata Bowl."
Beautiful Place in it's hay days

     It was the place in town that you took your date, it was a classy place that allowed you to impress her and just have a really fun evening.   They made all the classic and famous Tiki cocktails of the day.  The late 1960's I'm talking about.   It was probably one of the most memorable bars of my youth.

Sad Ending for a Fine Establishment
    Have you visited your old haunts lately?   Give it a try, it can be a blast or you might find that the era is gone, but in Arcata, the still talk about Marino's Club to this day.    
    It is fun to take a trip back in time to visit in your mind to the places that you learned a lot about life.  It is not so much fun to find that it has been lost and now just a memory in old photographs.  One of my fraternity brothers wrote "At night they used a lighting that made white clothes glow.  At the time I thought that was very sophisticated."   It was the little things that you always remember the most.

July 25, 2001



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Get Your Alcohol in Vapor Form, What's Next?

     There is a new and different way to enjoy your cocktails these days being introduced here in the United States.  Vapshot is an interesting and  refreshing new way to enjoy mix drinks, cocktails or shots.  You can have as straight shop or put a mixed drink into the container and just add the vaporized alcohol to the mix.   "Vapshot is served in specially designed containers, which are pressurized and premixed with various spirits. When served, you simply twist the cap and a portion of the liquor will instantly vaporize right before your eyes."  " The process brings out the true flavor of the liquor, making it an aromatic and pleasant experience."  The vapor is taken in by using a straw drawing out the remaining liquor left in liquid form for you to drink as with any normal cocktail.

 The Vapshot comes in two styles, one for home use and the Vapshot Mini for personal on the go use.  “Vapshot Mini is small and portable so it’s is ready to hit the road when you are. Use it by your pool, on your boat or even when you’re camping.   They have a good video on their website at 
     This is an odd system, but OSHA has shown that it will work at safe levels.  I really don't know if I'm willing to spend $700 to vaporize my cocktails.  A few months ago they introduced "powdered alcohol, today it's vaporized alcohol cocktails.  What is next?  Maybe in leaf form so we can smoke our cocktails and compete with the marijuana industry.  Now you can watch your alcohol go "up in Smoke"  ;o)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrating the 115 Years of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

1939 Cuba
     Today is Ernest Hemingway's 115th birthday.  It makes me think of all the places, people and events that made up this incredible life.   Born in Cicero, IL (Chicago), then traveled all over the world to have his live end in Ketchum, ID  

     Learned to hunt and fish at a family cabin in Northern Michigan, an ability that would follow him through out his life.  He was on the high school paper mostly writing about sports.  Later he would get a job with the Toronto Star, where he feels like he learned to be a writer.  "On the Star you were forced to learn to write a simple declarative sentence. This is useful to anyone. Newspaper work will not harm a young writer and could help him if he gets out of it in time."

WWI 1918
     Served as a ambulance drive for the Italian Army during WWI until being injured.  He also received the Italian Silver Medal for Bravery.  he covered the Spanish Civil War as a correspondent and the same during WWII including such battles as the D Day Landing.

     From his early short stories to the novels his writing followed the lessons he had learned working as a newspaper writer, simple and easy to read and understand.  This is the formula that mad his books so well liked and finally earned him a Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
Ernest, Gregory and Patrick in Cuba

     He was married four times and lived all over the world, but he has really left his mark on Key West, Paris, and Havana.  The houses that he lived in in Key West and Havana are revered and visited daily by hundreds and hundreds of people.  The displays of his "stuff" and his lifestyle make for a very interesting visit.

Marlin Fishing in Bimini
    Happy Birthday to the Man, he lived larger that life and he remains as the "man's man" even 53 years after his passing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Sunsets at the Hurricane Hole

     One wonderful thing about the summer is the late sunsets.  I'm off work and at one of my favorite hangouts on the water and get to enjoy these beautiful sunsets nearly every day.   Yesterday was no exception.  I just hope that you can enjoy your last vestiges of daylight like I get to.  ;o)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

National Daiquiri Day

     Today is National Daiquiri Day here in America.  I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by enjoying an original Cuban Daiquiri.  The daiquiri’s broadly accepted history credits a U.S. engineer Jennings Cox with creating the daiquiri.  

     Following the Spanish-American war of 1898 he was sent by the Spanish-American Iron Company to manage mines in the Sierra Maestra region of Cuba .  As you'd expect the conditions were harsh, yellow fever was endemic so the engineers were given good wages and a tobacco ration, plus Cox also negotiated a monthly ration of the local white rum.  One of the mines that Cox worked in was located in the village of Daiquiri, for which the cocktail was named.   
La Floridita Daiquiri

* 1 1/2 ounces rum (Matusalem Platino)
* 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
* 1/4 ounce simple syrup (Cane Syrup)
* 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
* Splash of fresh grapefruit juice
* Lime wedge for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in a blender with about 4 oz. of ice and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds) pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
     This is the original “Frozen Daiquiri” and was the fourth attempt by Constante Ribalaigua to create the  Daiquiri Floridita in Havana.    Jennings Cox created the original Daiquiri, a shaken version that contained rum, limon verde, and sugar, all shaken over ice.   Hemingway himself was a diabetic, and could not drink cocktails with sugar, so Constante, head barman and owner of El Floridita came up with a special Daiquiri for “Papa”.    Hemingway as the story goes told Constante to take the Daiquiri Floridita and drop out the sugar and double the rum, and Hemingway’s  “Papa Doble” was born.
     Hemingway proudly owns the El Floridita house record of 16 double Daiquiris.  He didn’t want sugar in his Daiquiri; those 16 drinks, if traditionally made, would have involved nearly two cups of sugar.  If the alcohol didn’t kill him, the sugar certainly would.

Papa Doble

* 3 ounces rum (Matusalem Platino)
* 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
* 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
* Splash of fresh grapefruit juice

Combine liquid ingredients in a blender with about 4 oz. of ice and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds) pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime wedge. 

     Enjoy your National Daiquiri Day the way you want to, but if you haven’t tried a daiquiri, then find a place that can make you a real one or just make your own, but do try one.  ;o)