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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Snoop Dogg Heads to Cuca Fresca Cachaca

Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is finally coming to reality slowly, he is becoming a part of the "Brazilian Rum", Cachaca.  "You can't be cool by being like everyone else," he says in an advertisement that starts with a view of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue. "Stay ahead of the game . drink different."  This is a far from the other rappers and their Vodkas and Cognacs, he is working with an up and coming spirit called Cachaca.  Putting his name on the marketing of Cuca Fresca Chacaca , is a great move.  This sugar cane spirit has recently separated itself from the category of rum and headed to its own place in the spirits world.

     Cocktails like Caipirinahs that have given the spirit its name, but the spirit has come into its own in the past few years.  Premiumization of the spirit has added to the attention that Cachaca is getting these days.   It is following in the path of its rum cousin by aging and improving the production process of the spirit to raise itself out of the "redheaded stepchild" image that it had in the past.

     "The cachaça industry has transformed over the last 20 years," says Paulo Furquim de Azevedo, of São Paulo's Insper business school. The industry traditionally consisted of family producers in regions such as Paraty in Rio de Janeiro state or Salinas in Minas Gerais. The consumer's problem was obtaining information to distinguish premium products from the rest, notes Mr Furquim.

Cuca Fresca Cachaca
     It is my feeling that Snoop Dogg has put himself into a great position to grow along with a product that has really come to life following the 2014 World Cup Championships exposure that brought it to the forefront of the spirits world.
     Brazil has 2,000 producers and 4,000 brands with output of 800m liters per year and capacity of 1.2bn liters, according to Ibrac, Brazil's cachaça institute. Over the past two decades, the industry has begun to introduce certification to set higher standards. Groups of important producers in Paraty and other regions have established regional certification. Premium products, some of which are aged for up to 12 years, can cost more than $100.
     There are so many really great Cachacas to try, find your favorite and learn to make so many of the cocktails that have brought the Cachaca name to the forefront of the cocktail world.  ;o)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Rum from Around the World

     I am asked very often where does the “best rum” come to us from?   In the early days of rum making I would have to say Barbados, but today there are many great rums coming from all over the world.   At the Rum Bar we have so many of the unusual rums from the far reaches of the world.   Many think that good rum only comes from the islands of the Caribbean, but you would be really surprised how many really fine types of rum come from places in this world you would never expect to be producing rum. 

     You might remember Guyana for the Jim Jones Kool Aid massacre, but it is one of the producers of some of the finest rums in the world today.   Panama, Mauritius, Thailand, the Philippines, India, Spain, Venezuela, Nigeria, Costa Rico, just to name a few places.  Oh, I forgot to mention the United States where there are a large number of craft distilleries that are producing some really fine rums.  Placers like, Florida, Hawaii, and Louisiana you might expect, because they all produce sugar cane, but California, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Pennsylvania all are producing many fine rums as well. 

    This is why I have a really hard time truly to come up with an answer to the question.  I have many favorites from places that you would never expect to find good rums.  Phraya from Bangkok, Thailand, Pink Pigeon from Black River, Mauritius, Diplomatico and Santa Teresa Rums from Venezuela to name a few.   Look around the world and you will find fine rums from nearly everywhere in the world.   Spend some time exploring the rums of the world and you will have some very pleasant surprises.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Woodies on the Santa Cruz Wharf

     As a younger boy growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, I spent a lot of time at Santa Cruz
surfing and just plain partying on and around the beach at Santa Cruz.  In the era that surrounded 1962 through 1966, most of us were driving station wagons with a surfboard of two sticking out of the back window.  I was lucky enough to have had a 1956 Chevrolet station wagon that belonged to the parents, but did the job very well to haul the surfboards and a few friends over the mountain to the beach at Santa Cruz.  Many of my friends had woodies, the coolest of the surfer vehicles, but the Chevy wagon was plenty cool enough to get us there and back.

    This past weekend, the annual gathering of the National Woody Club happened at the Santa Cruz Wharf.  A gathering of some 185 classic woodies all parked for display on the wharf.  This is always a very great show, this year was no exception.  Check out the Video below.

See the Drone Video of the woodies and the Beach at Santa Cruz.

     Santa Cruz residents took a trip back in time on Saturday at the 14th annual "Woodies on the Wharf," organized by the Santa Cruz Woodies.   More than 185 Woodies dating as far back as 1923 were on public display on the Santa Cruz wharf.  
     Many of the woodies  were sporting license plates with monikers like "LIL WODY," "WDY4DAD" AND "51 WUDDY."    There were some  185 vehicles on display proving that  Woodies are still very popular even some 50 years after their initial surfer popularity.   Woodies of almost every age, color, size and make lined the pier as attendees meandered and observed.
     "Every year there's a lot of unique cars here," said Bob Barbour, one of the club's founding members and a Woody owner.    Barbour said that although the turnout of woodies was not disappointing, it was slightly lower than years past due to the weak economy and poor gas prices. Usually there are more than 200 Woodies in the show.   "This is almost exactly what we guessed it would be," he said.   About 75 to 80 percent of the Woodies were returning participants from years past, according to Santa Cruz Woodies President Ken Francis.

     I'm glad to see the revival of such cool vehicles where they were seen in great numbers in the days of the Beach Boys and Surfin' USA.   Hope to see this event continue for many more years.  ;o)


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wicked Dolphin and Lee Reefs to Benefit Special Operations Bionic Warriors

     The Florida-based producer filled barrels with distilled water and sent them 90 feet below sea level, down to the USS Mohawk Veterans Memorial Reef last week.   The barrels were then raised 72 hours later, and will be used to create the rum, named Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve.
     Wicked Dolphin Rum and Lee Reefs have joined forces to create the rum, with 100% of the profits benefitting both the Lee Reefs program and the Special Operations Bionic Warriors; a foundation that ensures wounded, injured or ill US Special Operations veterans/athletes receive equipment, coaching and help to ensure achievement of their athletic goals.   We’re proud to be able to create this special rum to honor the spirit of our servicemen – past and present,” said Wicked Dolphin Distillery owner, JoAnn Elardo. “The Mohawk Reef is a wonderful setting to bring this product to life.”
     The rum will be available for purchase at Wicked Dolphin Distillery, based in Cape Coral at an RRP of US $39.99 for a 750ml bottle.  There will be 200 signature bottles sold with the name “Sunken Barrel USS Mohawk CGC Reserve.”
     This is a very special run being made for a very special cause.  Join in and support the efforts of Wicked Dolphin Distillery and get on of the 200 that are being made available.  for a very reasonable price. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Papa's Pilar and You can Help the Oceans

     Papa’s Pilar, the rum that bears the name of Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing boat, has launched a new campaign to encourage ocean preservation. Timed with World Oceans Day and Hemingway’s birthday, during the campaign Papa's Pilar will donate $1 to the Ocean Foundation every time a fan posts a photo of themselves enjoying a glassed Papa's Pilar near the water.
     Papa's Pilar is trying to encourage you to get your rum, get to the water, and share a photo enjoying some Pilar for a great cause!


#PilarPreserves (Must tag for us to see it!)
Spreading the word, posting a picture or two, and encouraging your following to do the same. Every post means a $1 donation to the Ocean Foundation and we’d love to see more of our partners and friends show everyone how it’s done! 

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Singapore Sling Turns 100 Years Old.

Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore
Ngiam Tong Boon
     It is not a usual thing to write about a Gin cocktail, but the Singapore Sling is a very popular cocktail that has survived 100 years of cocktail sales.   This is a very flavorful cocktail much like those of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic, plus in my mind a real "hall of fame" cocktail.
     The Singapore Sling was created by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915 at the Long Bar in the Raffles hotel in its namesake city. A hundred years later, it is Singapore’s national drink, widely available on menus everywhere you turn, and has gained international fame. It is still de rigueur for tourist visiting Singapore to go into the flagship Raffles and have one at the Long Bar.
The Classic Singapore Sling
  • 1 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Cherry Brandy
  • 1/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz. Dom Benedictine
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/3 oz. Real Grenadine
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
Place all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.  Garnish with cherry and a slice of pineapple.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Fun in the Keys

     The Florida Keys has a real beauty that comes to life in the summer time.  The beautiful blue water and skies against the white beaches provides me with a picture of fun and serenity.

    June is also when the sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of the Florida Keys.  These nests are very important to the health of the waters around the keys and the sea turtle species remaining as populous as they are today.   Pleas avoid these nest whenever you are on the beaches during June.  They are very important to all of us who live down here. 

     The beauty of the waters and the beaches can't be beat, so come on down and enjoy them with us, but when you leave, the only thing you should leave behind are foot prints.  Thank You.  ;o)