Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Sunday, July 24, 2016

It's Been Too Long, Need to go Back to Abaco

     It is hard to beat the crystal clear waters and the powdery white sand of the Bahamas, and especially Great Guana Key.   The combination of the rocks, surf, and the sea oats make it such a beautiful view from the dunes that lie just off of the beach.  So many great memories of these cays that surround the "Crystal Sea".

Saturday, July 23, 2016

How Much Can You Drink to be less Calories than a Cheeseburger?

     The basic 1/4 pound cheeseburger has 545 calories.  That is 260 1/4 lb patty, 120 bun, 60 American cheese slice, 15 ketchup and 90 Mayo.  This is a basic cheeseburger, not a double or one with god knows what dripping off of it.   The average recommended intake for men is 2500 calories and women 2000 calories, this is an average of all the weight and activity levels.   500 calories of liquor or cheeseburger boils down to 20% of a mans daily allowance of calories and 25% for women.

     It is actually simple, take a simple Rum and Coke, you get 100 calories from the rum and 90 for the cola, that is 190 calories, and on average most people will drink three of them at a sitting, that is 570 Calories or more than a cheeseburger.  If you start adding heavily sugared mixers like creme of coconut etc, then you can get single drinks like a Pina Colada, that will have more than 400 calories each.

     "A recent survey commissioned by Truly Spiked & Sparkling and conducted online by Harris Poll showed that a stunning 47% of drinkers in the United States believe that there aren’t enough low-calorie drinks options out there on the market, with 45% believing that following a fitness regime makes it more difficult to be social when events revolve around food and drink."

   On the other hand a rum or any other basic spirit on the rocks or with a diet soda, is only 100 calories, about the same as a light beer.  You will be pretty drunk is you have five of those in one sitting, but it is less than a cheeseburger.  Check out the chart and see what you are taking in when you are out grilling and eating burgers and drinking your favorite beverage how many calories your are taking in.  Usually about the equivalent of about 2 to 3 hours of running to burn them off.

Budweiser Select 55  55 Skinnygirl  120
Beck's Premier Light  60 Red (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, etc)  150
Miller 64  64 White (Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, etc)  150
Michelob Ultra Amber  90 Korbel Brut California Champagne  160
Budweiser Select  100 Skinnygirl Sangria 160
Busch Light 100 Sweet dessert (3.5 oz.) 170
Coors Light  100 Barefoot Refresh Pink Spritzer (8 oz.) 180
Corona Light  100
Michelob Ultra  100
Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus 100 Red Lobster Manhattan  160
Miller Lite  100 Chili's Premium Long Island Iced Tea  210
Natural Light  100 Olive Garden Frozen Margarita 340
Bud Light  110 Red Robin Irish Beer Shake 780
Miller High Life Light 110
Bud Light Lime  120 HARD CIDER (12oz)
Michelob Light  120
Sam Adams Light 120 Michelob Ultra Light 120
Strongbow Gold Apple 170
MALT BEVERAGES (12oz)  Stella Artois Cidre 180
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple  190
Bud Light Lime Lemon-Ade-Rita (8 oz.) 200 Johnny Appleseed 210
Smirnoff Ice Original  200
Bartles & Jaymes Strawberry Daiquiri  210 PACKAGED MIXED DRINKS
Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita (8 oz.)  220
Sparks Blackberry (16 oz.)  380 Mr & Mrs T Original Bloody Mary Mix (6 oz) 90
Bacardi Mixers frozen Margarita (8 oz.)  150
BEER (12oz)  Jose Cuervo Original Margarita Mix (6 oz.) 220
Master of Mixes Mojito Mixer (6 oz.)  240
Guinness Draught 130 Bacardi Mixers frozen Mojito (8 oz.) 260
Bud Light Platinum  140 Daily's Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri (10 oz.) 280
Heineken 140 Daily's Frozen Piña Colada (10 oz.) 290
Miller High Life 140
Pabst Blue Ribbon 140 LIQUOR & LIQUEUR
Beck's 150
Budweiser 150 Pimm's No. 1  80
Corona Extra 150 Gin, Rum, Tequila, Vodka, or Whiskey  100
Kirin Ichiban 150 Baileys Irish Cream  140
Stella Artois  150 Crème de menthe  190
Allagash White 160
Hoegaarden  160 MIXERS  (4 0z.)
Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager 170
Shock Top Belgian White 170 Diet Cola 0
Blue Moon White IPA 170 Cola 91
Samuel Adams Boston Lager 180 Lemon- Lime Soda 70
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 180 Fruit Juices (Average) 60
Leffe Blonde (11.2 oz.)  200 Ginger Beer 64

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Couples That Drink Together Stay Together

     This is an interesting study.  My wife and I have been together for almost 42 years, we share many of the same interests and enjoy a lot of things together.  Our drinking habits are very much the same, most of the time if either of us are drinking we are drinking together.  I feel like this is a very good thing for us, both from a social stand point, but on so many other levels.  Many couples fight over financial things, and if one drinks and the other doesn't, this can lead to a serious financial rift, especially if money is tight.  I feel like this is a very valid study and a good read.
     The study, conducted by the University of Michigan, found that married couples aged over 50 with the same drinking habits as their partner – whether they partake, or abstain – tended to be more happier than those whose drinking habits were misaligned.   The amount that people drank was less important than whether both partners had the same habit of drinking or not drinking, the study found.   Women in particular became increasingly dissatisfied over time when only they, and not their partner, drank.   “Concordant drinking couples reported decreased negative marital quality over time, and these links were significantly greater among wives”.   “Wives who reported drinking alcohol reported decreased negative marital quality over time when husbands also reported drinking and increased negative marital quality over time when husbands reported not drinking.”
     “The present findings stress the importance of considering the drinking status rather than the amount of alcohol consumed of both members of the couple when attempting to understand drinking and marital quality among older couples”, researchers concluded. “These findings are particularly salient given the increased drinking among baby boomers and the importance of marital quality for health among older couples.”

Thursday, July 21, 2016

W.C. Fields the Entertainer and the Drunk

     There seems to be quit the direct connection between creativity and drinking.  So many famous 
creative people have been associated with drinking.  Ernest Hemingway is as well known for his 
ability to sip his daiquiri's at the El Floridita as he is for his writing.   Like so many other celebrities, 
W.C. Fields brought drinking out of the closet of the Prohibition Era and on to the screen as comedy.   "It was a woman that drove me to drink and I never got a chance to thank her", has always been one 
of my favorites.  One of his first major movies on the subject of drink came out in 1933, just prior to 
the end of Prohibition.    It was called International House, where Fields played professor Henry R. 
Quail, a professor that was flying his autogyro (a strange hybrid of plane and helicopter) to Kansas 
City but he got drunk and confused and ended up in China.  He did not become known as a great 
actor as a result of the movie, but as an irascible drunk,   “The persona itself was the work of genius.”

        He drank often and well, mostly Martinis, “I work better with them inside me,” he said, but he was not unfamiliar with Irish Whiskey, Bourbon. Scotch, Rye, red wine and sherry. He was also quite fond of rum and Coca Cola.   His staff estimated that he drank about two quarts of liquor a day.   He was always an amiable drunk, and he wore his alcoholism well, like the askew top hat, which he became famous for.  He drank at home and he drank on the set. He would often bring a cocktail shaker filled with gin to work, which he referred to as his “pineapple juice.” When a studio employee once refilled it with actual juice, Fields took a sip and bellowed, “Somebody’s been putting pineapple juice in my pineapple juice!”
   His fondness for drink didn’t impair his acting, and may have improved it. “His timing was better when he was drinking,” said legendary director Mack Sennett, who certainly knew about comedy, since he was responsible for the Keystone Kops. “He was terrified of speaking lines too fast, which he sometimes did if he was sober.” 
     Toward the end of Field’s life, his drinking became less funny, his nose larger and redder.   Fields suffered from roseacea, did little to treat it, and helped cement a link between excess drink and scarlet snouts.    Yet he always maintained his ability to function appearing in his last film, Sensations of 1945, 72 years ago next week.  “He keeps on drinking and keeps on being funny,” said one colleague of that era, “so whose business is it except his own?” 

     W.C. Fields died 70 years ago. He had been a bridge between the dour temperance era, and the boozy, goofy humor of Dean Martin, Joe E. Lewis, Foster Brooks, Jackie Gleason, and Red Skelton.   His Los Angeles tombstone was famously engraved with the line, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

International Spirits Challenge Rum Winners

    The 2016 International Spirits Challenge results are in and some good friends are the big winners.
  Trophy Winners R.L. Seale and Pusser's Rum are both outstanding example of the rum production industry.   There are a whole lot of others that showed very well in the event, as you can see below with all of the gold medal winners being listed.   The silver and bronze metal winners can be seen by clicking on the "Read More at" website.   Congratulations to all of the winners, you are examples of how far that the rum category has come with their drive for excellence.

Brand Name
          Brand Owner 
        Company Name

Trophy Winners

Pusser's Rum Gunpowder Proof
Pusser's Rum Company
Foursquare 2004
R L Seale & Company

Gold Medal Winners

J.Faria & Filhos
Facundo Exquisito
Foursquare Zinfandel Cask Blend
R L Seale & Company
Havana Club Añejo 15 Años
Havana Club
Mezan Panama 2006
Marussia Beverages
R H Jefferson
Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners
Red Heart Original
Pernod Ricard South Africa
Savanna Rhum Vieux Traditionnel
5 anos
Distillerie de Savanna
Woods Old Navy Rum
William Grant & Sons 
Foursquare 2004
R L Seale & Company
Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder Proof
Pusser’s Rum Company

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Pussers Gunpowder Proof “Black Tot Day” Launch in the United States

     This year's celebration of  "Black Tot Day" is going to be a very special one, marking the 46th anniversary of the removal of the daily ration of rum from the British Royal Navy ships, Pusser's Rum is introducing their new Pusser's Gunpowder Proof expression to the United States.  This is the rum that was just awarded the trophy in the rum category at the International Spirits Challenge last month and a "Best in Class" at the 2016 RumXP event in Miami in April.

    Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum Leaps Across the Pond Aged Overproof Expression to Launch July 31 in Select U.S. Markets to Commemorate “Black Tot Day” Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof, the last rum issued by the modern Royal Navy to its enlistees in 1970, will launch in seven U.S. markets July 31 to commemorate the 46th anniversary of Black Tot Day. Gunpowder Proof is an aged overproof expression at 54.5 percent which was the formula last used by the Admiralty.   Pusser’s Rum Pusser’s Rum is produced in strict accordance with Admiralty blending specifications last used by the Royal Navy for issue to its fleet, a tradition which began in 1655 when it first served rum as its spirit of choice, with extra “tots” being offered before and after some of the most infamous battles in history.

     This is probably the best expression that Pusser's has produced to date.  The two existing wooden pot stills, first put in use in the early 1700's and located in Guyana’s Demerara River Valley, impregnate the rum with esters (naturally occurring organic flavoring compounds) far beyond those of any other rum. What results is a truly unique, award winning taste. The name “Pusser’s” is nothing more than a corruption of the word “Purser,” the Royal Navy ship’s supply officer who retained the stocks of rum. Before hydrometers, the ship’s Purser would test rum strength by mixing a few grains of gunpowder with rum to see if it would ignite under the heat of a magnifying glass. If it did that was 'proof' the rum was “at strength,” if it was not, the Purser was threatened with bodily harm for “watering down” the rum. “Gunpowder Proof is riding the wave of hand-crafted artisan spirits that are authentic and all-natural,” said Pusser’s CEO Gary Rogalski. “Forbes Magazine called the blend ‘the single malt of rum’ because of the painstaking batch process required to blend, bottle and bring the rum to market.  


Monday, July 18, 2016

Where are You Going to be Most Apt to Consume Alcohol This Summer?

   Summer time is a curious time when it comes to the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  Depending on where you are, it could be at the beach, the mountains, on the lake or many other places.   The summer provides us with so many opportunities to quench our thirst with a refreshing beverage.     It seems that Americans seem to be most apt to have an alcoholic beverage at a barbecue.   Portability and the ability to keep the beverages cold are big decision factors as to what they are going to be consuming.   

  According to Nielsen almost two thirds of regular alcohol consumers in the US say they will drink at barbecues this summer, ranking it the top consumption occasion.

     With more than 90% of regular drinkers above legal drinking age planning to consume alcohol outdoors during the summer season, picnics and barbecues rank the most popular occasion, followed by pool-side, at the beach, and then at patio bars.   In terms of summer alcoholic drink qualities, “refreshing” was ranked top by both men and women, at 61% and 64% respectively. “Natural” and “handcrafted” were expressed strongly with men, while “fruity”, “sweet”, “citrusy”, “frozen” and “bubbly” were more popular among women. 

     Nielsen data also found that social media had become a key influencer when choosing drinks for US consumers. One quarter of legal drinking age plus consumers said what other people are seen drinking on social media, increasing to 45% of 21-34-years old.   42% of the demographic also said that they like to post pictures of their drinks on social media, well above the average of 25% for all drinkers.