Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Friday, September 4, 2015

From Santa Cruz Rum to Cruzan Rum

     A friend of mine set me a note the other day asking if I had ever heard of "Santa Cruz Rum"?  That is all I needed to start investigating.   It seems that it first made appearances in the mid 1800's.   It was produced by the Hermon Hill Distillery in Christiansted, and eventually became part of the Suntory Beam Corporation and Cruzan Rums today.

     During the mid to late 1930’s St. Croix Sugar Cane Industries, Inc. was formed for the purpose of distributing St. Croix rum in the United States.  The corporation even issued stock certificates at varying times up to and including the early 1940’s.   While records and documents are insufficient to determine the exact date of the origin of St. Croix Sugar Cane Industries, Inc. as a corporation, the available records all point to it starting in the second half of the 1930’s, and initially to have been comprised of two separate rum companies, namely, The Diamond Rum Company at Estate Diamond in Frederiksted, and, Santa Cruz Distillers at Hermon Hill Distillery in Christiansted.  Initially, a large building in the town of Christiansted was used as the distribution center for St. Croix Sugar Cane Industries, Inc., and therefore, at times, in the first decade  “ Christiansted” was used in the the address of St. Croix Sugar Cane Industries, Inc., whether it was distributing rum from Diamond Distillery, or, from Hermon Hill Distillery.

     Although some of the investors of The Diamond Rum Company were also investors in Santa Cruz Distillers, the two distilleries were marketed under separate labels, respectively, Cruzan Rum, and, Santa Cruz Rum. Early documents give evidence to the importance that was placed on advertising Cruzan Rum as a unique brand name from its earliest days.  In 1936, there was a  Copyright Registration  of the distinctive Cruzan Rum label (“Design consisting of barrel with two men against background of tropical scenery”)  issued to St. Croix Sugar Cane Industries Sales Corp of Portland, Oregon.

     The question came up because he saw Santa Cruz Rum  in some old Civil War era cocktails.  
Below are a couple of those cocktails from that era.

Santa Cruz Rum Daisy 
  • 3 or 4 Dashes Simple Syrup
  • 2 or 3 Dashes Maraschino Liqueur or Curacao
  • The Juice of 1/2 Small Lemon or Lime
  • 1 Wineglass Santa Cruz Rum

Fill glass 1/3 full of shaved ice. Shake thoroughly, strain into a large cocktail glass, and fill up with Club Soda or  Seltzer Water.

  • 1/2 Lime or Lemon, squeeze out the juice, and put rind and juice in the shaker
  • 2 Tsp.  Raspberry Syrup
  • 1 wine-glass Santa Cruz Rum
  • 1/2 Tsp.  CuraƧao

(Cool with shaved ice; shake up well, and ornament with berries in season. If this is not sweet enough, put in a little more raspberry syrup.

     It is amazing to me how we can dig up old recipes and find they have direct connections to modern day rum production.  ;o)


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Want to Avoid a Hangover? Don't Drink Too Much !!!

     I ran across an amazing article about how to prevent hangovers.  Don't drink so much.   This never ceases to amaze me what the governments of this world can spend research on, then come up with such obvious findings.

     The only way to prevent a hangover is to drink less alcohol - drinking water or eating won't help you avoid the pain.   People who claim to be immune to hangovers are just kidding themselves, as there is no way to avoid the nausea and pounding headache, scientists have concluded.   Although one quarter of people claim to be able to consume alcohol without consequences, researchers have found they are probably just not drinking enough for it to have an impact.   Likewise people who claim water and eating help stave off that energy-sapping morning after feeling, it is likely that they did not drink as much as they thought.

     To find out whether some people really were immune to a hangover, scientists in the Netherlands and Canada monitored the drinking habits of more than 1,600 Dutch and Canadian students.   The researchers calculated the estimated Blood Alcohol Concentration in those who experienced hangovers and those who didn't. They found that four-fifths of those who claimed not to experience hangovers had an estimated blood alcohol level of less than 0.10 per cent - the equivalent of about two large glasses of wine.

     Lead author Dr Joris Verster, of Utrecht University, the Netherlands said: "In general, we found a pretty straight relationship; the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover.   "The majority of those who in fact reported never having a hangover tended to drink less, perhaps less than they themselves thought would lead to a hangover".   The researchers also looked at whether eating or drinking water directly after drinking alcohol made you less likely to experience a hangover.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fine Rum Tasting with Rum Loving Friends

     There are very few things more fun that sharing some really tasty rum with friends.  It is really rewarding to share some of the treasures of the rum world with some really good friends.  Monday evening six of us got together to do just that.

     The Rat Key Rum Tasting Association had its weekly meeting and there were some really fine rums there to be enjoyed.  We had two tasty Botran'Rums, Solera and Reserva; Carlton Groom's new expression of Papa's Pilar Dark; Ron Veradera 7 Year from Cuba and a very special Richard Seale 1998 Vintage rum from Barbados.  It is such a pleasure to sit on this little key and watch out over the gulf enjoying the gentle breezes and these really wonderful rums.

     Wonderful people sharing wonderful rums makes for a very wonderful evening.  This is why we put this concept together and why we hop into the boat when ever possible and head out to enjoy so many of the fun rums that I have blessed to put into my collection.  The really great thing about the collection is that it is something that you don't just let sit on the shelf, but rather something that you share with your friends.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Big New Rum Portal in Barbados

     The Caribbean Journal announced this morning the opening of a brand new rum shop in Barbados.   This has so many exciting ramifications that I can't even begin to tel you about.
     There’s a major new rum shop in the Caribbean  and it’s located inside an Grantley International Airport.   The duty free area at Barbados’ Grantley International Airport has opened a new “Caribbean Rum Collection” area including more than 80 rums from across the Caribbean region.   The shop is an initiative of the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producer Association (WIRSPA) and the Authentic Caribbean Rum Marque (ACR), part of an international campaign to promote the “quality, versatility and quality of Authentic Caribbean Rums.”
     “Our Authentic Caribbean Rums are the epitome of quality for regional products, equal to the highest quality spirits,” said Donville Inniss, Barbados’ Minister for International Business, who urged rum producers to continue their brand-building efforts.   The space will also include information on the brands, on rum production methods and on the cultures that shape the range of Caribbean rum.   It’s part of a broader educational program implemented by WIRSPA on behalf of CARIFORUM member governments, funded by the European Union.  
     “We are truly proud to see this fine collection come together in one place,” said Frank Ward, chairman of the WIRSPA. “We believe that this is the largest selection of Authentic Caribbean Rums available anywhere in the world for Travel Retail customers and are grateful to the Runway for giving our rum this opportunity.”
     I can’t wait to get back to Barbados and have an opportunity to shop this very special rum shop.  Thare are many great rum shops already in Barbados, and this is going to be something that I can fill a case with before returning to Key West.  ;o)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bahama Cafe Especial

     I was sitting at the bar the other day when it was very empty, dog days of August, and thought about an idea for a new coffee cocktail.   It had to have a real coffee flavor, yet be more along the idea of a daiquiri style cocktail.  I know that lime in your coffee is not a really good idea, but I think you get the idea.

    I have to start with Brinley Gold Shipwreck Coffee Rum, and I want a dry rum like Brugal Extra Dry as well to level it out.   I toyed with some chocolate liqueur, but that would just loose the flavor of the coffee and get to far away from what I was trying to do.   I thought a little further, and remembered that many people like a bit of cream in their coffee and a little bit of sweetener.  So I put them with it and I was ready for a cocktail "wake me up".

Bahama Cafe Especial

  • 2 oz. Brinley Gold Shipwreck Coffee Rum
  • 1 oz. Brugal Extra Dry Rum
  • 3/4 oz. El Dorado Rum Cream
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
Place all ingredients except the El Dorado Rum Cream in a shaker filled with ice.  Shake until fully chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass and float with El Dorado Rum Cream.  Top with fresh ground nutmeg and enjoy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Early Morning with Thunder Rumbling in the Background

     Summer time in the Keys has its thunderstorms.  The intense cloud formations that are sometimes very ominous looking can be very beautiful as well.  This morning is one of those days.  Enjoy all of the beauty of these ominous clouds as they reflect off of the water to create a beautiful picture.  ;o)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Selvarey Rums Expand Their Distribution

Selvarey Cocoa
     Selvarey Rums has announced that it is expanding its distribution to Florida, Hawaii, South Carolina, California, Nevada: (Southern Wine and Spirits), Georgia: (Savannah Distributing), New Jersey: (Fedway Associates), New York: (Empire Merchants)Tennessee: (Lipman Brothers), Washington DC: (Washington Wholesale).  This means that these fine rums will be available very soon on many more shelves and cocktail lounges  here in the US.  Previously only available in California and Nevada, this is very welcome news.

     Brought together by a lifelong passion for rum, Bruno Mars teamed up with three rum aficionados to change people's perception of what rum can be. After years of searching, they finally found legendary Master Blender Francisco "Don Pancho" Fernandez, former "Maestro de Ronero" for Havana Club who carved out a distillery from the jungles of Panama known for producing some of the finest rums in the world. Together they created Selvarey.

     Selvarey White  a blend of three- and five- year-old rums, is aged in American Oak casks and carbon-filtered to remove most of the color without losing the deep flavors imparted during the aging process. Unlike many white rums, Selvarey has been crafted with the distinct goal of being fine enough to sip on the rocks. Yet it makes a superlative cocktail..

     Selvarey Cacao  the world's premier chocolate spirit, boasts a rich five-year-old Panamanian rum whose inherent character is brought out by the infusion of natural chocolate. SelvaRey Cacao Rum can be sipped neat or on the rocks.

     These are very nice rums and ones that are welcome additions in many fine places, be sure a try them if you haven't had the opportunity before.  Especially those of  you that are of the chocolate persuasion.   ;o)