Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Sharing the Docks with My Fine Feathered Friends

     One of the best things about living on a boat in a great marina is the bird life that is always around you.  This is the time of year when you get to spend time with most of the breeds that pass through here every year.  Just this morning as I was walking back to the boat with my groceries I came across a young Osprey that was sitting atop a lamp post eyeing the waters for a meal.

     This afternoon, I came a cross a few pelicans that were sitting
under the mangroves and a couple more sitting on a fishing boat and looking for a free snack from the bait boxes.   Gulls, Cormorants, Egrets and Heron all regularly stop by to visit us here at Sunset Marina on a regular basis.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Trump Visits Key West for a Couple of Hours

     Yesterday was "Trump" Day here in Key West.  The crowds wee on United Street instead of Duval which battles drug trafficking along with partner countries and agencies.  “This was an education. We’re talking about drugs and stopping these drugs and other things, human trafficking and other forms of trafficking,” 
as usual.  The motorcade drew a large crowd as Trump's entourage proceed to Fort Zack for their meeting with the Joint Interagency Task Force South,

      Trump Is the first sitting president in 55 years to visit Key West, bringing a crowd all along the motorcade's rout from NAS Key West to the JITFS meetings.   The Presidents Motorcade made a trip from NAS Key West on Boca Chica down US 1 to South Roosevelt, Atlantic Ave., White Street, and on to United and the entry to the JITFS.

     All in all, an exciting day for Key West.  Not the type of thing that you see every day,

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reviving and Remaking the Lime Rickey Cocktail

     The Lime Rickey Cocktail was a very popular during the early 1900's as a gin cocktail and later appeared at the soda shoppe's as a non-alcoholic beverage.   Sometimes referred to simply as a "Rickey" or "Gin Rickey," the drink was famously concocted at Shoomaker's Bar in Washington D.C., by bartender George A. Williamson back in the 1880s, purportedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, soon after, it became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin.

     During Prohibition, the soda shoppe Lime Rickey became very popular and remained that way until the sixty's and and seventy's.  Today is seems to be making more appearances both as an alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage.

Bahama Bob's Lime Rickey Cocktail

  • 2 oz. White Rum
  • 2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Top Up with. Club Soda 

 In a shaker filled with ice, combine white rum, lime juice, and the simple syrup. Shake until chilled and add soda water and stir.   Pour into ice-filled tumbler and garnish with lime wheel.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What a Great Spoof on Alcohol Labels

     This is a great article I ran across in the Huffington Post the other day.  I hate to say it, but there just may be more truth to it than most of us might be willing to admit.  It is a great read anyway.

If Alcohol Labels Were Accurate, This Is What They’d Tell You


One shot of “Vomit Everywhere,” please.
If that’s what Jägermeister were actually called, we’re betting there would be fewer rounds of “Vomit” going around in bars. But if we’re being completely honest with ourselves (like Rachel Page was when she came up with this brilliant project), then we’re pretty sure that almost every alcohol label would look a whole lot different.
Page explained the idea for the project came to her after many nights of working in a bar and, for the record, her favorite drink is “Crying Alone,” also known as Moscato.
The only thing we know for sure? Page is hitting us right where it hurts with these hilarious captions:
·         “Crying Alone”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Vomit Everywhere”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Sugar”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Dancing On Tablés”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “Text Your Ex”

Rachel W. Page/TSM
·         “NEW BFFS”

Rachel W. Page/TSM

To read the descriptions that accompany the photos, head over to and follow Rachel on twitter or Instagram.

Read the article in its entirety at 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Craft Bourbon Distillers are Looking at Introducing Rum

     Craft bourbon distillers have been growing for the past several years as drinkers rediscover heritage

and new styles of brown liquor drinks.   Some might call it a boom. But many distillers have seen the boom-and-bust cycle of liquor popularity before and are exploring ways to hedge their bets against another bust.    

     "We're definitely on an upward trajectory," says Maggie Kimberl, a whiskey writer and historian. "There are a lot of people who have opinions about whether we're at the bottom of the upward trajectory, the middle, the top - but most people feel like we're somewhere in the middle."   But with booms come busts, and the bourbon industry is historically cyclical.   The first big bust was during Prohibition. "There was a city called Tyrone, Ky., which is near Wild Turkey, that was basically wiped off the map by Prohibition," Kimberl says. "It was a very small town that had two or three, maybe four bourbon distilleries in it, and when Prohibition came about, that town ceased to exist."

      Then American whiskey boomed again between 1945 and about 1970.  After that, "people were starting to turn to wine, beer and clear spirits."   "Bourbon was not especially popular at that time."  Then in about 2000, bourbon distilleries started seeing renewed interest in their products. In 2016, bourbon and American whiskey sales topped $3 billion.  "But there are always people saying this can't last, it's going to end soon, the bubble's going to burst."

      That's especially the case lately, as national media have started turning their focus to other spirits. For the past few years, outlets - ranging from Forbes to - have been predicting the "rise of rum."   Some bourbon distillers are diversifying into other spirits like rum.    "It does bear out a little bit in consumer spending, I think."   "But it's not something where somebody is going to say bourbon is out and rum is in and the bourbon bottom is going to fall out."

     Big beverage conglomerates are set up to weather changes in consumer tastes. "They all own rum, or several rums, but they all own bourbon, Scotch, tequila, vodkas, all of these things," so they're not worried about the next thing. "They have the next thing."

     The small distillers can take a lesson from this.   And that's where the small stills like a 26-gallon comes in. 
The craft distilleries can use the small stills to make a few different spirits like rum, agave-based spirits, and a single-malt whiskey.   This isn't unusual for craft distillers, especially since bourbon has a multiyear aging process.   "

      The craft distillery business like so many other businesses, diversity is often the key to longevity.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Diplomático Launches 2004 Single Vintage Rum

Diplomatico's New 2004 Single Vintage Expression
     Venezuelan rum brand Diplomático has unveiled the latest release in its Prestigeous Single Vintage collection,If this one is anywhere as good as the two previous ones, 2004 Single Vintage will be hard to get your hands on.   Diplomático 2004 Single Vintage is aged in Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry casks
      The limited-edition expression is crafted from several casks of special reserve rum, each selected by Nelson Hernández, maestros roneros and master blender.  Distilled in vintage copper pot stills in 2004, the rum has been aged for 12 years in American white oak casks that previously held Bourbon.   These aged rums are then blended by the maestros roneros, before being left for a further year to mature in ex-oloroso Sherry casks.
     Nelson Hernández, maestros roneros at Diplomático, said: “In a time where the ultra-premium rum category is entering the spotlight, and rum is finally being recognised as a quality sipping spirit, we are looking forward to seeing the 2004 Single Vintage reach its fullest potential.” 
     On the palate, 2004 Single Vintage is “well-balanced and incredibly flavorful, with toasted wood and spicy notes”.   Hernández described the rum as being “slightly more dry and oaky than that of previous years.”  Less than 4,000 nine-litre cases of this limited-edition expression will be available globally, with each bottle carrying a RRP of US$120.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Key West is Back to Normal for Us

     Sitting in the helm, looking to the west out of the marina and you have another of the beautiful sunsets that Key West is so famous for.   I so enjoy them, and especially from the high view from the helm of our home.