Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Clear Fall Evening in the Marina

     The Humidity is dropping along with the temperatures, fall has truly arrived.  The sunsets of fall are so pretty with an almost perfectly clear sky behind it.   Looking out from the aft deck of the boat and enjoying the silhouettes of the other boats in the marina make for a beautiful fall sunset to enjoy with our cocktail hour.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bring Me Back Cocktail

Perfect for the day after all of the fall parties, this pumpkin flavored cocktail is a great afternoon recovery cocktail to warm you up during this cool fall weather.  Fall is such a good time for a tummy warming cocktail while you can still be outside on the patio.

Bringing Me Back

  • 2 oz. Real McCoy 12 Year Old Rum
  • 3/4  oz. Dolan's Dry Vermouth
  • 3/4 oz. Bahama Bob’s Pumpkin Syrup

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled.   Strain into chilled rocks glass and garnish with fresh ground nutmeg and cinnamon.

Bahama Bob's Pumpkin Syrup
  • 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups of Water
  • 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
  •  1 Tsp. Allspice
  • 1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp. Lemon Juice

Place all ingredients except the water in a pan and heat at 375 degrees stirring until all melts into a liquid.  Slowly add the water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to 240 degrees and allow to slow boil wile stirring for 5 minutes.  Pour into a dish that will not melt or crack and place in refrigerator for about an hour.  Pour into a dispensing bottle and put into refrigerator until ready to use.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Tasting ARÔME 28 True Rum

    I received a wonderful gift box of ARÔME 28 True Rum yesterday.  I have to say that I was honored to receive this fine rum for tasting.    The rum was the vision of Andrew Troyer, founder and CEO of ARÔME Spirits Corporation.   “We set out find the exceptional and then package and present it in a way that meets our distinctive standards of excellence.  We designed our packaging to compliment the exquisite rum it was designed to hold.”   

This is a rum that exudes quality from the first time you set your eyes on it.  Even the sample package they send is elegant and won't let you just put it aside.    My first impression came with the dark mahogany color that was very inviting.  This medium viscosity rum. On the nose you pick up the aromas of the wood, leather, tobacco and nutty spiciness.    Upon your first taste, you are immediately greeted with the flavors of vanilla, oak, tobacco and leather.  There is a subtle sweetness in the front of you mouth followed by a long lasting smooth, rich and dry finish.   The blend stands up very well when a small amount of water or a cube of ice is added, opening the flavor up even more.   ARÔME 28 is a TRUE barrel aged blend of rums 28 years and older. 

     With only 500 bottles of the ARÔME 28 True Rum, this is a rum that will disappear  very rapidly, even though it is quite expensive, if you are an efficientado of fine rums, you might want to look for this one.    Each bottle is numbered, serialized, and includes a "Certificate of Authenticity" from ARÔME Spirits Corporation.  


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Calories From Alcoholic Beverages Have Surpassed Those From Soda According to Euromonitor

     I ran across  a story of a study showing that many countries people have a higher intake from The research, which could shift obesity fears surrounding sugary drinks on to alcohol, claims that in 23 out of 24 countries studied by Euromonitor, alcoholic drinks account for more calories per person than soft drinks. In South Korea, 168 calories per person, per day, come from alcohol compared to 44 from soft drinks, while in Germany the ratio was 145 to 118 in favor of alcohol.  alcoholic beverages than they do from sugary sodas.  In a story in the Guardian, Of 24 countries tracked by the data analysts Euromonitor International, all but one have higher daily calorie consumption from alcoholic drinks than sugary beverages. In the UK, adults are consuming more than 106 calories per head every day from alcoholic drinks, compared with 98 from sugar-sweetened drinks.   

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      As a barman, I can understand this, but it is my feeling that it is not the calories from the alcohol.  Most people don't drink their alcohol straight.  The majority of the calories come from what is mixed with their alcohol.  Whether it be cola, lemon-lime soda or fruit juices, these all add a lot of calories to the cocktail.  Most servings of spirit have about 100 calories, but when you start mixing up some of those delicious cocktails, the calories go right through the roof.

10 High Calorie Cocktails

1. Long Island Iced Tea: Serving Size: 7 oz Calories: up to 780

2. Margarita: Serving Size:  8.5 oz. Calories: up to 740

3. Piña Colada: Serving size: 6 oz. Calories: up to 644

4. Mai Tai: Serving size: 9 oz. Calories: up to 620

5. Mudslide: Serving size: 12.5 oz. Calories: up to 594

6. Grasshopper Martini: Serving size: 7 oz. Calories: up to 525

7. Chocotini: Serving size: 6 oz. Calories: up to 438

8. White Russian: Serving size: 5 oz. Calories: up to 425

9. Brandy Eggnog on the rocks: Serving size: 7 oz. Calories: up to 422

10. Key Lime Pie Martini: Serving size: 5 oz. Calories: 323

     It is important to understand what makes up an alcoholic drink in order to understand why you are taking in so many calories from them.  If you keep your cocktail to a straight spirit on the rocks or with a diet mixer, you can cut down the calories significantly.  This is important when you are dieting to loose weight, but still want to enjoy a cocktail when you out and about.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bahama Bob's "White Pumpkin"

Here is a really tasty afternoon fall cocktail that is really easy to make and is loaded with fall flavors.  A relative of the "White Russian", but so completely different in the flavors.   If you can't find Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, you can use Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.  Best with the Dry Curacao though.   Fall is one of my favorite cocktail seasons, because you can start making some really rich and flavorful expressions that are too heavy for the summer heat.  Give this one a try, I think that you will really enjoy it.

Bahama Bob's White Pumpkin

  • 2 oz. Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
  • 3/4 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
  • 3 oz. Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Pour into a Collins glass and top with fresh ground nutmeg.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2100 Posts for Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

     Today marks the 2100th post for Bahama Bob's Rumsyles, It has been a really fun journey from 3 January, 2011 to this point and looking forward to many many more to come.  It has bee a lot of researching the stories and being able to travel to so many places in order to present the stories.   What's in a name, but it is really what the blog has been about and will continue to be, rum and the lifestyles of the people that are involved with the spirits.

    We have visited distilleries, historic and brand new ones, new distillers to some of the most experience and legendary ones.  Visits to distilleries that approach making rum in very different ways have provided some interesting stories.   Discussions with some of the most famous and innovative producers of rum in the world has brought a lot of knowledge about the methods and the history of the spirit.

    The travels throughout the Caribbean has provided a chance to share the lives and the lifestyles of the people of the rum producing world.  My live here in the keys has also allowed me to share one of the most interesting areas of the United States with you as well.  History and nature has endowed the Florida Keys with so many stories to tell.

     The stories of the problems and the responsibility of drinking and working in the spirits industry, from Prohibition to modern problems have been covered.

     It has been a chance for me to share recipes for cocktails that I have found or created.   Covering the changes in the seasons effect on cocktail making and the cocktails of different regions is one of the fun parts of the blog.


     Thanks to every one over the past five years for your support and readership of the blog.  I look forward to many more years and many more stories about the world of rum and living life in the tropics.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Healthier Alcoholic Spirits May be "Hard to Sell" Concept

     During The Global Drinks Forum in Berlin, this was a topic of one of the meetings.  The speaker had some  very interesting points that have come out of recent research.  Take some time and read the report that came out of the forum, it is rather enlightening.  It is interesting that the effect of the social media and being embarrassed is a big a part of the thinking.

     Alcoholic drinks that use healthy cues will struggle to break into the mass market, according to analysts at Mintel.   Speaking at The Global Drinks Forum in Berlin, global drinks analyst Jonathan Forsyth noted that today's younger generation perceives a healthy lifestyle as "desirable and cool". However, he warned that these consumers tend to drink alcohol more for "taste, fun and indulgence" and "not to benefit their health".   "When it comes to this strategy, it's a very hard sell," said Forsyth. "It's a bit like selling snake oil.
     "How can you say as an alcoholic brand that you're actually going to make people healthier? This is an area only really populated by niche brands."   Forsyth highlighted Vitamin Vodka, which contains vitamin K, B and C, as well as beers in the US such as Mighty Squirrel's 5g protein beer and Barbell Brew's 22g protein beer.   According to Forsyth, the trend offers drinks companies the chance to highlight their "natural" cues, which he said give a "health halo" without making any health claims.

     "The desire for 'natural' has made gin cool again," he said, referencing the segment's use of botanicals. Some of the larger vodka brands have also used these cues, such as the Absolut Botanik RTD, which launched in Australia last year, and Smirnoff Sourced, a flavored vodka range that is made with real fruit juice and has no high-fructose corn syrup.  

     The 'better-for-you' concept is also linked to using high-quality ingredients. "When consumers were asked to define 'craft alcohol', 'high-quality ingredients' came second and a 'unique flavor' came first," said Forsyth. "Healthier can be communicated indirectly by emphasizing the use of natural, real and premium ingredients that blend together to create a unique flavor."   Moderation is also a consideration within the 'better-for-you' trend, although Forsyth said "'balance' is probably a better word".

     The analyst cited Heineken's research, released earlier this year, that suggests Millennials prefer to moderate their drinking in order to avoid embarrassment on social media.