Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Makeover for the Season’s Most Spirited Cookie

Christmas Rum Balls

     I ran across this article in the New York Times and the idea really sounded good.  You might want to give this idea a shot this year instead of the traditional recipe.

     There are plenty of ways to tweak a rum ball recipe. You could change up the nuts, swap out the sugar, add spices or cocoa, or use honey in place of corn syrup. You could drizzle in bourbon or brandy rather than rum. You could even nix the alcohol altogether, using orange juice instead (just reduce the sugar by a smidge).    One element must remain fairly constant, though: the cookie crumbs.  Pulverized wafers cookies — usually vanilla and occasionally chocolate — are the standard, because their dry, crunchy texture allows them to absorb the maximum amount of rum.

     I got the idea during a deep foray into gingerbread house making last winter. After the house was baked and assembled, and all the royal icing scrubbed off the counters and floor, I was left with a large heap of scraps that I nibbled on for a couple of weeks. I pulverized what remained into crumbs and stuck them in the freezer. I had more than two quarts, enough for several batches of rum balls and a few cheesecake crusts, in which gingerbread took the place of the usual graham crackers.  Gingerbread or gingersnap crumbs give these rum balls a spicier edge.

     The rum balls, in particular, were a hit, heady with booze and gently spiced. I liked them so much that this year, even without plans to build a gingerbread house, I decided to make the rum balls anyway. I crushed up a package of gingersnaps in the food processor, and added the chopped pecans and the rum. Then I mixed in some grated fresh ginger to amp up the spice, and substituted maple syrup for the corn syrup to give everything a warmer, deeper taste. 


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Playful Dolphins in Grand Cayman

     Hangin out in Grand Cayman is a great experience, and at the north end of seven mile beach is the dolphin experience.  I is a great chance to watch the dolphins show off for you they seem t be so happy and are glad to show you their talents.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Special Papa's Pilar Banana Daiquiri

     As we slip into the holiday time of year lets look at something a little bit different for these holiday evenings.  Bananas make great cocktails and this is one that will make the evening or get together very special.

Bahama Bob’s Banana Daiquiri
  • 2 oz. Papa’s Pilar Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Creme de Banana
  • 1/2 oz. Banana Syrup
  • Cinnamon Stick (for Garnish)
Place all ingredients into a mixing glass and shale until cooled, pour into a  Rocks glass or  Coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Bahama Bob’s Banana Syrup
  • 2 Bananas
  • ½ Cup of Sugar in the Raw
  • ¼ Cup of Water
  • ¼ Cup of Melted Butter
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract

Cut 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Combine 1/4 cup melted butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup water in Sauce pan, bring t a boil over a medium heat.  Allow l mixture thicken slightly, about 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract and remove from heat after the syrup has thickened.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Seventy-seven Years Ago Today, The Japanese Bombed Pearl Harbor and Brought America into World War II

     Today you will find the The USS Arizona Memorial is a must-see destination for all individuals coming to Hawaii, drawing more than 1.8 million visitors each year from all over the world, but on the morning of December 7, 1941 it was a completely different picture as the Japanese planes devastated paradise and the American Pacific Fleet.

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as part of a plan to eliminate any potential challenge to Japanese conquests in Asia. The attack compelled the United States to enter World War II as a combatant, and to wage a costly, bloody struggle to defeat the Japanese empire.  Peter Harris wrote, “the attack dramatically altered U.S. foreign relations, sidelining isolationism as a powerful force in domestic politics and making overseas engagement the accepted norm.”

     The U.S.S. Arizona which was moored next to a repair ship when the attack began, was struck by several Japanese bombs and exploded in flames as it sank. More than 1,100 service members were killed, including Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd and the ship’s commanding officer.

     President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy." On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The bombing killed more than 2,300 Americans. It completely destroyed the American battleship U.S.S. Arizona and capsized the U.S.S. Oklahoma. The attack sank or beached a total of twelve ships and damaged nine others. 160 aircraft were destroyed and 150 others damaged. The attack took the country by surprise, especially the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Heavy Metal Band Motörhead Releases a Premium Dark Rum

     Heavy metal band Motörhead has announced the launch of its new eight-year-old Dominican dark rum.   Aged for eight years in ex-Bourbon barrels, Motorhead Dark Rum is described as having emitting notes of dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar and even a note of dark chocolate.    This is a full-bodied rum sporting a medium sweet spiciness along with notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak and nuts.  The finish is a spicy one with a medium sweetness.

     In 2015, Motörhead teamed up with Swedish distillery, Mackmyra to produce their own brand of whisky marking their 40th anniversary .  The limited-edition Swedish single malt whisky was aged for five years in new American oak barrels and finished in Oloroso Sherry barrels for six months.    

     The Motörhead Facebook page, the remaining members of the band said: “As with every beverage we develop, it’s been a hands-on affair with no detail left unchecked.”  The rum is produced by Sweden-based Brands For Fans, whose business manager Yvonne Wener said called Motörhead, “the most dedicated, wonderful guys one could ever ask for, and true gentlemen in every sense.”   The rum was officially released in Sweden through its monopoly on 1 December, but other markets can contact the company directly for distribution information at

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Nusa Caña Rum: Bringing Back the Taste of Indonesia

     Nusa Cana Rum is a unique spirit, coming from the area that was near the origin of sugarcane.  The 1500’s explorers and travelers prized the Indonesian Rums.  They were also the choice of those looking for a luxury expression and could be found in the finest “punch Houses” and bordellos throughout the world.
     Nusa Cana was created by industry experts Marc Rodrigues, Joe Milner, Andy Gaunt and bartender Sam Jeveons.   Nusa Caña is made from molasses from local sugarcane grown on the Indonesian island of Java, and yeast grown on Javanese red rice.  It is distilled twice in steel Chinese pot stills before being matured in teak casks to give the rum a “drier” finish.
     Rodrigues, Nusa Caña co-founder and formerly of Beam Brands, Constellation Brands and Diageo, said: “Indonesia’s part in the story of cane spirits, and therefore rum, is both compelling and valid. We’ve forgotten that sugarcane originates in Southeast Asia and was taken from here to the Caribbean and elsewhere.
       “We’ve forgotten that early explorers visiting what is now Indonesia discovered the locals drinking a distilled sugarcane spirit as far back as the 15thcentury, before the word rum was even coined.  “To bring it back in a serious way, I assembled friends and industry experts from Australia, Asia and the UK to launch Nusa Caña, a tropical island rum with the vision to take the story of Indonesian rum and the Bali lifestyle we love to the rest of the world.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Christmas on the Boat is Just Fun and Cheerful

     Here in Key West, Christmas is a bit different.  We live on boats and don't have any frost or snow, but we have a lot of color in our Christmas world.  Today Marta and I went to our local Home Depot and found the lights that were appropriate for our boat. Christmas on the water is a little bit different, but it is just as festive.  So we wrap the rails instead of hanging lights from the gutters and posts, but the effect is much the same.  I hope that you enjoy making your house Christmas festive as we do on out boat.  Happy Holidays to all pf you and I hope that you get the chance to make you world bright and fest as well.