Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Sunset Daiquiri

    Sitting on the aft deck Saturday night with a yearning for a new daiquiri at sunset when I got the inspiration for this one.  It brings a nuttiness to the daiquiri and a sweet-tart refreshing flavor.  Frangelico adds a real special nutty flavor, while the Zafra brings out the vanilla and bourbon notes making this a unique experience.

The Sunset Daiquiri
·         1/2 oz. Frangelico
·         1 1/2 oz. Zafra Master Reserve
·         Juice of ½  Lemon
·         Juice of ½ Lime
·         1/2 oz. Agave Nectar

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon and lime wheel.

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 "Show Rum Tasting Competition Results" from "Show Rum Italian Rum Festival"

     Another rum festival has reached conclusion this year.  Show Rum Italian Rum Festival is now a part of history.  Leonardo Pinto, Alessandra Penteriani and his staff put together a fine assembly of rum companies and rum people from around the world that have provided the people of Italy with a very impressive rum experience.

     Part of this festival was a tasting competition judged by rum professionals from around the world.  Here are the results of the judging at the festival.    Here are the winners of the international Show Rum Tasting Competition that have just been announced.

Column Still White - Angostura White
Column Still 1-3 - Bacardi Heritage
Column Still 4-7 - Abuelo 7
Column Still 8-15 - Abuelo 12
Column Still greater than 15 - Malecon Especial 1985
Column Still No Age Declared - Havana Union
Pot Still & Blended 1-3 - Diplomatico Bianco
Pot Still & Blended 4-7 - Appleton Reserve
Pot Still & Blended 8-15 - Appleton Rare Blend 12
Pot Still & Blended greater than 15 - Appleton 21
Pot Still & Blended No Age Declared - Hampden Estate Gold
Agricole Style White - Damoiseau Pure Cane
Agricole Style 1-3 - Trois Rivieres Ambré
Agricole Style 4-6 - Trois Rivieres Vsop
Agricole Style greater than 6 - Dillon Selection Club 12 XO
Cachaca White - Pitú
Cacaçha Aged - Pitú Especial
Overproof Rum - Rum Fire Velvet
Spiced and Flavored - Rum Project One
Independent Bottler White - Plantation 3 Stars

     The show provided a chance to sample many great rums from around the world, including rums from Bacardi, Havana Club, Abuelo, Angostura, El Dorado, Diplomatico and many more from places like Martinique, Mauritius, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Barbados and Dominican Republic.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Harbor at Santiago de Cuba

     The site of many Naval battles over the years and especially the era during the Spanish, Cuban and American War, the entrance to the harbor at Santiago de Cuba is a very serene and beautiful place to visit in July.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Conch Republic Daiquiri

     I've been fooling around with daiquiri ideas for several years now, and today I came up with a new idea that I feel like could be one of my best daiquiri's ever.  I takes components from the basic daiquiri and adds touches of the Mai Tai for flavor.

     The Conch Republic is a short lived country that seceded from the United States back in the mid 80's to put a point across the deaf ears of the federal government.  This is a secession from the normal way of creating the daiquiri.  Give this one a try, I think that you will like it flavor and natural sweetness.

Conch Republic Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. Yolo Silver Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.   Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel and a pineapple wedge.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Granada Six Saints Rum

     My first introduction to Six Saints Rum was in a flask hidden inside a bible.  The rum got my

attention immediately.  I'm really looking forward to its arrival at the Rum Bar in Key West soon so I can share it with my rum loving customers.
    The minute you arrive in Grenada, you  sense the aromas of spice in the air.    Grenada is a of leading grower of Nutmeg and other spices earning it the nickname of the Spice Isle.     The air is sweet and refreshing it enlivens the whole place.   Grenada’s rums also have their own flavor as well. 
     Six Saints is made fro only the best of ingredients and aged i once used bourbon barrels.  Named for the six parishes of Grenada, the rum has gained a bit of righteousness of its own. .   Six Saints is a pale amber color, with the sweet aroma of brown sugar and fruit.   The flavor on the palate includes hints of fruit, oak and bourbon.   The finish is smooth, but, at 41.7 percent ABV, adds a pepperiness to the robust finale.   The result is a fine rum, that Grenada can be proud of.   
Grenada Six Saints Rum
     "The devout islanders of Grenada have been quietly hand crafting rum for over 200 years. Named after the Caribbean isle’s six saintly parishes, we distill divine natural rum, the way it has always been.    Using only the most hallowed ingredients, it’s then matured in once used bourbon barrels and presented at 41.7% the perfect sipping strength.   You might say Six Saints is a truly immaculate conception!"

     Many larger islands get more attention drawn to their rums, but the Spice Isle has long been held in high regard for their rums, following in a more than two centuries of tradition at three  distilleries:  River Antoine, Clark’s Court and Grenada Distillers.   The latter is the home of the new Six Saints Rum, which launched earlier this year in most markets in the US and includes the tagline: “The Righteous Spirit of the West Indies.”
     Looking forward to seeing this rum's arrival at the Rum Bar and be able to share it with my friends and rum lovers.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Friend Paul Yellin is Opening "Cane" in Charleston, South Carolina

Chef Paul Yellin
     Paul Yellin announced that he is taking over the old "Big John's Tavern" and turning it into a “Cane” will be the name of the new establishment. Representatives from the restaurant confirm Yellin is the chef/owner and that "Cane will be a Caribbean-themed, laid back tropical oasis in a refurbished and refreshing location.
Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen.   This is going to be a great thing for Charleston, Paul is a great chef as well as a world renown mixologist.

     He calls himself a "rum drinker with a cooking problem," and having spent time with Chef Paul Yellin, aka the Rhum Chef—I was only slightly still standing after the tour he gave me of his island, Barbados, for a New York Times cover story about Caribbean rum tourism (—I can affirm this title to be true, indeed. Chef, rum ambassador and author of the cookbook Infusion! Spirited Cooking With Paul Yellin, Chef Paul debuts his Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina, this Fall.

Big John's Tavern After the Fire
     It's probably safe to assume that the "195 year old brickwork, 2 fires, an earthquake, a ton of history, a truckload of memories and now a new lease on life, signaling that Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen will be the new inhabitant of the building. The license suggests the name will be “Cane”, which would be fitting of a rhum bar.   “Cane” is the name of the new establishment. Representatives from the restaurant confirm Yellin is the chef/owner and that "Cane will be a Caribbean-themed, laid back tropical oasis in a refurbished and refreshing location."

     Congratulations Paul on this spectacular adventure, This is a great location with a lot of history, perfect for "Cane".   I hope that it flourishes under your guidance and expertise.  I'm looking forward to visiting there once you get it open.  ;o)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What is Your Window on the World?

      Yesterday afternoon as I sat in the dinghy waiting for a couple of friends to arrive at the dock I
got to think how different point of views can change things.   I sat looking at the same things, but from different points of view.  I looked at the boat behind through the twin hulls of a catamaran, or the highway through a bridge rail opening.

     This sort of set me thinking about how thing can be completely different depending on how you view them.   I was only there for a few minutes, but looking at things through the lens of a camera from a different perspective was really interesting.

     I guess that there are a lot of things in life if we would takes some time to look at with a"different set of eyes" as Gallagher would say we might have a better understanding of many other points of view and learn a little more from our experiences.

     Take a few extra seconds a you wander around and try to look at things from another side or through a different window on the world, you might be surprised what you see.  ;o)