Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
|Long Bar at Raffles Hotel in Singapore|
|Ngiam Tong Boon|
- 1 oz. Gin
- 1/2 oz. Cherry Brandy
- 1/4 oz. Cointreau
- 1/4 oz. Dom Benedictine
- 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
- 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/3 oz. Real Grenadine
- Dash of Angostura Bitters
Sunday, June 28, 2015
June is also when the sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches of the Florida Keys. These nests are very important to the health of the waters around the keys and the sea turtle species remaining as populous as they are today. Pleas avoid these nest whenever you are on the beaches during June. They are very important to all of us who live down here.
The beauty of the waters and the beaches can't be beat, so come on down and enjoy them with us, but when you leave, the only thing you should leave behind are foot prints. Thank You. ;o)
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Chris Blackwell is an international music icon, entrepreneur and cultural taste-maker. His reputation and lifestyle are the inspiration behind the brand and he is proud to offer the best of Jamaica.
Chris hails from one of the oldest merchant families, the Lindo family. They first came to the island in 1625. His grandfather owned J. Wray & Nephew, renowned for distilling the best rum in Jamaica. Chris continues the family legacy with the introduction of Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum.
Blackwell Rum has a dark bronze color with reddish highlights. the aroma brings notes of Demerara sugar and molasses. The blend brings out notes of cocoa and chocolate, lasting long after the first sip. This will be a welcome new addition to the Rum Bar collection of fine rums.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
This is an interesting dispute that goes back to 1959 when the Cuban Government nationalized both Havana Club and the Bacardi Factories. Bacardi bought the rights to Havana Club from the Arechabala Family. There has been a bitter battle between Bacardi and Pernod Ricard all the way to the US Supreme Court where the court decided in favor of Bacardi.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The majority of the rums are of a sipping quality, and can be enjoyed neat or with a cube of ice or two. You can literally travel the world with fine rums. Just think you can go to most any island in the Caribbean, off to Asia if you desire. Madagascar and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, to Mexico, Central and South America, you can find rums from these parts of the world. Fine rums are made in so many countries around the world offering opportunities for your taste and pleasure.
The thing that I like about the rums is that they all have a different flavor. I can bring
my palate to life in different ways according to my mood and desires. I'm often asked what is my favorite rum, and my answer is "the one I have in my hand". This may sound trite, but my personal collection and the rums at the Rum Bar give me so many opportunities for fine rum. It is the truth, and I find new favorites quite often as I am brought new rums to taste and review.
The summer offers may opportunities to sip rum on your patio or the aft deck of the boat, so find the ones that suit you and enjoy your summer leisure time.
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
|The famous Willie T Rum|
Other than our floating restaurant, William Thornton’s greatest claim to fame is the design for the United States Capitol Building! His design was submitted after the competition of 1792 had closed, and was approved by President Washington, who praised it for its “grandeur, simplicity and convenience.” A prize of $500 and a city lot was awarded to Thornton on April 5, 1793; he is thus recognized as the first “Architect of the Capitol”.
|The "Willie T" in the Bight at Norman Island|
Today it has been refurbished a bit replacing many of the rusting rails and deck supports with sturdy wooden posts, and a new paint job, but the party is still going strong on the Willie T with people jumping off of the upper deck naked and body shots on the bar. The craziness goes on both day and night virtually every day. This is one of the "don't miss" stops on your Virgin Island Vacation and one for those who carry the crazy Caribbean party genes. ;o)
Thursday, June 18, 2015
On April 26, 1950, the name Bodeguita del Medio was officially adopted. Among the first clients was Felito Ayon, a charismatic editor, who rubbed shoulders with the avant-garde of Havana, and put Casa Martinez on the map amongst his acquaintances. It is the way Felito Ayon used to indicate the location of the Bodeguita to his friends, that made popular the expression Bodeguita del Medio, that was to become its official name in 1950.
In September 1997 a bomb went off in the Bodeguita as part of a bombing campaign against several tourist spots in Havana injuring dozens and killing Fabio di Celmo, an Italian tourist. No-one was killed in the Bodeguita del Medio, but dozens were severely injured. It was said that just moments before the blast, the barman had posed for a picture with a tourist who later turned out to be a Salvadorian mercenary, Ernesto Cruz Leon, who was arrested and convicted for planting the bomb.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Sloppy Joe's was welcoming tourists for over four decades, serving 80 cocktails plus the bar's own brand of 12-year-old rum. During the 1940s and 1950s Sloppy Joe's was a magnet for American celebrities as well as tourists wanting to mingle with them. It has been described as "one of the most famous bars in the world" with "almost the status of a shrine." by the Los Angeles Times. The Cuban Revolution of 1959 saw the bar's business take a nosedive, with 90% of Sloppy Joe's clientele being Americans, who had been banned from Cuba.
A fire in the 60’s closed the establishment for good. The building in which the bar was housed remained intact, resembling a ghost town with its single-piece mahogany bar and photos of celebrities. The slow-paced, extensive restoration, undertaken by The Office of the Historian of Havana, began in 2007. Located on the corner of Calle Animas and Zulueta in Old Havana, just behind the Plaza Hotel.
The bar, was the part of the set for the movie Our Man in Havana starring Alec Guinness, Sloppy Joe’s is the bar in which the character (Jim Wormold) was approached enter into the secret service.
Renovation work on Sloppy Joe's was completed in April of 2013, and its doors opened to the public on April 12th. The facade closely resembles the images from the 1950s, down to the sign on the corner, above the arches.
The really great news is that they are still serving the fine cocktails that made Sloppy Joe’s famous in the first place. I spent several afternoons and evenings there enjoying the people that work there and their wonderful cocktails. ;o)
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
El Floridita first opened its doors in 1817 as “La Piña de Plata”, silver Pineapple to us Americans. In 1914, Constantino Ribalaigua Vert was hired as a barman, Constante, as he was known by the patrons became bought the El Floridita in 1918. Constante is credited with inventing the frozen daiquiri in the early 1930s. Constante made use of a snow cone type ice shaver and a mixer that you would see in an ice cream shoppe to make milkshakes to create these wonderful frozen masterpieces. Today, El Floridita still boasts the motto, “la cuna del daiquiri” or Cradle of the Daiquiri.
Famous customers share a history with El Floridita. Ernest Hemingway was a common fixture at the bar. It is a short walk from the Hotel Ambos Mundos where Hemingway maintained a room from 1932–1939. Hemingway’s children also noted that in the early 1940s Hemingway and his wife, Martha Gellhorn, frequently drove from their house outside Havana, Finca la Vigía to El Floridita for cocktails. Hemingway’s history at the bar is preserved by a life-size bronze statue sculpted by the Cuban artist José Villa Soberón that sits in “Papa’s” favorite seat.
The establishment was frequented by many generations of Cuban and foreign intellectuals and artists. Ezra Pound, John Dos Passos and Graham Greene, the British novelist who wrote Our Man in Havana, were also frequent customers. Movie stars like Spencer Tracy, Errol Flynn and Marlena Dietrich were regular patrons of the famed watering hole as well.
Monday, June 15, 2015
When I think about beach bars all around the Caribbean, It seems that the
Soggy Dollar always come to mind. It is one of the coolest beach bars ever, beautiful soft white sand, no dock, so you swim up to the beach from your boat to get the party going.
The Soggy Dollar is the birthplace of the Painkiller, and if you can score a hammock, you can just make the rest of the world go away. Mic, the bartender is the best when it comes to personality and his knack for cocktail preparation. His Painkillers are to die for and his antics keep you smiling for the entire visit.
Sitting on White Bay on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands this bar draws people from all over the world to worship the sun, enjoy the beautiful blue water and wander in the sands of the beautiful beach. If you are in the virgin Islands, be sure to make arrangements to get to Jost Van Dyke and the Soggy Dollar, I assure can you, it is a place and an experience that you will never for get it. ;)