Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Denizen Rum Tasting Thursday and Rum Lab Goes Tiki

     Thursday is the Denizen Rum Tasting event at the Rum Bar at 1117 Duval Street from 1 pm until 5 pm.    The event will feature Denizen Rum with a special $5 Denizen Rum premium cocktail menu for your enjoyment.     These are very special cocktails that were developed especially for this event in the Rum Lab of Bahama Bob Leonard.     This is a chance to stop by and become acquainted with this fine Rum and some unique and flavorful cocktails.    Don't miss this event, you will be disappointed if you do.

     Yesterday, the Rum Lab went Tiki and came up with some really fine cocktails that take us back to the era of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic.    These are some new creations and some revisions of both the Mai Tai of Trader Vic and Bahama Bob's version of the famous Don the Beachcomber's Zombie.    Part of the research was the creation of a new Bahama Bob #4 syrup that helped bring several of the cocktails to life.     This was a very rewarding part of the day in the lab as well as ending up with 6 new cocktails for the up and coming book.     Special thanks to my "lab mice: who always provide me with a great deal of input in the finishing of these new cocktails.
The hit of the lad day was a new cocktail called Long Palm Tiki, it was the unanimous choice of the group as the best one of the day.

Long Palm Tiki
  • 1 1/2 oz. Ron Centenario 7 Year Old Rum
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. Creme of Coconut
  • 1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz.  Bahama Bob's #4 Syrup
  • Splash of Grapefruit Juice
  • Splash of Barrett's Ginger Beer.
Put all the ingredients into a shaker with ice, except the Ginger Beer, Shake until chilled and strain into a pint glass with crushed ice.   Garnish with an Orange, a Sprig of Mint, and a Cherry.

     This week is going to be a busy busy week of fun and frolic here in Key West with two rum promotions and Saturday's departure for the Virgin Islands and a week of rum and cocktail research in some of the most interesting bars anywhere.     Stay with me as we navigate through the next 3 weeks of fun, frolic and unusual bars.    ;o)