Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lemon Hart 151: Now at the Rum Bar Key West

   The legendary Demerara Lemon Hart 151 Rum is now as a staple at the Rum Bar here in Key West.     This classic rum is one of the primary ingredients in many of the classic Tiki era cocktails and one that has not been available for a few years here in the Florida area anyway.     The addition of this legendary rum means I have one more tool to create some of the better cocktails from that era.     I'm looking forward to sharing this rum with you at the Rum Bar and I will be doing some work with it at the Rum Lab as well.    This is a tool that will bring many of the everyday drinks like a Rum Runner or a Pina Colada when you add Lemon Hart 151 as a float.

     The Lemon Hart 151 is not "gasoline" like so many other overproof rums, but rather an earthy and old leather flavor premium overproof rum.   Don't be fooled into thinking this is going to be a smooth, woody and complex experience, because it is not.    This is a full blown 151 proof rum with a healthy burn in the back of the throat and an alcohol equivalent of 2 cocktail in one measure.     This doesn't mean that it doesn't have a good flavor though, because it's the flavor that makes it work so well in so many cocktails.     The reappearance of Lemon Hart151 is going to be a great help to the resurgance of the Tiki cocktails that is currently happening all over the world.

     Lemon Hart 151 is still being produced along the Demerara River in Guyana, but now being bottled in Canada.   This is a must addition to your rum cabinet if you are going to be following in the Tiki culture of cocktail mixing.   Enjoy it either at home or stop by the Rum Bar Key West and let me mix you one of the Tiki Cocktails featuring Lemon Hart 151.   ;o)