Sunday, August 31, 2014
Sunday Bunch in Havana
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Sugar: An Addictive Drug Like Alcohol and Tobacco?
|Many of the energy bars rely on sugar for the energy|
|Up to 41 grams per liter of sugar|
I guess that when you combine sugar with alcohol, whether it be added to the liquor at the distillery, or you add it to your cocktail you are looking at a double whammy.
My feeling on the subject are very simple, I believe that a limited amount of sugar in your life is fine, it is like so many other things that it is so easy to over indulge on, you need to exercise some self control and use things in moderation rather than being a glutton. For me, I like a good cocktail, but I avoid the ones that have ingredients in the mixes or spirits that are loaded with sugar or even worse high fructose corn syrup. You can get great flavors from the sweetness found naturally in juices and fruits without adding all of the sugar Read your labels, you will be surprised how much sugar is contained in many "healthy" products.
|Fruit Juices more sugar than a candy bar in most cases|
Just keep things in perspective and use your head when it comes to the over use of anything, whether it be alcohol, sugar or anything else. ;o)
Friday, August 29, 2014
Tasting Results From International Rum Conference in Madrid, Spain
Thursday, August 28, 2014
El Presidente: The Lost Cuban Cocktail
This cocktail is believed to have been invented by an American barman at the Jockey Club in Old Havana named Eddie Woelke. During that era, Old Havana was alive with American celebrities, aristocrats and politicians. People Like Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Spencer Tracy and many more would flock to Havana to enjoy the nightlife and legal booze. El Presidente was one of the very popular cocktails of those days, but today it seems to have gotten lost in the era of Vodka and speed bar cocktails.
The El Presidente has all of the true classic ultra premium cocktail hallmarks, the true flavor is only attained when it is made with the proper ingredients, cheap versions just kill its marvelous flavor. Basil Woon, one of the society correspondents of the era call it the "aristocrat of cocktails", and there were many others who were of the same opinion when it came to the El Presidente.
El Presidente (Original Recipe)
Bahama Bob's El Presidente
- 1 1/2 oz. Diplomatico Blanco Rum
- 3/4 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
- 3/4 oz. Dolin de Chambery Dry Vermouth
- 1/2 Tsp. Dekuypers Pomegranate Liqueur
This is a wonderfully dry cocktail, not one for people with a sweet palate, but a very nice and very flavorful one anyway.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Holiday Heart Syndrome
customer of mine from the Tampa area last spring. After a day of drinking and partying here in Key West, he wound up in the hospital with chest pains. This is a very real problem and one that you need to be aware of when you are out partying while on holiday anytime
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Labor Day Weekend is This Week
|Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River|
Here in Key West, Labor Day weekend is going to be a fun one, but in a very different way. It is going to be loaded with people that I will be entertaining and hopefully making there long weekend a little bit more fun. It is different from my experiences when I was young, but it is still Labor Day Weekend and a time for fun no matter how you choose to use the time. You might want to take a cruise on out Prohibition era black boat on this labor day holiday ;)
Monday, August 25, 2014
The 12 Bottle Bar: Your Home Bar Cocktail Guide
, by David and Lesley Solmonson, advises consumers to stock seven spirits, one liqueur, two vermouths and two bitters to create the perfect home bar." It offers a brief history of each spirit style, why it should be included in your bar, and several recipes. There is also a guide at the back of the book on how to serve cocktails and a selection of virgin recipes.
"The 12 Bottle Bar" really makes sense to me for a small house bar. It includes a white and Amber rum, a brandy, dry gin, Genever, rye whiskey, vodka, orange liqueur (triple Sec), dry vermouth, sweet vermouth aromatic bitters and orange bitters.
Genever enables bartenders to work with the authentic flavours of the past to recreate the true classic cocktails the way they were meant to taste. The whisky-like malt tones of Genever make it also perfect to drink it straight, on the rocks, or in ‘regular’ easy mixed cocktail. It adds the malt flavor to cocktails with out using scotch.
I think that this is a perfect starter book for someone to put together a small home bar, and it will surprise you all of the cocktails that you can create with just 12 bottles. ;o)
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Beautiful Day Sharing the Ocean
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Key West Brewing Up for Labor Day Weekend
See the schedule at http://www.keywestbrewfest.com/event-information .
The 5th Annual Key West Brewfest featuring more than 150 different beers, including many http://www.keywestbrewfest.com or call 305-295-6519.
labor Day weekend is always a fun weekend here in Key west and the addition of the Brewfest just adds more color to an already crazy weekend. Hope to see many of you here in Key West over the long holiday weekend. ;o)
Friday, August 22, 2014
Just Hangin' at the Marina
I find that by just laying around the boat and watching all of the birds and the beautiful things that surround me puts my mind back to a place of comfort and stresslessness. Today was one of those days where I needed to just put the body in neutral and just be for a time.
I found myself walking up and down the docks and watching the skies and the glassy water. An unusual flock of "Frigate Birds" appeared over the marina. I find them so fascinating, I have seen them in Mexico, the Virgin Islands and many other tropical places and they never cease to amaze me. They look like something out of Jurassic Park, and turn out to be incredible fishermen as well. Local fishermen will watch for them overhead as a sign of a school of fish and a place to anchor.
As the day slips away into the evening the sky again puts on another display of artistry as the sun begins to head for the horizon and turn this day of bliss into night. ;o)
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Periodista: What?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Different Alcohols Are the Drunks Really Different?
did a great job of looking into the subject. I found it to be very interesting, and I hope that you do as well.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Reviving Old Classics with Rum
- 2 1/2 oz. Doorly's XO Rum
- 1 oz. of Extra Dry Vermouth
- 2 Dashes of Fee Bros. Bitters
- 1 1/2 oz. Plantation 20th Anniversary Rum
- 3/4 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Rum Old Fashion
2 1/2 oz. Pampero Aniversario Rum
3 dashes of Fee Brothers Bitters
1 cube of Sugar
1 tsp. water
In an Old Fashion Glass, muddle sugar, bitters and water until sugar has dissolved, add rum and fill glass with ice. Garnish with an Orange peel.
Monday, August 18, 2014
"From Jamaica With Love"
This campaign is the first since Gruppo Campari took over distribution of Appleton in 2013. This is the first major new marketing campaign for Appleton Estate in some time. The campaign was officially announced on 6 August in conjunction with the Jamaica Independence Day. The day was commemorated by Appleton Estate in 2012 with the introduction of the 50 year old Appleton Estate Rum that commemorated 50 years of Jamaican Independence. The video of the ad is very good and shows the real Jamaica and a great promotion for the rum.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Brilliant Sunsets of August, So Exciting to See
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Today is National Rum Day
I thought this trough pretty thoroughly and here are the top 14 rums for enjoyment at a realistic price well except for the Ultra Premium Rums.
Mixing White Rum: Ron Llave Blanco
Premium White Rum: Matusalem Platino
Mixing Dark Rum: El Dorado Dark
Premium Mixing Dark: Flor de Cana 7 Year Old
Mixing Spiced Rum: Bacardi Oakheart
Premium Spiced Rum: Siesta Key Spiced
Mixing Flavored Rums: Cruzan
Premium Flavored Rums: Brinly's Gold Shipwreck
Mixing Overproof: Wray and Nephew Overproof
Premium Overproof: Plantation Trinidad Overproof
Sipping Rum: Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
Sipping Rum: Angostura No. 1
Premium Sipping Rum: Doorly's XO
Ultra Premium Rum Origenes 30 Year Old
These for the most part are readily available in most states at the corner liquor store if there is a rum selection there.
In general the mixing rums are for everyday bar use and the premium for those very special cocktails that you can brag about at your parties at home. I hope that you enjoy National Rum Day today as much as I plan to. ;o)
Friday, August 15, 2014
What Could Go Wrong with This?
This seems like a very interesting concept, that could do very well in larger cities. In fact there might be a pretty big market for such an enterprise. Today we have strippers that show up, so why not alcohol and foxy male or female models to liven up your party or whatever. ;o)