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Rum Guide & RecipesJanuary 31, 2018

Being from the Caribbean we are partial to our rum.  Every island has it’s own brand and, in the course of a lifetime, we have come to know most.  In the Virgin Islands Cruzan is the rum of choice.  We’ll take a Cruzan and coke (also known as a Cuba Libre) with a generous twist of lime almost anytime.  

The French islands distill their rum using the rhum agricole method which delivers a purer but stronger finished product.  We love the Depaz VSOP which is an aged dark rum  Perfect over the rocks.  Add a generous twist of lime and a measure of simple syrup for a Ti Punch, which is the most common way to enjoy rum in Martinique or Guadeloupe.

Our current favorite cocktail is a rum sour. Combine the juice of 2 limes and a lemon then pour a measure into a shaker.  Add almost the same amount of simple syrup and then two measures of rum plus a dash or two of Angostura bitters.  Add ice and shake vigorously.  Pour into a tumbler with more ice and garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.   As a variation you can add a dash of fresh squeezed OJ with the lemon and lime juice.  We like this with Zacapa 23 year old rum which has a smooth and smoky flavor. Cheers!

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