Bahama Bob's Rumstyles
Thursday, March 23, 2017
National Cocktail Day is observed on Friday, March 24th, 2017. It has been observed annually on March 24th since 2014.
following cocktail recipes? And as always, please drink responsibly.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Working on the house again up here in the cold town of Mooresville, North Carolina. As we Finished up the day working down next to the lake fixing up the dock, I felt like a nice hot rum drink would be in order for the evening to take the chill off of the body.
I immediately thought about the warmth of Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum with it’s 109 proof strength would be perfect to make a warming cocktail. Grog is always good, but with a little bit of fooling around with the recipe it would be a perfect cold night warmer.
Bahama Bob’s Grog Mix
For 1 drink
- 1/3 Cup of Water
- 1/3 Cup of Demerara Sugar
- 1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
Place water and sugar into a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to about 120 degrees and stir for about 3 minutes at a very slow boil. Pour the hot mix into the coffee cup and continue with the drink making
Bahama Bob’s Hot Grog Drink
- 2 oz. Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof Rum
- ½ oz. Lime Juice
- ¼ oz. Lemon Juice
- ½ Cup Bahama Bob’s Grog Mix
- Top up with Steaming Hot Water
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the 2017 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival on April 22nd and 23rd, it is probably a good idea to do so soon. They sell quickly and they are not available at the door, so get on line and get your tickets now. Get your tickets at http://www.miamirumfest.com/tickets/ .
This year’s event features events for the Rum Enthusiasts, people in the trade, and those just interested in learning about rum with the Celebrity Seminars. This is an e vent that has something for people in all phases of the rum world. Don’t miss the VIP Tasting Bar for a chance to try some of the rarest rums anywhere. Meet with the people that produce the rums you love and get to know about others as well. Below is a full schedule of events for the weekend.
Saturday, April 22
Sunday, April 23
· Grand Tasting
· Grand Tasting
Rum Fest Closes
Rum Fest Closes
Put these dates on your calendar and get your tickets so you won’t be one of those that finds themselves wishing they had gone. I’ll see you there both days.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Off to Mooresville, North Carolina again this morning. Another week and a half worth of work left to get the house on the market. This trip I'm lucky enough to have the company of my lovely wife, Marta going up there.
|View from Living Room|
Looking forward to getting the last of the projects completed and putting the place on the market. My Realtor tells me that the market is good now and it is a perfect time to get it on the market and sold. I feel like I'm on one of those refurbishing shows on TV, my friend Mike Cole is telling us what has to be done to make it ready to sell, so we've been on it for nearly a month now and I'm looking forward to having the project done on this trip.
Dock work, bathroom vanity replacement, little projects finished up, and getting the cleaners in there to put the finishing touch on everything as I pack the car up for my return to the Keys in about a week and a half.
I really excited how the place has progressed into today's styles and looking forward to seeing how the potential buyers react to the place.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
I visited the soon to be opened Hemingway Rum Company Distillery in Key West on Thursday, and seeing all of the Hemingway memorabilia, reminded me of seeing some very old pictures of Pilar and the boat itself while I was in Cuba. Visiting Cohimar and San Francisco de Paula gave me an opportunity to see Pilar and all of the places that Hemingway spent time on his beloved fishing boat.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Alcohol Nutrition and Ingredients Labeling: Can the Alcoholic Beverage Industry Rise to the Challenge?
Momentum for nutrition and ingredients labeling on alcoholic beverages has been increasing for some time now. On Monday (March 13) the European Commission released its long-awaited report on nutritional and ingredients labeling for alcoholic beverages. It did not insist on mandatory labeling,
but instead challenged the industry to come up with a harmonized self-regulatory proposal on providing information on ingredients and nutrition on all alcoholic beverages within a year.
|The "Standard Drinks"|
But does what works for a glass of wine work for a pint of beer? And what about a shot of spirits? Could this prove to be more than a pint-sized challenge? The key questions now will include what the reference point should be per serve, or by a set volume? The other question is which way is the best way to communicate such information to consumers?
The funny thing is that this question was answered some number of years ago, when the “Standard Drink” was created. This idea provides the customer with the same amount of alcohol no matter if you are drinking beer or 151 proof spirits. The system says that 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. wine or 1 ½ oz. of 80 proof spirits all have the same amount of pure alcohol. The calories should be based on what people are being served, that way they can understand the number of calories per “standard drink”. Consumers are increasingly conscious of health and wellness and what they are eating and drinking. Health and wellness trend is relevant for the alcoholic beverage industry as well as the food industry. 'Skinny cocktails' and low alcohol beers are seeing increased interest. To many consumers, calorie counts are just as important in the evening as they are during the day.
|Spirit vs Wine Lsaaabel|
Combining all alcoholic beverages to the same volume seems like a straight-forward logic is potentially problematic, people don’t receive the different alcoholic beverages in a set amount and presenting dietary information is a set volume would do nothing but confuse the public. Calories per serve for instance, based on Dietary Guidelines, the calorie count for each drink-equivalent is: A 1.5 oz. of distilled spirits (40 percent alcohol) is 98 calories, 12 oz. regular beer (5 percent alcohol) is about 150 calories and 5 oz. drink of wine (12 percent alcohol) is about 120 calories. This is how Americans receive their beverages and I feel like this is the basis for which the nutrition labels need to present the data.
There are valid arguments for both sides of the question, but when it is all said and done, in food they present the information in calories etc. per serving and at least here in America, that is what we are used to and why should the presentation change for the alcoholic beverage industry.
Friday, March 17, 2017
|3 Liter Barrel|
|Chianti Wine Expression|
The Chianti chip expression is taking on a definite red color and the Chianti flavors are coming through. Remembering that this is a "virgin" barrel and really working on the rum quickly. The Chianti is a strong fruity wine that is quite dry and is adding a very interesting flavor to the high wine. This is going to be a very red rum that will have definite notes of the Chianti.
I feel that because this is a small, virgin barrel, it will mature the
|Rhine Wine Expression|
|6 Liter Barrel|
Follow with me and I'll keep you up to day as the maturation of this rum continues and how each of them are progressing.