Okay, let’s be real: when you think of punch, you probably think of sugary (spiked) prom drinks, or a myriad of mixers served out of a plastic trash bin at a frat party. However, in time for National Punch Day this Friday, September 20, you should know that re-vamped punches are making a name for themselves as modern cocktails. In fact, it became clear at the most recent Tales of the Cocktail Convention in New Orleans that “punch is back.”
Though it is unclear where the word “rum” originated from, it is certainly true how versatile and sexy this liquid is. You’ll find it at every bar and mostly every party – it is a hot number when prepared with sugary bananas Foster or taking the hourglass shape of a seductive red Daiquiri. Rum is hands down a chameleon in alcohol form, mastering the ‘life of the party’ roll wherever it attends.
This national holiday declares everyone to broaden his or her rum perspective. Celebrate National Rum Day today by honoring the grandest rums around the world, taking your palate on an awesome and lively adventure. Our guide to the most delicious rum cocktails will make any soirée the party of the century. So, ladies and gents, commemorate your rum right this holiday!
It's important to go all-out for National Rum Day as it only comes once a year and it's a great excuse to drink in excess.
Try out one of the awesome recipes listed below, or check out some NYC haunts that are serving up rum cocktails in honor of this very special day!Barrio 47 will be serving the Tamarind Dark & Stormy; Goslings dark rum, housemade ginger beer, lime juice, dash of Angostura aromatic bitters, topped with rosemary rum mousse ($14)and the Barrio Especial; Mount Gay Barbados rum infused with lemongrass & vanilla bean, passion fruit purée and lemon sugar ($14)
There's a new contender in the quality rum scene - Caliche Rum. This new liquor is a product collaboration between Roberto Serralles of Destileria Serralles and Rande Gerber. Destileria Serrales is a renowned sixth-generation family owned rum business that has been producing the world's leading rums for over 145 years, including DonQ. Rande Gerber is not new to the scene either, as he is a prominent hospitality and nightlife impresario (not to mention the spouse of supermodel Cindy Crawford).
Nowadays you can’t go to a bar without seeing an array of Pinnacle Vodka bottles. Pinnacle comes in 30 different flavors (including vodka flavored vodka). Pinnacle isn’t alone. All the major vodka companies, Three Olives, Absolut, and others have flavored vodkas that have branched away from simple fruit-infused flavors. Our cocktail menu has become inundated with cake vodka, cookie dough vodka, and everyone’s favorite whipped cream vodka. Even something as timeless as a highball glass full of whiskey can be bacon-infused. The infused liquor trend is bound to continue as companies try to out do their competition with more creative, and most likely strange, flavors. Imagine Willy Wonkas’ 3-course chewing gum was in liquor form. Why eat when you can knock back some shots instead? Your other choice is to eat actual foods that are prepared by adding liquor to their recipes. No matter your DOC (drink of choice), unless you regularly drink Three Olives Bubble Gum, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal or snack using whatever liquor wets your whistle best.
Imagine a microcosmic version of EPCOT except less crowded and without screaming kids and creepy adults dressed as cartoon characters. You could truly drink around the world and discover a variety of flavors straight from the vine last weekend at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The 10th Anniversary Miami International Wine Fair went far beyond your typical wine tasting to include spirits, food, accessories and cigars. Winemakers brought bottles from Argentina, Chile, France, Spain and even emerging wine markets like Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Portugal. They occupied dozens of booths roughly organized by region, ready to serve their samples and talk shop with business owners and distributors. Many wines were available exclusively at the fair, and haven't yet hit the market.
Sip and smoke to your heart’s content at the first annual Tobacco & Rum Festival. This event is being presented in collaboration with the 10th annual Miami International Wine Fair and will make its debut on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at downtown’s TEMPO Miami, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.
Cigar Snob magazine is also partnering with the festival to bring you more than 20 cigar brands alongside a variety of 20 different rums from the Caribbean, Central America and South America. Guests will enjoy live music while learning to pair cigars with rums for the finest flavor combinations. Attendees will also get to take home a swanky souvenir bag used to collect and keep cigars and mini bottle samples.
Hey, it's almost Labor Day weekend! Sure, pirates have NOTHING to do with Labor Day. In fact, it's the exact opposite, given they don't work, just pillage. But we found this extensive list of pirate drinks and it's cool regardless. So pirate drinks for Labor Day, because, why not!?
Thanks to Talk Like a Pirate for this incredible list. Arrrrrgggh matey!
8-12oz Green Apple Soda (Jones soda preferred)
1 shot of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Mix Green Apple Soda and Rum in a tall glass, garnish with cinnamon and lime peel. If cinnamon stick is not an option, add a small pinch of cinnamon to the drink
Rum is generally the least pretentious of cocktails—its first association is usually the thought of a fruity cocktail enjoyed poolside rather than an upscale lounge drink poured with artful precision. Rare is the occasion when a person swishes rum around his or her mouth then comments on subtle flavor notes and length of aging.
Rum Bar embraces this attitude despite possessing everything needed to shed it—namely 200 varieties of rum and superb bartenders. Their choice to embrace the naturally festive atmosphere of rum was a smart one. The result is the best combination of lively atmosphere, sleek décor, and refreshing cocktails in Rittenhouse Square.
Mardi Gras: the time to gorge yourself on all your vices. After you gulp down those drinks, you'll need to stuff yourself with something more substantial than an alcoholic beverage.
Enter: King’s Cake.
The Mardi Gras dessert, this cake features icing, bread, and a special surprise inside. However, another great tradition from New Orleans is Banana Fosters.
Below, Joonbug offers you a twist on this holiday staple. Bake, devour, enjoy.
Going Bananas Cake (Bananas Foster Upside-Down Cake)
5 tablespoons melted butter
2 bananas – sliced