FOOD 101: Rum Facts For National Rum Day

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum: August 16th is National Rum Day. (Here’s the pirate song, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.) Many thanks to Pat Croce’s Rum Barrel sports bar and grill in Key West (now closed, alas) for much of this information.     WHAT IS RUM? Everyone who knows the word…
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PRODUCT: Rum’s The Word At Appleton Estates

How about a great bottle of rum for Father’s Day? Take a look at Appleton Estate rums, a line so fine that the brand doesn’t even make an unaged white/silver rum*. Most Americans have only known about rum since Prohibition, but in the Caribbean it’s been around since the 17th century. It’s light and cheerful,…
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RECIPES: Top Rum Cocktails For A Party

[1] The Daiquiri, invented by an American engineer in Cuba (photo courtesy TemperedSpirits.com). [2] The Sidecar, made with dark rum (photo courtesy Hyatt Regency| LA). [3] Our favorite rum cocktail is the Banana Daiquiri. Here’s a recipe from CookingWithCurls.com*.   August 16th is National Rum Day. This year it’s on a Tuesday, but that’s not…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sipping Rum

Rum is a new world spirit, initially distilled by slaves on Caribbean sugar cane plantations. The distilled rum can be drunk in its clear state (white or blanco rum), or aged in oak barrels for various lengths of time, the process of which creates the different types of rum. Why is one blanco (or añejo,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sip Some Aged Rum

The Caribbean is home to rum, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugar cane. The clear distillate is then aged in oak barrels for various lengths of time, the process that creates the different types of rum. Your acquaintance with rum may be via a Daiquiri, Hurricane, Mojito, Piña Colada or Rum and Coke (a.k.a.…
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