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The Slimer

Still looking for a Halloween cocktail that you can serve when you have friends for dinner…er…I mean have friends over for dinner? (insert evil laugh…) You might enjoy this one called The Slimer. Now for those of  you who saw the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984, you probably will recall the cute little green thing made of ectoplasm who left a trail of slime everywhere he went. Anyway – this cocktail may be green, but it ain’t too slimy – thank goodness.

So – mix yourself up a batch this Halloween and prepare to be slimed (or to perhaps get slimed if you drink too many?)

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The Slimer
(makes one)

2 oz. light rum
Green soda or energy drink (we used Mountain Dew)
Eyeballs (frozen grapes – peeled, if you want)

Shake the rum and green soda or energy drink with ice and strain into a glass over  Eyeballs (frozen grapes).

This can easily be made in larger quantities and served from a punch bowl.

 

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Spiced Rum Cupcakes

So, I spotted this recipe for Spiced Rum Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting the other day and since I couldn’t find anyone close that would bake them for me, I decided I’d have to bake them myself and headed to the store for the ingredients. It wasn’t a hard recipe to put together – even for someone that doesn’t do a ton of baking and well, they were REALLY good. So good in fact that I may bring them to a holiday party this year – IF I can make another batch and not eat them all before we get there! Thanks Baking Serendipity for the recipe!

Spiced Rum Cupcakes
Spiced Rum Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

recipe adapted from Cupcake Project

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup spiced rum

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda, salt and sugar. Stir to combine. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk pumpkin eggs, canola oil and rum. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined. Spoon batter into greased muffin tin. (You’ll fill each cup a solid 3/4 of the way full to make 12 cupcakes.) Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
recipe from Cupcake Project

8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in vanilla and cinnamon with last 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Refrigerate any leftover frosting.

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Spiced Rum Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
  • Cupcakes: 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup spiced rum
  • Frosting: 8 oz cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Cupcakes: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda, salt and sugar. Stir to combine. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk pumpkin eggs, canola oil and rum. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir just until combined. Spoon batter into greased muffin tin. (You’ll fill each cup a solid ¾ of the way full to make 12 cupcakes.) Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely before frosting.
  2. Frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in vanilla and cinnamon with last ½ cup of powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Refrigerate any leftover frosting.

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The Sunset Cruz

As the leaves begin to fall and the temps drop, I get the urge to try some of the heavier or warmer rum drinks that I’ve run across over the summer. One such drink, The Sunset Cruz, created by Carlton Grooms, was shown being prepared on a video posted on Coastlines & Tanlines. It makes use of rum cream – which is actually quite enjoyable and decadent by itself over ice. This recipe, however, adds coconut water and coconut rum. So, as I turned on the heater in the Rum Therapy kitchen for the first time this season, I assembled the ingredients for this rich and creamy rum drink.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find the Aztec Chocolate Bitters that were used in the video and so just substituted a sprinkling of unsweetened chocolate. I’ll have to compare the taste to the chocolate bitters when I can find them.

The recipe is rich and creamy, yet with just a touch of the tropics. I liked it so much that I might even substitute it for a glass of spiked eggnog during the holiday season. Cheers!~

The Sunset Cruz

2 oz. rum cream
1 oz. Cruzan Coconut Rum
2 oz. coconut water
fresh shredded coconut
Aztec chocolate bitters

Vigorously shake the rum cream, coconut rum, coconut water and ice until frothy. Strain into a glass. Sprinkle with shredded coconut and Aztec chocolate bitters. Enjoy!

The Perfect Mojito

What makes a perfect mojito? When you look on the web, there’s more mojito recipes than you can shake a muddler at.  So what is it? The type of rum used? The amount of mint? The setting?

I had my first mojito in an airport. I know – odd place, but it was in the Miami airport on a layover for a flight to the Caribbean. We were in the mood to get the Caribbean party started and walked past a Bacardi kiosk with a very long line of people waiting for the only drink they were fixing…a mojito. We thought with that long of line the tropical concoction must be good, so we pulled up and eagerly waited to give a mojito a try.

We watched as the bartenders meticulously muddled the mint and lime, added simple syrup and the rum, poured it into a tall glass, added a little club soda and garnished with a stick of sugarcane. After shelling out $12.00 for each drink, we grabbed ours and eagerly took our first whiff. Ahhh…so minty and fresh smelling. After one sip, we were hooked and ended up purchasing an additional one or two before heading for our flight. Every time we find ourselves in the Miami airport now we go looking for that Bacardi Mojito Kiosk!

We’ve tried many recipes for mojitos since that first taste of one in the airport and truthfully, many are really good. But for some reason, the taste of that first mojito is the one that will always be our favorite and reminds us every time of the excitement we feel when heading south for vacation and a little Rum Therapy…

Mojito Rum Recipe
The Perfect Mojito
(makes one)

1 ½ oz BACARDI Superior Rum
Club Soda
12 mint leaves
½ lime
2 tbsp simple syrup
(1 tbsp sugar can be used instead of the simple syrup. If using sugar, muddle it in the first step with the mint leaves and lime)

Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves and 1/2 a lime. Cover with 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup and top with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz of BACARDI Superior Rum and top with Club Soda. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint (and a stick of sugarcane if you can find it!)

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The Perfect Mojito
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ oz BACARDI Superior Rum
  • Club Soda
  • 12 mint leaves
  • ½ lime
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • (1 tbsp sugar can be used instead of the simple syrup. If using sugar, muddle it in the first step with the mint leaves and lime)
Instructions
  1. Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves and ½ a lime. Cover with 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup and top with ice. Add 1½ oz of BACARDI Superior Rum and top with Club Soda. Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint (and a stick of sugarcane if you can find it!)


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Rum Therapy On St. Croix

Last spring we had the opportunity to go to St. Croix for the first time. We’d spent some time in the two other US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. John, but had not yet gotten to venture a little farther south to the sunny shores of St. Croix.

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After just a week, St. Croix quickly became a new favorite destination. It’s the largest of the three islands but has about the same number of residents as smaller St. Thomas. The pace on St. Croix is decidedly relaxed, the people are warm and friendly and you can either find a quiet beach, relax and do nothing or be as busy as you want with activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, hiking and enjoying stunning scenery, great bars, music, restaurants and shops.

We’ve determined that one week on St. Croix is not nearly enough to truly experience this Caribbean gem, but until we can go and stay longer, we’ll share with you the things we’ve experienced so far that we think shouldn’t be missed! Click on the links for more pictures and info.

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 1. Cruzan Rum Factory Tour – if you enjoy rum, this is a must see. Interesting tour and a rum drink at the end!

2. Drive to Point Udall – the eastern most point in the US.  – beautiful vistas.

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From Point
Udall, hike down to Jack’s and Issac’s Beach at  sunrise…

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3. Sail to, snorkel and explore Buck Island. (See Turtle Beach, Buck Island and Snorkeling at Buck Island) Great snorkeling, an underwater snorkel trail, hiking and an amazing powder soft beach.

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4. Enjoy the wonderful Cruzan Rum drinks available everywhere on the island!

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 5. Explore Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted and other historic buildings in the area to learn some of the the history of the island.

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Be sure to spend time walking around Christiansted shopping, exploring and enjoying some of the great restaurants and bars. Join the fun at the Crab Races in Christiansted and the Divi Resort on the SE side.

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6. Head to the northwest part of the island and hike one of the trails in St. Croix’s rainforest. Stop by the Mt. Pellier Domino Club for a cool drink, visit with some of the locals and feed a can of beer to one of the famous “beer drinking pigs”. (Read more about out visit to Mt. Pellier Domino Club here: Mt. Pellier Domino Club)

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7. Spend some time in Fredriksted and check out the pier where the cruise ships dock. Snorkel, dive, jump off the pier or just enjoy a spectacular sunset. Head over to nearby Coconuts on the Beach and Rhythms at Rainbow Beach to enjoy a cold beverage and live music.

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8. Spend a lazy day at Sandy Point. One of the prettiest beaches on the island and the location of the beach scene in “The Shawshank Redemption”.

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9. Enjoy “life in the left lane”. Rent a jeep to explore the entire island and drive on the left side of the road – from the left side of the jeep!

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10. Take a day trip to St. Thomas or Puerto Rico by seaplane.

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Whatever you do or however long your visit, be sure to slow down, relax and take advantage of all that St. Croix has to offer!

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See our St. Croix Map for locations of these attractions


To see more posts on St. Croix and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

 

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