Cruzan Rum Desserts at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

As if we hadn’t already had a week full of wonderful experiences and meeting lots of new folks, we got invited by William Anthony Torrillo, who had become a friend of ours on Facebook, to come to the Ritz-Carlton during our last night on St. Thomas to sample some amazing Cruzan Rum Desserts created by Pastry Chef  Kunal Chakrabarti.

Many of you may know William through his amazing island photography that can be found on his website Old Mango – Guide to the Islands. William is also a fantastic chef and even though Chef Kunal was off the night we came, William prepared the Rum Desserts for us.

The Ritz-Carlton is a gorgeous property and we got there early just to look around. The grounds were beautiful and the staff extremely accommodating.  At 8 p.m. we headed over to Great Bay Lounge to begin our Cruzan Rum Dessert experience.

William met us in the lounge with a beautiful welcome platter that included chocolate covered strawberries,  a french meringue cookie and Cruzan Single Barrel Rum…

The second course was a Cruzan Rum Crème Brûlée tasting and included three different Brûlée’s. We were instructed to eat them left to right as the last one had the strongest taste. The three Brûlée’s were:

1. Cruzan Vanilla Rum with Coconut Macaroon
2. Cruzan Mango Rum with Strawberry
3. Cruzan Black Strap Rum with chocolate cake crumble and homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

Well, the Brûlée’s were so tasty that if we weren’t in such a fine establishment, we may have been tempted to pick up the plates and lick them clean, but we remained on our best behavior. After allowing us to let the Brûlée’s settle in, William brought out one last delectable plate. This one was entitled the Cruzan Rum Beignet Plate and consisted of three Coconut filled Beignets with Cruzan Coconut Rum Sauce and a Frappe Shooter made with coffee, espresso, half and half, and  dash of Kahlua.

We enjoyed every moment and taste of the evening and thank William, The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, Chef Kunal and of course Cruzan Rum for such a wonderful experience. If you are staying on St. Thomas, I’d highly recommend going to the Ritz-Carlton to sample the delicious Cruzan Rum Desserts for yourself!!


  1. Those look delicious! I’ll have to try 1 or 2 (hundred!) next time we’re there!