Archives for February 2012

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Feeling “Rum”antic this Valentine’s Day? Here are a few rum cocktail recipes to spice up your “rum”antic celebration!

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Caribbean Kiss
(makes two – of course!)

4 oz. Dark Rum
2 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Kahlua
4 oz. Cream
Raw Sugar

Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in Kahlùa, then in raw sugar. Shake the spirits and cream with ice, strain into the frosted glass and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

If dinner goes really well, perhaps this could be your after dinner drink?

Between the Sheets
(makes 2)

2 oz Brandy
2 oz Light Rum
2 oz Triple sec
2 oz Lemon juice
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into cocktail glasses.


Love Potion #9
(makes one)
Recipe from Cruzan Rum

1 1/2 parts Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part DeKuyper Coconut Amaretto
3 parts Pineapple Juice

1 part Cranberry Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and pour into a Hurricane glass. Garnish with a pineapple/cherry stack on the rim. 

Happy Valentines Day!

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Island Windjammers

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by….
Sea Fever by John Masefield

For those of you that have followed us for a while, you know that not only do we love beautiful tropical beaches, island vacations and rum, we have also grown to love sailing…so, when we got an invitation to participate in a week long sail on the Tall Ship Diamant through Island Windjammers, we jumped on it! The Diamant sails from Grenada through the Grenadine Islands on a 6 day sail for most of the year, but also offers several longer cruises.

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The Diamant has 6 cabins for 12 guests and a crew of 6. Meals and most beverages are included – and believe me, you are well fed! During our 6 day sail, we covered 144 miles and saw 9 different islands – some of them completely uninhabited. The sailing was incredible, the food was amazing and the sights were…well, indescribable.

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Tobago Cays, The Grenadines

We boarded not knowing any of our fellow passengers or crew, but left with lots of new friends!

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Our shipmates and new friends enjoying some Rum Punch on Happy Island

We took, oh, about 2,000 pictures during our sail and so we thought we’d give you the highlights of our trip through pictures. As they say, take only photographs and leave only footprints!

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Our berth for the week, Cabin #2. Diamant Deck Configuration: Roll your mouse over the diagram to see pictures of cabins.

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A beautiful beach on Carriacou

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Carriacou Sunset

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Princess Margaret Beach – Bequia

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Enjoying  Lobster Pizza at Mac’s in Bequia

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Conch Fritters for Happy Hour

A great cheese plate (complete with jalapeño mice) for the wine and cheese party.

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Had a great time gettin’ happy at Happy Island.

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Kite surfers giving us a show at Happy Island

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Enjoying the cultural walk, er – bar crawl on Mayreau

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Shopping, island style, on Mayreau

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We were treated to a rainbow over Sweezle Time – the name of the new dinghy

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Enjoyed a picnic and an afternoon in the sun in Tobago Cays

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Snorkeling with the turtles in Tobago Cays – awesome experience!

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Captain Nervo demonstrating the proper rope swing dismount. Apparently he’d done this a few times before…

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Every evening during Happy Hour, Brandon served up the infamous Diamant Rum Swizzles (or Sweezles as Capt. Nervo calls them). I asked for Brandon’s recipe and he said, oh, just a bit of this juice and that juice and some rum. Hmmm…code for TOP SECRET RECIPE??  Anyway – they’re delicious!

One last day of sun, sand and snorkeling on beautiful Sandy Island. We look pretty stressed, huh?

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One last sunny sail back to the island of Grenada. Great adventure, great time.
Thank you Island Windjammers!

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Dirty Banana

The first time I experienced a drink called the a Dirty Banana was in Jamaica after spending the day on a Cool Runnings Sail to Dunn’s River Falls. The sail offered endless pours of rum punch and to be honest with you, by the time someone ordered a Dirty Banana cocktail for me later that evening, I was nearly rummed out for the day. I know, what a lightweight. However, the lovely flavor of fresh banana mingled with dark rum and coffee flavored liqueur remained etched in my mind.

Recently one of our Facebook friends asked if we could dig up a recipe for a Dirty Banana that she had enjoyed during a recent vacation to Jamaica. There were many recipes available on the web, but after a bit of testing and tweaking, we settled on the taste of the recipe below. We sprinkled the top of the drink with cinnamon, but allspice could be used as well as a floater of Tia Maria! Enjoy a taste of Jamaica, mon!

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Dirty Banana
(makes 2 servings)

2 oz. Tia Maria
2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. rum cream liqueur
4 oz. milk
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 banana

Fill blender 3/4 way with ice and all ingredients. Blend until thick and smooth. Pour into glasses and sprinkle the top with cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg or add a floater of Tia Maria.


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