Archives for July 2012

Peach Daiquiri

Oh my gosh this one is good. we like a peach or two each year when they are really in season, and after picking up a few really good looking ones from the store yesterday, we wondered about using them in a Daiquiri. There are a few recipes that sounded pretty good on the internet, but we opted for something easy and this recipe variation was just that. Cold and refreshing, it definitely tastes like summertime! Enjoy!

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Peach Daiquiri

(makes 2)

4 oz. gold rum
1 large ripe peach (unpeeled and cut in chunks)
1/2 can frozen lemonade mix
1 – 2 cups ice

Put rum, pieces of peach, and lemonade mix in blender and mix until the peach is blended. Add ice a little at a time and blend until thick and frosty. Pour into glasses and garnish with a slice of peach if you’d like!


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Cruzan Beach Umbrella

Always on the lookout for new rum concoctions to try, we thought this recipe from Cruzan Rum would be worthy of a mix – not only because of the ingredients, but the beachy name! The citrus flavors are wonderful summertime quenchers and the Cruzan Orange Rum and orange juice compliment the bold flavor of the Cruzan Blackstrap float. So pour one up, head to the beach and enjoy a taste of summertime!!

Cruzan Beach Umbrella
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(makes 1)

1 part Cruzan Orange Rum
1  1/2 part Cruzan Light Aged Rum
1 part orange juice
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup
1/4 – 1/2 part Cruzan Blackstrap Rum Float
Cinnamon

Combine Orange Rum, Light Aged Rum, orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup over ice in a tumbler and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into a rocks glass, add the Blackstrap float and sprinkle with cinnamon. Garnish with an orange and/or lime slice if wanted.

Kiwi Mojitos

Why not? I love kiwi and I love mojitos, so why not a kiwi mojito? We experimented with this one a couple of times before coming up with this combination. If you like your mojitos sweeter, add a little more agave nectar or add 1/2 tsp. sugar to the mint leaves and agave sugar when you muddle. Kiwis add a few little seeds to the mix when you puree them, so be sure to strain or partially the mixture while pouring in a glass if you don’t care for the seeds. Enjoy!

Kiwi Mojitos
(serves 2)

3 – 4 oz. white rum
2 ripe Kiwi’s
1.5 Tbsp Agave Nectar
12 mint leaves
splash of lime juice
Club Soda
Mint and kiwi wheels for garnish

Gently muddle mint leaves with agave syrup and splash of lime. Set aside. In a blender or food processor, puree the kiwis and the rum. Gently fold in the mint, agave and lime.

Pour into a rocks glass with ice and fill to the top of the glass with club soda. Garnish with mint and a kiwi wheel.

Dirty Pirate Poptails

Yesterday afternoon I had a fun photo shoot with a bunch of Dirty Pirates – argggg! Dirty Pirate Poptails that is!

Poptail is a term coined by the people behind a website called Endless Simmer. “Like popsicles? Love cocktails? What’s not to like about a pop-tail?” I’ve seen the recipe for these from Endless Simmer floating around for several weeks now, and yesterday alone, I saw the link shared on 4 or 5 Facebook pages. So, several days ago, we thought we’d mix up and freeze a batch and see if freezing rum actually worked and if they were really as good and refreshing as they look on Endless Simmer’s website. Let me tell ya – they are tasty little things and just great for a hot summer day – perhaps by the beach or pool. Do they freeze as had as water? No – so be sure to have a plate or napkin ready as you enjoy them.

See other Endless Simmer “Poptail” recipes here: Endless Poptails

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Dirty Pirate Popsicles
(from Endless Simmer)

2 1/2 c.Coke
1/3 c. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 c. Kahlua
Place all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.

Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

If you buy a set of popsicle mold that have the stick attached to the lid (such as these – Tovolo Star Ice Pop Molds, Set of 6, Green) just pour the liquid in the mold and freeze overnight)

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Rum Therapy in Turks and Caicos

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The promise of beaches like the one above caused us to book our first trip to Turks and Caicos a few years ago.

In researching Turks and Caicos, we found that some cays and islands had fantastic high end resorts (Parrot Cay) and some were very quiet with very little tourist traffic. We really wanted to experience a week “off of the grid” and as we were traveling with 4 other adults, we also wanted to find a place large enough to comfortably accommodate 6 on the beach. We ran across a villa rental on North Caicos and thought it might fit the bill. It did.

We flew in to Providenciales, gathered our luggage, hailed a taxi, stopped at a grocery store in Provo before catching the ferry (we read that groceries were quite limited in North Caicos) and caught the ferry to North Caicos.

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The ferry arriving in Provo

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We rented a car in North Caicos for the week. Quite the feat to drive on the right side of the car on the left side of the road, but a car was really necessary and luckily there’s n0t much traffic at all on North Caicos.

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Our villa was located off the main road (see above) and road signs are scarce on North Caicos, so fortunately we had plenty of sunshine left to find our villa.

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The villa was right on beautiful Whitby Beach and we took advantage of the amazing view every day – and night.

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So what did we do for a week? Let me tell  you!

Beaches
The beaches we visited on Turks and Caicos beaches are indescribable. The sand was soft and white… Most beaches on the north side had extremely sandy bottoms and we could walk many feet into the ocean before there was a drop off. On North Caicos we rarely saw another person on the beach and conch shells were everywhere!

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Snorkeling and Shelling
We took an excursion and spent the day snorkeling and shelling. Our captain took us out to a reef where the snorkeling was excellent with vibrantly colored fish and coral. We stopped at a deserted Cay to do some shelling and were amazed to find hundreds of unbroken sun bleached white sand dollars of all sizes.

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We made one more stop at Little Water Cay – a nature reserve, to check out the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.

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Exploring other Islands
Middle Caicos

We took a day trip and drove to Middle Caicos which is connected to North Caicos by a causeway. Middle Caicos looks entirely different than North Caicos and we thought parts of the Beach Cave Trail looked a wee bit like Ireland!

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Providenciales
Provo is the most populated island of  the T&C chain and home to Grace Bay Beach, frequently named as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It’s an easy ferry ride from Provo to North Caicos and we spent the day shopping, enjoying a few beverages and walking Grace Bay Beach.

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Relaxing
This was our week to get “off the grid” and it didn’t take long to get on island time. No internet access and limited cell phone coverage was a little strange at first, but by the end of the week we were lovin’ it. It gave us plenty of time to do this:

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and lots of this…

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Odds and Ends

Just a few other things we enjoyed during our time in T&C.

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Great dock to watch the sunrise and sunset on Horsestable Beach.

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Excellent Caribbean Lobster dinner with Karen at the Silver Palm Restaurant – North Caicos

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Conch, conch and more delicious conch at Miss B’s Island Hut – North Caicos


Finally finding (after several failed attempts) and snorkeling at Three Mary Cays in North Caicos

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One thing that every trip we take to the islands teaches us is that you can never see and do all there is to see and do on an island in just one week.
Our first trip to Turks and Caicos proved that to be true once again. Although we saw A LOT, did A LOT and relaxed A LOT (Yes, we enjoyed a good bit of Rum Therapy there!), we really only saw a fraction of what these beautiful islands have to offer and hope we’ll have the opportunity to return someday to see much more…

 

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Coconut Old Fashioned

Ready for a classy new cocktail? This twist on a classic from the people at Cruzan Rum highlights the flavor of Cruzan Single Barrel with just a hint of coconut (using coconut water ice cubes!) and citrus. Great to serve during a small cocktail party!

Cruzan Coconut Old Fashioned
(makes one)

2 oz. Cruzan Single Barrel Rum
1/2  oz. simple syrup
3 dashes bitters
Orange Peel
Coconut Water Ice Cubes (strain a can of coconut water into an ice cube tray and freeze for several hours)

Cut a wide swath of orange peel and lightly press it in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add rum, syrup and bitters. Now drop in a few Coconut Water Ice Cubes and stir gently.

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You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…

It’s no secret that we here at Rum Therapy do indeed have a tropical obsession…so  much so that we actually are willing to “work” to make our tropical obsession our profession. But just what are the signs of a tropical obsession? If you answer yes to any of these, you may have it. Not that having a tropical obsession is a bad thing – and we’re here to help fuel your obsession with pictures and ideas of what to see and do in the tropics. So whenever you find yourself day dreaming about a beautiful beach and a piña colada, just stop by for a visit. Our pictures of the islands and drink recipes will give you all the therapy you need to make it through your day!

You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…

1. You see a picture of a beautiful beach on the computer and you drool just a little. Kind of like Pavlov’s dog – you can’t help it.

2. You find yourself planning your next tropical vacation the day you get back from the last one.

3. A hammock with an ocean view sounds so much more relaxing than a cushiony pillow top bed in your own home.

4. Just the thought of a Painkiller on the beach can get you through a Monday.

5. If you close your eyes, look up and imagine yourself on a sugar soft sand beach, you can almost feel the sun on your face and a soft tropical breeze blowing – even in the middle of winter.

6. You get a little teary every time Kenny Chesney’s song “Be As You Are” plays.

7. You can finish this entire verse from Jimmy Buffet’s song “Margaritaville”:

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8. You feel like commenting “Oh, I REALLY need this” on every beautiful beach and frosty rum concoction picture posted on Facebook.

9. The thought of traveling with your in-laws is actually tolerable if it will include beach time…and rum.

10. You have a sign that says “It’s 5:00 Somewhere” hanging from your tiki bar in the backyard…


And the number one way to tell if you might have a tropical obsession?

You feel that flip flops are a perfectly acceptable form of footwear…year round!

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Let us know if you have a Tropical Obsession too!

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Rum Therapy In Kauai

A few years ago, we were lucky enough to spend a week on the island of Kauai. This misty, aromatic, lush island with almost surreal scenery was magical.

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From the beautiful sunny beaches in Poipu, to Mount Waiʻaleʻale, one of the rainiest spots on earth, Kauai has a tremendous variety of places to discover and enjoy. Our week there was a mixture of excitement and total relaxation – just what we look for in a great vacation.

Just what did we experience? Well, we’ll show you!
We flew into the Lihue Airport, rented a Jeep and set off for the north side of the island to Princeville. Click here for a Kauai Map.

Beaches
On our way to Princeville, we stopped to scope out a few beaches. We saw nearly deserted stretches of golden and bronze sand just waiting for a set of fresh footprints. We of course obliged.Resort in

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Flowers and Foliage
Upon checking into our resort we were taken aback by the lushness of the foliage surrounding us and the beautiful flowers and treesFrom then on we had no doubt why Kauai had earned the nickname “The Garden Isle”
(Bird of Paradise, Foliage around our resort, Rainbow Eucalyptus Bark)

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Waterfalls

Kauai is a land of amazing waterfalls. I mean AMAZING. Some of them have even been filmed in the opening of The TV show Fantasy Island and the movie Jurassic Park. You can drive to see Wailua Falls (Fantasy Island) and the others we saw while on an incredible helicopter ride – some were on the inside of a volcano!!

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Na Pali Coast
Is there a more spectacular place on earth? The Na Pali Coast is a 15 mile stretch of unbelievably beautiful rugged coast on Kauai’s northwest side. There are no roads on the Na Pali Coast and you can only experience it by hiking, boating or helicopter. We were there during the winter when the north side experiences rough water, so we opted to experience the Na Pali Coast by hiking and helicopter. Both offered a unique and unforgettable experience.

Hiking the Na Pali Coast
We drove to Ha’ena State Park where the Trailhead for the Kalalau Trail is located. The Kalalau Trail is an 11 mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach on the Na Pali Coast. Na Pali apparently means “The Cliffs’ in Hawaiian and pretty soon after starting the hike, we saw how it earned its name. The trail is steep and rocky in parts, but SO worth the effort. We encountered this part towards the start of the trail, but it leveled out a bit after that.

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We only made it to Hanakapiai Beach ( 4 miles round-trip).

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We hoped to make it to the waterfalls (an additional 2 miles up AND back), but found we didn’t bring enough water to chance it. With the elevation changes and rough trail, the hike to Hanakapiai was about all we could handle that day and returned to our resort for a poolside massage….
Find out more about our Na Pali Coast Hike here: Na Pali Coast Hike

Doorless Helicopter Ride
Seeing Kauai by helicopter is an experience we will never forget. The fact that I was able to be talked into taking a DOORLESS helicopter ride still amazes me, but I would do it again in a heartbeat…

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Waterfalls, Waimea Canyon, Na Pali Coast, Wai’ale’ale’ and Nawiliwili are all completely different experienced by air and the ride exposes you to sights you won’t see from the ground. Amazing. Read more about our Doorless Helicopter Ride over Kauai here: Helicopter Ride in Kauai

 

Ziplining
I was feeling adventurous after our doorless helicopter ride and actually thought that  ziplining through a tropical  forest would be fun. It was. After working up the nerve to hurl myself off a perfectly good platform, I was amazed at how cool it was to soar over the lush tropical land below us.  There were two zipline locations in Kauai when we visited and we chose the zipline closest to Mount Waiʻaleʻale. We were transported to the zipline in the all terrain vehicle pictured below – which was quite possibly more nerve-racking than the zipline itself!

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Read more about our zipline experience here: Ziplining in Paradise

Odds and Ends
We saw so much in one week and took so many pictures that we really couldn’t cover the whole experience in detail in one post! Here are a just a few additional things we’d recommend seeing and doing while in Kauai:

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Kilauea Lighthouse

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Kalalau Lookout (In Waimea Canyon Park)

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Waimea Canyon (nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”)

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Walking Tour and Coffee Tasting at Kauai Coffee Company

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Golf on Kauai – There are 9 courses on Kauai – some with pretty spectacular views!

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See if you can catch a glimpse of a Monk Seal sunning on one of the beaches in Poipu

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Although we visited Kauai prior to the opening of  Kōloa Rum Company, you can now visit their tasting room and store in Lihue. Check out our previous post using Kōloa Rum in a Pineapple Daiquiri.

And – don’t forget to just relax, enjoy the scenery, take in the sights and fragrances of this tropical paradise, order some of the freshest fish at one of the many great restaurants, and leave your footprints in the golden sand

Aloha!

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Coconut Mojito

It’s Monday and time for another Mojito Recipe. This time we took a little Coco Lopez and Coconut Rum and concocted a mojito with a light, refreshing coconut taste. Reminds me a bit of a Lime in D’ Coconut Drink – maybe a bit less sweet, but with the lime and mint I think it could fit in the mojito category too! Enjoy!

Coconut Mojito
(serves one)

1 oz. light rum
1.5 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. Coco Lopez
1 oz. water
Juice of 1 lime
5-6 mint leaves
Club Soda

Juice the lime and gently muddle with the mint leaves. Add rums, Coco Lopez and water. Gently stir, then pour over ice in a tall glass. Top off with club soda, gently stir and garnish with mint.