Archives for October 2013

Palm Island, The Grenadines

Palm Island, a private island resort in the southern Grenadines makes today’s entry for our ever growing Caribbean Destination Wish List.

Although we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon on Palm Island during a week long sail on a Lagoon 440 in the Grenadines in 2008, the short visit made us wish we had a week or more to explore, enjoy and relax on the gorgeous private island with 5 spectacular white sand beaches.

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Palm Island offers just 43 accommodations, ranging from guest rooms and suites to villas and the all-inclusive price includes three wonderful meals a day at two restaurants, lounges and bars and beach barbeques.

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Palm Island is accessible only by boat and, as they say on their website, getting to Palm Island is just part of the adventure! Guests fly to Barbados and then take an inter-island flight to nearby Union Island.

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In contrast to the striking white sand beaches, the water is some sort of magical blue hue that’s hard to look away from.  Palm Island makes getting out on the water easy with a wide variety of excursions such as a sail to beautiful Mopion Island,  Mayreau or the Tobago Cays, or take a Hobie Cat ride over to Happy Island.

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So, what would we do if we had a week to spend on Palm Island? Well, in addition to spending a LOT of time on those gorgeous beaches and in the almost too blue to be true water, we’d love to explore the hiking trails on foot and bike, check out every one of the many hammocks on the island, golf, sail a Hobie Cat, enjoy some private beach dining and definitely find out what the Palm Island specialty rum drinks are!

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Have you been to Palm Island yet? Tell us about it!

To find out more about Palm Island Resort, check out their website.

Find Palm Island on our St. Vincent and the Grenadines Map

To see more posts on The Grenadines and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

 

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Candy Corn Jello Shots

Halloween treats for the BIG kids! Aren’t they BOO-tiful?? Whether you are a fan of candy corn or not, you might just love the rumtastic taste of these good lookin’ treats. Replace the rum with cold water if you want to make a batch for the little ghosts and goblins…

We made these using 2 oz Plastic Jello Shot Cups, but dixie type cups can also be used.

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Candy Corn Jello Shots
(makes approximately 24)

1  3 oz. pkg orange jello
1  3 oz. pkg lemon jello
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
6 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin
1 c. vanilla rum
1 c. orange rum
1/2  c. white rum


1st Layer – Yellow
Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add two packages of unflavored gelatin and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat, add the lemon jello and stir until dissolved. Add the vanilla rum and stir until it cools a bit. Evenly pour the lemon jello into the 24 shot glasses, place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until set – 30 minutes to an hour.

 2nd Layer – Orange
Repeat instructions for the 1st layer using the orange jello and orange rum and pour into the shot glasses as the second layer. Make sure the 1st layer has set well before adding the 2nd layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

 Top Layer
Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add two packages of unflavored gelatin and stir until dissolved.  Remove from heat and stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Add 1/2 c. white rum and stir until it cools a bit. Pour on top of the 2nd layer and refrigerate until set.

The shots set firmly and can be removed from the shot glasses and placed on a plate. To remove from the plastic shot glass, gently run a knife around the edge of the jello, then turn upside down. To remove from a dixie cup, just tear or cut away the cup.


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Rum & Pumpkin Spice Latte

Gotta love the flavors of fall – especially pumpkin. About this time of year we look forward to spending a few bucks on a warm Pumpkin Spice Latte at our local coffee shop and so we were quite interested in a recipe we found for a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.

We put a nice warm cup of it together with a few modifications and then for fun (and because it was a Saturday!), added an ounce of gold rum to the mix. Takes a little more work than the drive-thru window, but it also uses real pumpkin instead of a syrup, tastes pretty darn good and costs a LOT less – so we can enjoy more of them!

This looks (and tastes) great with a healthy dollop of whipped cream on the top. Be sure to play with and adjust the strength of the coffee, and the amount of milk, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar to find just the perfect taste for you!

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Rum & Pumpkin Spice Latte
(makes one)

1/2 – 3/4 c. milk or coconut milk (depending on how strong you like it)
1 tbsp canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie)
1 tbsp brown sugar (a little more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 oz gold rum
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla
1/4 cup very strong brewed coffee
Whipped cream

Heat, but do not boil,  the milk, canned pumpkin and brown sugar in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in the pumpkin pie spice, rum, vanilla and coffee. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

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Holiday Gifts for Island & Rum Lovers!

Have a few island & rum lovers on your Holiday list this year? Or are you a rum & island lover that would like to request a gift that you’d enjoy? Either way, we have a few gifts that are worthy of those on your “nice” list!


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Stay in a tropical frame of mind year-round with this excellent gift – just $18.95!

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RUMHUGGERS!
Keep those frosty concoctions cold and your fingers dry with these “slap” Koozies. Molds right around your favorite cocktail, bottle or can! Get one, or a Party Pack of 4!

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TEE IN A RUM BOTTLE!
Well, not a real rum bottle, but this 100% cotton pre-shrunk Rum Therapy Just Limin’ Tee is compressed into the shape of a rum bottle, making it an excellent gift or stocking stuffer!

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MEN’S ISLAND TEES
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WOMEN’S ISLAND TEES

What’s your favorite island? Where have you enjoyed a little Rum Therapy? Choose a super comfortable tee with one of our island designs to wear at home, on your next island adventure – or anytime you need a little “tropication”!

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CURES WHAT AILS YA CAPS
Distressed, pigment dyed, ladies styles, mesh back, visors & more! With all of the options, you’re sure to find the perfect Rum Therapy Cap for you!

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Want to see more? Be sure to check out the Rum Therapy Store, grab your favorite rum drink and get your holiday shopping done fast and easy!

While you’re at it, check out our Blog Directory by Island for ideas of what to see and do on your next Island Adventure and our Rum Recipes!

And if you haven’t already be sure to JOIN us on Facebook  for a daily dose of island fun!

Crab Races in St. Croix

A bucket full of crabs = a whole lotta fun? In St. Croix the answer would be yes!

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Crab Races in St. Croix take place in several different locations, several times a week. We experienced our first Crab Races at the Divi Resort on the SE side of St. Croix.

Tito and Sue run Crab Races at the Divi once a week and it’s a surprisingly good time!

We arrived that evening and paid $2 each for a crab, assigning them a winning (or so we thought) name for the event. Michael Johnson, Crab-tastrophe,  Send Momma Home (don’t ask…) and Pinch Me all seemed strong and ready for the race.

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Once all bets were placed, Tito began to whip the crowd into a frenzy. Well, not really a frenzy, but we were certainly excited to see how our crabby athletes could perform.

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 They turned the bucket of crabs over in the middle circle and watched as they began to scurry.

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Within a minute or two, we had our first winner. There were several heats, and the winner of each heat then competed for the Grand Prize. Unfortunately Michael Johnson, Crab-tastrophe,  Send Momma Home (don’t ask…) and Pinch Me did not win, or actually even place, so we didn’t win any of the great prizes offered from local establishments such as locally made jewelry, dinner or a trip for two to Buck Island, but we had a great time anyway.

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And, while enjoying the races, enjoyed a number of delicious Cruzan Confusions masterfully concocted by the crew at the Divi Resort. Mmmm. good.

Have you enjoyed the Crab Races in St. Croix yet?


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


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Cool Rum Shooters

Ever have the urge to eat a shot glass? No? Well, me either until I ran across this freezable shot glass mold. The directions say to fill the reusable mold with water, juice or your favorite drink mix, freeze it, then pop our your fully-formed frozen shot glasses. So, of course we gave it a try by freezing pineapple juice in the mold, then filling the perfectly formed little shot glasses with some spiced rum. Yum.

Ice shot glasses are cool enough, but how about freezing mojito mix then adding a shot of white rum? How about a margarita shot? Think of the possibilities? Ready to make some of your own? Click here to check ’em out! Fred Cool Shooters Shot Glass Mold

Now, excuse me, I’m going to go eat another shot glass.

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Top Of the Baths, Virgin Gorda

If you work up a thirst while roaming The Baths in Virgin Gorda, you can make a stop at Top of the Baths – a bar and restaurant with a freshwater swimming pool and gift shops.

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All that – and a fabulous view of some of the gigantic boulders of The Baths, beautiful Sir Francis Drake Channel and Tortola.

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Top of the Baths is open for breakfast and lunch and serves up some really good frozen rum drinks as well as great desserts. Be sure to try Evanette’s Key Lime Pie and the Homemade Coconut Cruzan Rum Cake…

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And enjoy your rum with a view….

Find out more on their website: Top of the Baths

Find Top of the Baths on our Virgin Gorda Map

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Cupecoy Bay Beach, St. Maarten

The last beach on the Dutch side before crossing over to the French side on the west side of St. Maarten is a beauty. The beach at Cupecoy Bay winds among cliffs and caves and the strikingly blue water is a beautiful contrast to the soft, light tan sand.

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Find Cupecoy Bay on the map above. For an interactive version of this map, click HERE.

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Known as a “clothing optional” beach, Cupecoy has some longer expanses of beach as well as a series of small caves, perfect for those looking for a little solitude, or just to explore.

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From the beach at Cupecoy you can see Saba faintly in the distance.

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We got to Cupecoy early one morning to walk and explore the beach and caves. It was gorgeous and we were treated to a new view around each corner.

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Rock cairn in one of the caves

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At the end of the beach we ran across a small bar which unfortunately was not open yet that morning.

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We took the path on top of the cliffs back to our car and enjoyed the beauty from above Cupecoy almost as much as down by the beach. Breathtaking.

Cupecoy has become known as a haven for naturists and if sunbathing and swimming “au natural” is your thing, you will be in good company. Even if you’d prefer to keep your clothes on, Cupecoy is well worth a visit as it is simply beautiful, has some good snorkeling and it’s one of the best places to watch a sunset on St. Maarten!

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Have you explored the beach and caves of Cupecoy?

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Spooky Rum Punch

Halloween is just around the corner and we seem to get a lot of requests for rum themed Halloween cocktails. We ran across this one recently and set out to give it a try. After a bit of searching, were able to find the black sanding sugar, but if you have trouble finding it, you can easily make your own using this recipe. The black licorice strings were harder to find, and although a black licorice spider looks really cool (and is edible!) we opted for a plastic one that we dangled from a bamboo pick.

Optionally, you can float some dark rum on the top, which sounds cool, but ours just kept blending with the rest of the cocktail, so we ended up just adding 2 oz. of gold rum and foregoing the dark rum floater.

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Spooky Rum Punch
(makes one)

2 oz. light or gold rum
1 lime wedge
2 tbsp. black sanding sugar
.5 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 – 3 tbsp. simple syrup to taste
1/4 c. pomegranate juice

Optional
Black string licorice to make spider
1 oz. dark rum for a floater

Pour the black sanding sugar on a flat plate. Rub the lime wedge on the rim of a cocktail glass, then dip in the black sugar to coat. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, light rum, lime juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice. Shake about 30 seconds until chilled, then pour into the sugar rimmed glass over ice.

Optional
Leave room at the top. Gently pour the dark rum on the top so that it floats. Garnish with a licorice or plastic spider. Mmmm…spooky AND  good!


adapted from recipe found on the Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival FB page


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Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda

Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda – one of the British Virgin Islands most beautiful beaches… A long crescent of powdery white sand with calm turquoise waters – a true beach lovers experience.

Last year, during an on-island stay in Virgin Gorda, we made our way back to Savannah Bay. Heading north on N Sound Road, we stopped at the overlook of Savannah Bay. Looking past Savannah Bay from the overlook,  you can also see Pond Bay and Mahoe Bay.

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The barely visible thatched umbrella in the lower middle of the picture is on Savannah Bay Beach right off of the small parking lot.

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Parking is available in a small dirt parking area close to the beach. Turn in to the parking area at a dirt road between the overlook of Savannah Bay and the V in N Sound and Nail Bay Road. We’ve never seen more than two other cars there during our visits and this gorgeous stretch of beach is usually peaceful and uncrowded.

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Apparently Savannah Bay is usually quite calm and flat. The first time we visited, the surf was rough and we didn’t venture into the water, but walked the beach and sat in the sand marveling at the beauty.

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Upon subsequent visits, the water was as calm as it could be and we spent hours swimming, floating and snorkeling in the crystal clear water.

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Not as busy as some of the other very popular beaches on Virgin Gorda, such as The Baths, Savannah Bay has quickly become one of my favorites on Virgin Gorda for its shear beauty, solitude and peacefulness. Oh, and the snorkeling is pretty great too!

Besides a small parking area and are a few thatched umbrellas for shade there are no amenities at Savannah Bay (just like we like it!).
PERFECT for a little Rum Therapy (rum, sun and total relaxation…)

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Have you been to Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda yet?

 

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