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Superbowl 2015 Rum Drinks

Got a team in the big game or just looking for an excuse to get together and have a great party? Either way, here are two easy frozen rum drink recipes named after the teams in the 2015 Superbowl – the Seahawk Slammer and the Patriot Punch!

Trying to make use of each teams colors, we made the Patriot Punch drink red and added a garnish of blueberries. The Seahawks drink is blue with a pop of green lime slice on the edge. Mix ’em up ahead of time and put them in the freezer so you don’t miss a minute of the game! Cheers!

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Patriot Punch and Seahawk Slammer

Patriot Punch
(makes 3 – 8oz. glasses)

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. grenadine
2.5 oz. overproof rum (we used Cockspur Overproof Rum)
8 oz. lemon lime soda (we used 7-up)
8 oz. ice
blueberries for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more ice if needed. Pour into 8 oz. glasses and garnish with blueberries.

Seahawk Slammer
(makes 3 – 8oz. glasses)

8 oz. lemon lime soda
(we used 7-Up)
2 oz. blue curacao
2.5 oz. overproof rum (we used Cockspur Overproof Rum)
squeeze of lime juice
8 oz. ice
lime slice for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more ice if needed. Pour into 8 oz. glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

We made the Seahawk Rum Slammer last year as an unfrozen drink. To see the recipe, check out this link: Superbowl Rum Drinks 2014


Remember to lways drink responsibly.

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Bob Marley Rum Drink

We sampled our first Bob Marley Drink – a shooter which was actually lit on fire before we drank it (don’t try this at home!!) during the Bob Marley Nine Mile Tour. We enjoyed several others as a frozen drink during our Jamaican get-a-way and have included a link to a recipe for that version too. Cheers!

Bob-Marley-OThe Bob Marley Shooter
(makes one)

1 oz. Creme de Menthe
1/2 oz. banana liqueur
1/2 oz. overproof Rum (we used Wray & Nephew – a Jamaican rum of course!)
1 oz. Grenadine

Pour the grenadine into a shooter glass. Layer the rum and banana liqueur  by carefully pouring it over the grenadine over the back of a spoon. Followed that with a layer of Crème de Menthe.

Bob-Marley-Tall-Drink-OThe Bob Marley Frozen Drink
Find the recipe from Secrets Montego Bay on their blog

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El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque, in the Sierra de Luquillo mountain range of Puerto Rico, is said to be the only tropical rain forest in the US National Forest System. It is located approximately 40 kilometers (or about 25 miles) southeast of San Juan. El Yunque is a tropical wonderland with waterfalls and clear pools, 240 native tree species (which 26 are only found in El Yunque), 50 species of birds and 13 species of coquí and the endangered Puerto Rican Parrot!

We’d taken a tour by bus of El Yunque many years ago, but during our most recent stay in Puerto Rico, we decided to explore much more of this beautiful, tropical, albeit very wet area. Our goal this visit was to explore several of the gorgeous waterfalls in El Yunque and swim in the pools beneath them.

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Average rainfall in parts of the forest are well over 200 inches a year, so one day on our visit, when the forecast was for an all day rain, we decided to go to El Yunque! After all, we thought, we’d probably get wet anyway and maybe the rainfall would keep some of the visitors away. We stopped at the local drug store, purchased some rain ponchos and headed up to the rain forest.

Well, it not only rained that day, but it was a torrential rainfall and the park ended up closing early to flooding concerns, but we had a fantastic time anyway! Did some hiking, took some pictures of glistening flora and ended up at The Rum House at the end of the day. We’d love to go back again someday to swim in the waterfall pools AND to hike to the top of the Mt. Britton Observation Tower, but here’s what we got to see this time.

The entrance to El Yunque is in Rio Grande off of Rt 3 on Rt 191 (see map). There is no fee to drive through El Yunque, but if you elect to stop at the Visitors Center for more information on the area, there is a small charge per person. A stop at the Visitors Center is worth it if you’d like to learn more about the flora and fauna found within the park and learn the history of the area.

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We’d stopped at the Visitor Center during our previous visit, so this time we passed it and continued up the hill – by now in the pouring rain!

First stop – the overlook of La Coca Falls. Right next to the road, you can park just a few yards away and walk down to the overlook.

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Next, a quick stop at the Yokahú Tower. Given that we’d climbed the tower to take in the view during our past visit, we weren’t completely disappointed that it was closed due to the rain this day, but, when open, it’s worth the climb.

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Just a little ways up from the Yokahú Tower parking area, are a few small parking areas along the side of the road along with a Juan Diego sign. This is the least known, but from what we hear, the best series of falls to explore in El Yunque. Due to the weather and the danger of mudslides, we reluctantly decided not to hike to Juan Diego Falls that day, but you can find out more about them here: El Yunque’s Best Kept Secret: Juan Diego Falls.

Not much farther, we pulled into the Big Tree Trailhead parking area, donned our stylish rain gear and set off for a hike down Big Tree Trails to spectacular La Mina Falls.

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Big Tree Trail has a cement path that slowly winds down the rain forest towards the falls.

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The easy walk was magical with the sound of rain, a few birds and an occasional coqui. We were the only ones on the trail!

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Even with raindrops on the lens, the
plant life is gorgeous.

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After a few more stops in the continued rain
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we got our soggy selves in the car and headed down the hill, where we came across this…

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The Rum House.
Mofongo, rum and good conversation.

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Great end to a great day!

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Skinny Piña Colada

In light of our recent “skinny” cocktail recipe postings, we were asked by Facebook friend Sherri if we could include a recipe for a Skinny Piña Colada. Certainly, we thought, we could find a way to take a bite out of the calories of this high calorie coconut creme and juice based cocktail whose taste takes us right to the islands?

Well, in this recipe, we did decrease the calorie level from 278.5 for one serving of our regular Piña Colada Recipe to 142 calories per serving in the following Skinny Piña Colada! For just a little added kick – add a .5 oz dark rum floater for an additional 32 calories :)

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Skinny Piña Colada
(makes one – 142 calories)

3/4 c. frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
1 oz coconut rum
.5 oz  dark rum floater (optional – add 32 calories)
ice
pineapple and maraschino cherry for garnish

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add more ice for a thicker consistency, or add a little water to thin. If desired, add a floater. Garnish with pineapple and a cherry.

 

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El Morro, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Is it worth tearing yourself away from the beautiful beaches and rum drinks in Puerto Rico to explore an old fort built in 1539 to protect San Juan from invading armies and pirates? We say – heck yes, but check out these pictures and decide for yourself.

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Entrance to El Morro

The entrance to El Morro is majestic with its surrounding grounds of manicured green and a backdrop of blue ocean. The entrance fee is $5.00 and also includes access to the nearby Castillo San Cristobal. The fee includes a map so you can do a self guided tour, and there are plenty of knowledgeable rangers walking around that can answer any questions you might have.

We visited on a holiday, Veteran’s Day, and the grounds were dotted with families picnicking and flying colorful kites – or chiringas, which you can buy at a nearby stand.

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Walking through this majestic fort is like taking a walk back through time. The fort itself is comprised of six levels and each with it’s own features and purpose. Be sure to walk into some of the gun turrets, or garitas, and imagine being a sentry hundreds of years ago!

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The area around the working lighthouse on the top level offers some of the best views of  the  ocean and surrounding areas.

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Many of the rooms are marked with plaques or signs explaining their purpose, such as this cannonball storage room.

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The enormity of the structure, the thickness of the walls and the engineering of it all makes it quite evident why El Morro, and the soldiers that manned it, were able to stave off many attacks against San Juan, including one led by Sir Francis Drake in 1595.

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Leaving El Morro, be sure to walk by the San Juan Cemetery to gaze at the elaborate tombstones overlooking the beautiful ocean. This graveyard is the resting place for several famous Puerto Ricans.

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After walking up and down stairs and exploring in the warm sun, you might end the day doing what we did – we walked to Barrachina in Old San Juan, purported to be the birthplace of the Piña Colada, and enjoyed one (ok two) of the very refreshing libations.

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Check out National Park Website for more information on El Morro and Castillo San Cristobal.

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Skinny Mojitos

Now that the holidays are over, we’ve been busy testing “Skinny” Rum Drinks – or cocktails with lower calorie counts. We’ve been enjoying Skinny Strawberry Rum & Lemonade for quite some time, but we thought it would be good to have a few in the repertoire to change it up a little.  

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Skinny Strawberry Mojito and Skinny Mojito

Mojitos seemed a logical choice since we enjoy the heck outta them, so we tried out a Skinny Mojito & a Skinny Strawberry Mojito and really like them both! If you like your mojito on the sweeter side, use the Sprite Zero or Diet 7-Up and adjust your lo-cal sweetener level. Like your mojitos a little less sweet? Use club soda instead of the Sprite Zero or Diet 7-up. Want more rum in your drink? 80 proof rum is 65 calories per ounce, so just adjust per taste (and desired calorie level!)

The recipes below have just about the right amount of sweet and tart for our taste – feel free to modify for your taste. Enjoy!

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Skinny Mojito

Skinny Mojito
(makes one)
Calories: 110 per serving

1.5 oz white rum (we used Bacardi)
8 oz. Sprite Zero or Diet 7-up (or club soda)
1/2 tsp. Stevia
14 mint leaves
1/2 lime cut in slices
Lime slice for garnish

Muddle mint leaves, lime and Stevia in a tall glass. Add crushed ice, rum and soda. Stir slightly. Garnish with lime.

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Skinny Strawberry Mojito

Skinny Strawberry Mojito
(makes one)
Calories: 90 per serving

1 oz. white rum (we used Bacardi)
4 fresh strawberries cut in slices
8 oz. Sprite Zero or Diet 7-up (or club soda)
10 mint leaves
1/2 lime cut in slices
Strawberries for garnish

Gently muddle strawberries, mint leaves and lime in a tall glass. Add crushed ice, rum and soda. Stir slightly. Garnish with strawberry slices.

 

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