Scotchies, Jamaica

If you want to try authentic jerk cuisine while vacationing in Jamaica, you should consider a visit to Scotchies. Scotchies has three locations in Jamaica, the original restaurant is just outside Montego Bay and the others can be found outside of Ocho Rios and Kingston.

We visited the Scotchies close to Ocho Rios during a stay in Runaway Bay.

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Scotchies, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

The aroma hit us as soon as we got out of the car. Smoky, barbecue deliciousness…mmm…could hardly wait.

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Preparing Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken, pork and fish are barbecued in the traditional style over pimento wood.

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Pork on the barbeque

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Pork Rum Ribs every Tuesday

Awww – shoot! Just missed the Pork Rum Ribs.

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Scotchies Menu

We ordered 1/4 lb of chicken and 1/4 lb of pork. There were also some delicious sides such as rice & beans, festival (a delightful slightly sweet cake or roll that is said to be a perfect accompaniment to spicy jerk dishes), and roasted breadfruit. Foregoing the sides for a Red Stripe (we were only 3 days into our all-inclusive stay at Jewel Runaway Bay and already had minimal room for a full meal!), we sat down at the bar to enjoy our foil wrapped and succulent jerk.

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Jerk Chicken, Pork and a Red Stripe at Scotchies

Plenty of room to sit outside and dine as well.

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Outside dining at Scotchies, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Beautiful grounds and great food. We especially dug the jerk pork. So good. Next time we’ll leave room for the sides too – hmmm. Or maybe just more meat…

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Authentic Rum Punch Recipe

1 of sour
2 of sweet
3 of strong
4 of weak

This is the rhyme commonly used to recall the recipe for an authentic rum punch. Just try remembering it after trying one
(or two!)

Can’t quite remember where we sampled our first rum punch. Barbados? Jamaica? Hmmm – I know we’ve enjoyed them on many islands, and they all seem to have a completely different taste. Is it the rum used? Is is the “sweet” ingredient or the “weak” ingredient? I think it’s safe to say – all of the above – with a huge dose of “who you’re enjoying it with and where”.

For this recipe we used Grenadine as the “sweet”, although it’s common in countries such as Jamaica to use a strawberry or cherry syrup. A simple syrup (1 part sugar to 2 parts water) can also be used, but you will forfeit the fruity taste and red coloring.

In this recipe we used water as the “weak”. In other rum punch recipes, such as our Caribbean Rum Punch, different fruit juices are used instead of water, creating endless opportunities to vary the taste depending on the juices used. As water seems to be used in the most authentic versions, that’s what we used here – and liked the result!

By using the measurement in the rhyme above, it’s easy to make a large batch of this tasty rum concoction for parties and gatherings by multiplying the measurements – that way you can mix it ahead and just sit back and enjoy….

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Authentic Rum Punch

(makes one but can easily be increased to make a large batch)

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

2 oz. simple syrup (we used Grenadine, but it is common to use a strawberry or cherry syrup as well)

3 oz. rum – we used Appleton V/X because we have Jamaica on the brain this week, but have also used Mount Gay Eclipse with very good results. Some use Wray & Nephew for all of the rum or in combination for a very potent punch. Every rum has it’s own unique taste – so experiment to see which you like best!

4 oz. water

Freshly grated nutmeg (optional in the authentic recipe, but we always use a sprinkle!)

Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Sprinkle with a little freshly grated nutmeg and garnish with a lime or orange slice.

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