Island Delight

Last weekend I ordered a delicious looking tropical concoction with rum that the bartender called an “Island Delight”. Despite attempts to get the exact recipe before leaving, he would only divulge that it contained OJ, Piña Colada Mix, Malibu Rum and Grenadine. We went back to the office and gave it a couple of “shots” and think we came up with a pretty tasty  mix.
Enjoy, ’cause after all, who couldn’t use a little Island Delight?

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Island Delight
(makes 1)

2 oz. Coconut Rum
2 oz. Piña Colada Mix
2 oz. Orange Juice
.5 oz. Grenadine
.5 to 1 c. ice
Orange slice

Mix rum, piña colada mix, orange juice and ice in a blender until thick and frosty. Pour into a glass. Add grenadine and mix in just slightly. Garnish with an orange slice.


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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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Rum Sex On The Beach

Last week, while having an after-golf beverage with friends, one person in the group asked the bartender (Rum Therapist) to surprise her with a refreshing tropical beverage with rum. He returned a short time later with a frothy, cold, pleasantly colored beverage that he called “his” version of Sex On The Beach – using rum instead of vodka. She sipped the beverage, sighed, then declared that it may in fact be better than the “real thing”. What?? Either she was REALLY thirsty, or this was one magical beverage!!

We asked the bartender (Rum Therapist) for the ingredients and set out to re-create this rumgasmic drink on our own!

The ingredients (sans measurements) given were: Malibu with a splash of spiced rum, fresh squeezed orange slice, cranberry splash and some pineapple juice. After comparing his recipe with the “typical” Sex On The Beach recipe, we came up with our own version using rum. Better than the real thing?? Hmmm….we’ll let you be the judge of that!

Rum Therapy Sex On The Beach
(makes 1)

1.5 oz. coconut rum
splash of spiced rum
1 oz. peach schnapps
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. pineapple juice

Combine ingredients with ice, shake vigorously until frothy and pour into tall glass over ice. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Witty Words and Clever Comments

We hit 4,000 Facebook friends last night and want to say thank you to all our wonderful Rum Therapy friends! Less than a year ago we started our Facebook page with just a few random pictures and a tropical drink recipe or two, wondering if people would enjoy dreaming about islands, rum drinks and escaping as much as we do. Judging by the participation on our page we see that there are a lot of “like-minded” Rum Bums out there and we love the way you interact with us through your comments on our posts!

Some of your comments make us chuckle and some make us sigh, “oh, yeah”. To say THANK YOU, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite recent comments and give one random person one of our new Quiet Please – In Session T-shirts.
There were SO many good comments that it really was hard to narrow them down to a few favorites! We love hearing how some of our beach pictures and tropical drink recipes help transport you back to a relaxing vacation experience – even if for just a moment! The shirt winner had a comment that we felt was especially relevant to our company name “Rum Therapy” – I mean, combining pirate with a therapeutic term….

Thanks again! We appreciate ALL of our Rum Therapy friends!! Here are just a few of your wonderful comments:

Runners up:

Holly Richardson-Ross commented on the Aug 27 post:…give me a minute & you should see me come into the lower right of this pic! :)

“Only worry in the world” post Aug. 30 had several funny comments:
Karen Whited Haun’s worry was
….what if somebody finds me?
Jim Thielen apparently had many worries: 1. How long is my sun-block good for?, 2. How Do They Make the Ice out here? 3. Who is going to turn my chair for me so I can follow the sun’s rays.. 4. Does anyone have cell signal to order in Rum when we run out!

And the “out of focus” post Aug. 29 brought out the wittiness in several of our friends!
Allan Large:
I think I see some EKG readings in there … all that rum has you too excited.

John McBride: I think I saw that at a Crosby, Stills,and Nash concert 30 years ago…..

And the Quiet Please – In Session shirt goes to…drumroll please… Steven who taught us about a pirate psychoanalytical remedy!

Steven Bart Hetfield:  What you have to do is employ a little bit of regressive drinking therapy Rum Therapy.=) Try the shots you may be able to remember doing and drink them until you retrieve this level of consciousness. This is an old pirate psychoanalytical remedy.

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Shark Bite

We have a niece who is infatuated with sharks. Well, let me rephrase that. I think she’s actually scared to death of sharks and being the wonderful aunt and uncle that we are, we send shark birthday cards and forward shark pictures and articles we come across. Thoughtful, aren’t we??! So, this one’s for you Sammy!

Anyway, Sammy was kind enough to remind us earlier this week that is was, in fact, Shark Week again on the Discovery Channel! So, today when 10 Cane posted a Shark Bite Cocktail Recipe on Facebook, I thought it would be appropriate to try it out and of course post a picture or two along with the recipe.

It’s actually a beautiful looking drink, as long as you don’t really think of why someone thought it looked like a Shark Bite…

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Shark Bite
(makes one)

2 oz. 10 Cane Rum
3 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. grenadine

Shake the rum, orange juice and lime with ice. Strain into a glass. Gently pour the grenadine on the top.

Banana Mango Tango

Memorial Day is traditionally the kick-off for summer so with that we thought we should spend some time this weekend concocting some new summertime rum drinks.  We assessed the array of bottles in the liquor cabinet, went to the store and purchased a few more, then set out to create a new summertime favorite.

After a few less than stellar entries, we came up with what we felt was a winner that we’ll enjoy and  serve to some of our guests this summertime! We felt the banana and mango “tangoed” nicely together in this light and refreshing drink. So now, we introduce to you the Rum Therapy Banana Mango Tango!

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Banana Mango Tango

 Banana Mango Tango
(serves 2)

3 oz. Cruzan Mango Rum
1/2 c. pineapple juice
1/4 peeled mango
1/2 large banana
1/2 oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum

Blend the mango, banana, pineapple juice and Cruzan Mango Rum in a blender. Add approximately 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses. Float 1/4 oz. Cruzan Black Strap Rum on top of each drink and garnish with banana slices.

Unfortunately, we were unable to secure some Cruzan  Banana Rum in time for our summertime session. I would love to try a variation of this recipe by using 2 oz. Cruzan Mango Rum and 1 oz. Cruzan Banana Rum. We’ll give it a try and write a report once we can get our hands on a bottle! Hurray! It’s summertime!

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