Elvis’ Beach Bar, Anguilla

Touted as having the “Best Rum Punch in Anguilla”, we knew we had to make a stop at Elvis’ Beach Bar in Anguilla to check it out. We made our first stop at Elvis’ on a sail to Anguilla a few years back. We anchored in Road Bay and immediately noticed the activity around Elvis’.

copyright Rum Therapy
Elvis-1-O
Elvis’ sits on a stretch of beautiful sugar soft sand in Sandy Ground Village and offers up views like this of Road Bay.

copyright Rum Therapy
We had only a very short time to visit that first time to Anguilla, so we sat at the boat bar, sampled a rum punch and then reluctantly headed back to our boat as we had an early morning departure planned. The music and partying ran into the wee morning hours at Elvis’, and we vowed to return someday to experience more.

copyright Rum Therapy
Fast forward a couple of years
and we scheduled a return to Anguilla  and Elvis’ was on the list. Unfortunately, due to very poor planning on our part, Elvis’ Beach Bar was CLOSED the day we were there and although we were able to look around and take a few pictures, we were unable to meet Elvis OR test out the fantastical rum punch again…

copyright Rum Therapy
Sigh.

copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
We spent a few minutes relaxing on the chairs in front of Elvis’, and then moved on to one of the other great beach bars in Sandy Ground.

Elvis, we’ll be back! Can you have a few rum punches ready for us?

copyright Rum Therapy
Have you enjoyed a rum punch at Elvis’ Beach bar?


Find Elvis’ Beach Bar on our Anguilla Map

 

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

 

Copyright©Rum Therapy Beaches, Bars & More, Tropical Travel Guide, 2013
Pictures and other content may not be re-used without written consent from Rum Therapy, LLC

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….

Jamaican-Rum-Punch-(600)-O
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.

Sandbox Bar & Grill, Prickly Pear Island, BVI

North-Sound-Overview-O
On a beautiful white sand beach on the uninhabited Prickly Pear Island in the BVI, sits a great little beach bar called Sandbox Bar & Grill. In the picture above, taken from Hog Heaven, which sits high atop Virgin Gorda, you can see North Sound, Prickly Pear Island and Sandbox. Sandbox is only accessible by boat.

copyright Rum Therapy
During our most recent visit to Virgin Gorda, we rented a luxurious dinghy (last one available – that’s what we get for not planning ahead!) from Leverick Bay Resort & Marina and set off to explore the beautiful North Sound.

copyright Rum Therapy
Sandbox was our last planned stop of the day, so we tied up our dinghy at the dock at Vixen Point and scurried ashore to check it out.

copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
There were just a few people sitting at the bar that early afternoon, but the bartender said it would soon be VERY busy as a huge private party was was making their way to Sandbox from the Bitter End Yacht Club for some fun in the sun, beautiful water and the white sand.

Sandbox-7---O
Due to the incoming party, there were a lot of beach chairs situated that day on the beautiful beach.

Sandbox-6---O
Since we still had the place nearly to ourselves, we picked out a prime spot and ordered a really tasty Rum Punch.

copyright Rum Therapy
We enjoyed the beautiful view of the North Sound, all the boats, and watched a seaplane land in the water not too far away. If we had more time, we would have really loved to take the hike on the path from Vixen Point around the salt ponds to what we heard were two more beautiful and secluded beaches on the north shore of Prickly Pear Island – another reason to go back I guess…

copyright Rum Therapy
Having arranged ahead of time which one of us would be the designated dinghy driver that day and to avoid a DDD (drunk dinghy driving), we thought it best to stop at one Rum Punch (although we REALLY wanted another!) As we made our way back to the dock, we noticed that it was starting to get busy at the Sandbox.

copyright Rum Therapy
As we headed back to Leverick Bay (with Mosquito Island off to the right), we realized just how many great things there are to see and do in the North Sound area and how we’d love to come back and stay for a week, a month, or maybe a lifetime??

Find Sandbox (and Prickly Pear Island) on our Virgin Gorda Map


To see other posts on Virgin Gorda and other islands, check out our Island Blog Directory

copyright©Rum Therapy Beaches, Bars & More, Tropical Travel Guide, 2013
Pictures and other content may not be re-used without written consent from Rum Therapy, LLC

National Rum Day

Today is National Rum Day. Rum. That’s right, Rum has it’s own day.

copyright Rum Therapy
Finding the Rhum on St. Barths

When we started the company Rum Therapy in 2010, we knew little more about rum than it was an ingredient in some of our favorite island cocktails; piña coladas, rum punch and painkillers, oh and bushwackers – can’t forget bushwackers… And that rum appeared in the lyrics of many Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett songs. And that wherever you go in the islands, there’s rum.
That’s it.

copyright Rum Therapy
Painkillers at the Soggy Dollar, Jost Van Dyke

See our list (and recipes!) of the 10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks

Since then, we’ve learned a lot more. I mean, when you start with virtually no knowledge of a subject, you’ve got a ways to go. We’re not experts by any means, like our friend Dave Russell of Rum Gallery, but we’ve learned more about how rum is distilled and different types of rum and what rums are good for sipping or mixing in cocktails and although it’s not our goal to become rum experts, we’re certainly up for the challenge of learning more about this spirit with a long and storied history.

Happy-Island-O
Rum Punch at Happy Island, The Grenadines

So, we’ll continue to do the research (best done in the islands on beautiful beach or at a great beach bar or on a boat, don’t you think?) with the hope of continuing to provide the best rum experiences possible (cocktail recipes, best beach bars, best locations to sip tropical libations, distillery tours, etc., etc., etc.)

In the meantime, be sure to check out the plethora of rum recipes available on our website either by category or by picture (prepare to drool just a little):

Rum Recipes by Category

Rum Recipe Picture Directory

So today, let’s lift our glasses (of rum) to Rum.
Cheers Rum!

Hog-Heaven-O
Rum Drinks at Hog Heaven, Virgin Gorda

Gwen’s Reggae Grill, Anguilla

On a prime beachfront spot on the exquisitely beautiful Upper Shoal Bay in Anguilla sits a brightly colored beach bar called Gwen’s Reggae Grill.

copyright Rum Therapy
Gwen’s has been through some adversity – a fire that nearly burned the building to the ground and severe beach erosion which has caused the loss of some of the beautiful palms in the area. Regardless, the owner’s, have re-built and continue to offer good beverages & food, a friendly atmosphere and great parties with live music on Sundays.

copyright Rum Therapy
Due to the erosion of the beach, the deck of the bar sits right at the edge of the ocean which, when we were there, made it a great place to sit and sip Gwen’s tasty and potent rum punch and look out over the stunning beauty of Shoal Bay.

copyright Rum Therapy
We worked up a thirst while walking down the gorgeous beach and headed back for another round, but this time we enjoyed our cocktail while lounging in Gwen’s great hammocks on the beach.

copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
copyright Rum Therapy
There’s parking in the back of Gwen’s but it can get crowded, so we’d recommend getting there early. After all, you’ll want to get the hammock with the best view too :)

copyright Rum Therapy
Find Gwen’s Reggae Grill on our Anguilla Map

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

 

Copyright©Rum Therapy Beaches, Bars & More, Tropical Travel Guide, 2013
Pictures and other content may not be re-used without written consent from Rum Therapy, LLC

10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks

Why is it that the taste of a tropical rum drink can sometimes transport us right back to a hammock on a beautiful beach or a great time with friends at one of our favorite beach bars? Still, whenever I taste a piña colada, I can close my eyes and almost feel a light sea breeze blowing while lounging on our boat in the evening during our first BVI sail….

We’ve put together a list of 10 Best Tropical Rum Drinks – those that we remember fondly from our past vacations in the sun. What tropical rum drinks would make your list?

1. Piña ColadaPina ColadaCan’t remember the first one I sampled, but this is one frozen concoction of pineapple, coconut and rum is one that brings us right back to the islands…This one was enjoyed at The Top Of The Baths, Virgin Gorda.

Piña Colada Recipe

 2. The Painkiller
Painkillers-copyrightWe sampled our first Painkiller when there was a Pusser’s in Cruz Bay on St. John many years ago…  It has now become one of our favorites and is available in MANY bars in the Caribbean – especially anywhere in the VI. Oh, it also has a pretty tasty cousin – The Nilla Killa!

Painkiller Recipe


3. Caribbean Rum Punch

Rum-Punch-copyrightWe’ve sampled SO many rum punches from tropical locales far and wide that we should be some kind of Rum Punch experts by now. Every place seems to have their own “secret” recipe, but can’t seem to find too many we don’t care for. The difference? The type of rum used and the different fruit juices. One word? YUM!

Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

4. Frozen Rum Runners
Rum-Runners-copyrightJust plain awesome. Nothing quite cools ya off as well as a Frozen Rum Runner on a hot tropical day. The non frozen variety are great as well, but the frozen ones, well, kinda like a slushee with a REALLY good kick!

Frozen Rum Runners Recipe

5. Bushwacker
Bushwacker-copyrightBushwackers’s. Oh. my. I sampled my first Bushwacker atop Paradise Point in St. Thomas many, many years ago and was pretty much hooked. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Chocolate, rum and the amazing overlook of Charlotte Amalie – wow, paradise.

Bushwacker Recipe

6. Bahama Mama
Bahama-MamaPretty much tastes like a tropical paradise! Rum, rum and more rum, lemon juice, pineapple juice AND Kahlua. Careful – this one packs one large tropical kick!

Bahama Mama Recipe

7. Mojito
MojitoWell, if you’ve been following us long, you already know that we are nuts for mojitos. Pictured here is the Perfect Mojito (our favorite) although we’ve posted a ton of fruity variations that are all quite tasty! Check our Recipe Tab for other Mojito Variations!

Perfect Mojito Recipe


8. Banana Daiquiri
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreamy banana goodness mixed with rum? Ahhh… yes. Here’s one that we really enjoyed at Saba Rock Resort in the BVI. Maybe the great view had something to do with it??

Banana Daiquiri Recipe


9. Mai Tai
Mai-TaiAloha! First sampled on a dinner cruise in Hawaii, this wonderful concoction brings back memories of swaying palm trees and the sound of the ukelele … Requires a few more ingredients than some of the other tropical rum drinks listed, but well worth it!

Mai Tai Recipe

10. Dirty Banana
Dirty-BananaOne of the most searched for recipes on our website, this Jamaican delight must be a favorite with many of you. Dark rum, Tia Maria and rum cream liqueur all mixed in with a tasty banana. Ya mon!

Dirty Banana Recipe

Happy Island, The Grenadines

How can you not be happy at Happy Island? A work in progress built in a shallow area in Clifton Harbour, Union Island – part of the Grenadines chain, this colorful oasis is challenging to reach – but well worth it.

copyright Rum Therapy
The owner/builder, Janti Ramage, built this unique place, which is also his residence, out of conch shells found in the area.

copyright Rum Therapy
A shallow bottomed boat is needed to get to Happy Island as it sits on a reef in just a few feet of water.

copyright Rum Therapy
Visitors arriving from Palm Island

We visited Happy Island during a sail on the Daimant (Island Windjammers) which made a stop in Clifton Harbour during our sail and dinghied guests to Happy Island for an afternoon of fun.

copyright Rum Therapy
Sand, Palms and the Happy Island Bar

Janti is quite the host and loves to visit with and show guests the entire compound which now includes a separate apartment which he resides in.

copyright Rum Therapy
Janti giving a tour of Happy Island

copyright Rum Therapy
View of Clifton Harbour and Union Island from Happy Island

copyright Rum Therapy
We ordered the Happy Island Rum Punch

Happy-Island-7-O
copyright Rum Therapy
Rum with a view of Clifton Harbour

copyright Rum Therapy
Such a unique experience and good rum punch topped off with a show by kiteboarders in Clifton Harbour sailing right over Happy Island.
Awesome.

copyright Rum Therapy

Have you been to Happy Island?

To find out more, connect with Janti and Happy Island:

Facebook – Happy Island, The Grenadines
Or by email: [email protected]

Find Happy 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

 

Copyright©Rum Therapy Beaches, Bars & More, Tropical Travel Guide, 2013
Pictures and other content may not be re-used without written consent from Rum Therapy, LLC

Karakter Beach Bar, St. Maarten

Ever been to a beach bar that’s a bus? A beach bar bus? As we were planning our recent trip to St. Maarten, a friend mentioned a beach bar on beautiful Simpson Bay Beach that we needed to visit. We asked the name of it and set out to find it one sunny afternoon.

We were staying on the other side of the Dutch Bridge from this bar so we took a hike down Front Street past the Dutch Bridge and turned back in to Simpson Bay Beach. The beach has gorgeous soft sand and turquoise blue water.

We stopped for a quick beverage at Mary’s Boon Resort and Spa and then wandered a short way over looking for a bar called Karakter.

Karacter 8

Karacter 1

Karakter Beach Bar Bus

Karacter 2

Sure enough! The main part of the bar IS actually a bus and the drinks are mixed inside the bus. There are covered picnic tables, beach chairs and umbrellas in the ultra soft sand and it was a fantastic place to lime away the afternoon.

Karacter 7

Karacter 3

Karacter 4

The bar is in close proximity to the airport, but the beach ambiance, beautiful sand and great drinks far outweighed the occasional roar of an airplane taking off or landing.

Karacter 10

This table was reserved for some Rum Therapy!

Karacter 9
Beach in front of Karakter

The Rum Punch is highly recommended – strong and fruity just like we like it.
Want to find out more? Check out their website here: 
Karakter Beach Bar

Karacter 6

Cheers!

Find Karakter Beach Bar on our St. Maarten/St. Martin Map

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

 

Copyright©Rum Therapy Beaches, Bars & More, Tropical Travel Guide, 2013
Pictures and other content may not be re-used without written consent from Rum Therapy, LLC