Rum Therapy Top Posts of 2014

It’s always fun for us to look back on the year and see which posts were visited most by our wonderful readers. We always try to make out own predictions on which posts were the most popular, but there are always some surprises. This year was no different as posts on the Virgin Islands made up 8 of the top ten!

Island Posts

10. Sailing the British Virgin Islands on a Crewed Charter
9. Hog Heaven, Virgin Gorda
8. Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica
7. Rum Therapy in St. Croix
6. Sarafina’s Bakery, Marigot, St. Martin
5. Angels Rest, St. John
4. Have You Taken the Plunge at Willy T?
3. Callwood Rum Distillery
2. Barhopping on Jost Van Dyke

And the number one most visited Rum Therapy Island Post in 2015?

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Bomba Shack

1. Bomba Surfside Shack

Tropical Tips & More. a category that we have a bit of fun with, made a respectable showing on our top visited list with the following posts:


Tropical Tips & More

1. The Ultimate Rum Therapy Beach Playlist
2. Top Things to See & Do in the Caribbean Before You Get Too Old to Travel
3. You Might Have a Tropical Obsession If…

 And last, but certainly not least, our top rum recipe posts of the year were:

 Rum Drinks & Recipes

10. Banana Daiquiri
9. The Perfect Mojito
8. Nilla Killa
7. Voodoo Juice
6. Miami Vice
5. Frozen Bushwacker
4. Jamaican Smile
3. Jamaican Smile
2. Eggnog Rum Bread with Butter Rum Glaze

And the top visited recipe on our site this year?

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Authentic Rum Punch

1. Authentic Rum Punch

Happy New Year to all of you! Looking forward to another year of beaches, islands and RUM!

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie

We’re BIG fans of apple pie and so when we ran across this recipe for apple pie combined with hot buttered rum, we just had to give it a try! We used a recipe from The Frugal Foodie Mama, made some adjustments and LOVE it! So moist and tasty that I think we’ve got a new favorite Apple Pie Recipe. We’ve included the brands we used too so hopefully you’ll enjoy the same scrumptious results.

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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie
(makes one pie/eight slices)
Adapted from The Frugal Foodie Momma

Hot Buttered Rum Sauce
Ingredients
1 cup of brown sugar (we used dark brown sugar)
1/2 cup spiced rum (we used Captain Morgan)
3 tbsp butter

Pie Filling Ingredients
6-7 apples, peeled, cored, & thinly sliced (we used a combination of Braeburn, Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples)
1/2 cup brown sugar (again we used dark brown sugar)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp flour

Crust
I’m sure a homemade crust would be delicious, but we used a frozen Marie Callender two crust pack (one for the bottom and one for the top)


Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Make the Hot  Buttered Rum Sauce by combining the brown sugar, rum and butter and heating over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Put aside.

Combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour in a large bowl until the apples are coated. Pour the apple mixture into the bottom crust. Drizzle half of the Hot Buttered Rum Sauce over the apples. Cover the pie with the other crust and squeeze the bottom and top edges of the pie together. Using a knife, cut 6-8 slits in the top crust. Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on the top crust.

Place the pie on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown. We didn’t need to cover the pie, but be sure to keep your eye on it during the last 15 minutes of baking to make sure the crust is not getting too brown. If needed, place a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on the top during the last few minutes to prevent over-browning.

Allow the pie to cool for a while, then cut, serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and drizzle with some of the remaining Hot Buttered Rum Sauce. YUM!

 

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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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National Rum Day

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

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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.

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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.

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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):

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

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Rum Drinks at Hog Heaven, Virgin Gorda

Pineapple & Rum Sorbet

Pineapple Rum Sorbet – perfect treat for the warm and lazy days of summer! We used an ice cream maker to mix our batch up, but if you don’t have one, just put the mix in a freezer safe container, freeze overnight, then re-mix in the blender and freeze a little longer. Easy and delicious!

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Pineapple Rum Sorbet

Pineapple & Rum Sorbet
(makes 4-6 servings)

1/4 c. gold rum
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 fresh, ripe pineapple

Peel and core the pineapple. Cut into chunks and place in a blender. Pour the rum in the blender. Heat water and sugar on the stove until the sugar melts. Cool, then add to the blender. Blend all ingredients just slightly – it’s ok to have small chunks of pineapple (in fact, we prefer it!) Using an ice cream maker (or the method above) freeze the mix. Garnish with pineapple and enjoy.

 

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Rum N’ Root Beer Float

Oh my gosh. We’ve been in love with rum and root beer since our post on Dirty Pirate Poptails. We’ve been wanting to try rum and root beer in a root beer float, and just happened to have the time (and ingredients) to try it out last weekend. Well I’m pleased (and a bit dismayed, ’cause we’ve gained a pound or two while experimenting) to announce that we’ve come up with an amazing, stellar and incredible combination for this very adult version of a Root Beer Float. Hope you enjoy it – just remember, although big on taste, it’s unfortunately not short on calories! (but who’s counting….)

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Rum N’ Root Beer Float
(makes one)

Vanilla Ice Cream
Root Beer made with cane sugar
(we used Virgil’s Root Beer – Hansen’s Root Beer is also very good)
2 oz. Dark Rum
(we released the Kraken for this one)

Fill a tall glass with several healthy scoops of vanilla ice cream, pour in the dark rum and top off (slowly as it foams up) with the root beer. Kick your feet up and enjoy!!

 

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Blue Hawaiian

 The color of this tropical concoction is as blue as the turquoise waters of the tropics and the taste will take you back to some of your favorite beach vacations… Okole Maluna! (Bottoms up in Hawaiian)

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(makes one)

1 oz. light rum
2 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. blue curacao
1 oz. coconut creme
1 slice pineapple or cherry

Blend light rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut with one cup ice in an electric blender at high speed. Pour into a glass and garnish with pineapple slice or a cherry.

Lava Flow

Aloha! We enjoyed a Lava Flow on vacation in Hawaii a while back and loved the banana, coconut, strawberry (and rum of course!) taste. Because we add ice to the banana, coconut and pineapple mix, it makes a nice, light and frozen concoction. Close your eyes while you sip and you might even hear the palm trees rustling in the gentle Hawaiian breeze…

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Lava Flow
(makes one)

1 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. light rum
1 small banana (or half of one large)
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. coconut cream
2 oz fresh strawberries (about 2 large)
1/2 c. ice

Blend the banana, pineapple juice, coconut cream and ice in a blender until smooth and frothy and save in a glass. Slightly blend the strawberries and rums in a blender and pour in a small hurricane glass. Slowly pour the banana, pineapple and coconut cream blend on top of the strawberry and rum mix and watch as the strawberry mix swirls up into the lighter mixture looking a bit like a lava flow! Garnish with a strawberry or slice of pineapple.

If you like the sound of this recipe, you might also like a Miami Vice

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Lime In De Coconut

A smooth, blended, frozen concoction with the wonderful taste of lime and coconut. Light and tasty. Serve it in a coconut for a real tropical look.

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Lime In De Coconut
(makes two)

1 oz. dark rum
4 oz. coconut rum
2 lime wedges (leave peel on)
2 oz Coco Lopez
4 oz Rose’s Lime Juice
Ice

Pour rums and lime wedges in a blender and blend until the lime is broken into very small specks. Add lime juice and Coco Lopez and ice and continue to blend until smooth. Add more ice until it becomes quite slushy. Pour into a glass (or coconut half) and garnish with a lime slice. (straw and umbrella optional!)

 

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Pineapple Breeze

Pineapple, Coconut Rum and Orange Juice – must be the recipe for something smooth and tropical! This tasty frozen concoction will keep you hanging on – at least for a little while!  Enjoy!

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Pineapple Breeze
(makes one)

1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. fresh pineapple (canned can be substituted, but fresh tastes SO much better!)
1/2 c. soda water or lemon lime soda (we used soda water for a little less sweet taste)
2 oz. coconut rum
1 c. ice
nutmeg

Put orange juice pineapple, soda, coconut rum and ice in a blender. Blend ’til smooth and frothy. (We left little bitty chunks of pineapple, ’cause that’s just how we roll!) Pour in a glass, garnish with pineapple and nutmeg.

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