Launch Parties, Free Rum and the Handshake Dance
Dec14

Launch Parties, Free Rum and the Handshake Dance

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Let’s get one thing out of the way – I love rum launch parties. Granted, I’ve only been to one but it was love at first sight. What’s not to fall in love with – free rum, free food and free conversation with like-minded industry folk who also appreciate the freer things in life. Now don’t get your hopes up – launch parties for rum aren’t free unless you’re considered part of the industry, hence the word “industry” as used in the first...

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The Best ‘Ti Punch Riff You’ll Ever Have
Sep20

The Best ‘Ti Punch Riff You’ll Ever Have

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While a traditional ‘Ti Punch is made with rhum agricole, the take on it that I recently came up with features Plantation Pineapple Rum Stiggns’ Fancy, a more-than-suitable substitute. While some cocktail purists will decry you for even trying to claim this to be anything near a real ‘ti punch, you can brush them off with a simple wave of your hand as you enjoy what might possibly be the best room-temperature drink you’ll ever have....

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Plantation Rum’s Golden Battle in the Fort
Aug17

Plantation Rum’s Golden Battle in the Fort

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I don’t know if the people behind the Plantation Rum cocktail competition at the Golden in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana planned to hold the event two days before National Rum Day but if they didn’t, I would just lie and claim that was the way they had it set up all along. It makes for a really cool story and a perfect tie in for this article so yeah, sure, that’s the way they planned it. After receiving over 100 submissions, the...

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Sipping and Spitting – The Life of a Cocktail Judge
May18

Sipping and Spitting – The Life of a Cocktail Judge

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A couple weekends ago, I had the pleasure of judging my first cocktail competition. Hosted by Wine Down Tastings & Tapas and Old Forester, the evening featured five bartenders coming up with their best cocktail creations. Being one of three judges, I was given the opportunity of sampling five different concoctions, each one unique in its own way but all of them delicious, and then making a subjective call on what the best drink...

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BeetleCat’s Bringing Back Those Beach Bar Cocktails
Feb24

BeetleCat’s Bringing Back Those Beach Bar Cocktails

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I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to beach bar cocktails so when I saw this article from Eater featuring a restaurant in Atlanta dead set on bringing back classic beach bar cocktails, I had to click on the link. According to the Eater article, BeetleCat, “an Asian-American seafood lounge paired with cocktails inspired by 1970s and 1980s beach culture,” is dedicated to bringing back long lost classic beach bar...

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