Newburyport’s Paddle Inn and the Best Rum Punch This Side of the Tropics
Nov29

Newburyport’s Paddle Inn and the Best Rum Punch This Side of the Tropics

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How did the best rum punch north of the palm tree line end up at The Paddle Inn, a surf bar in Newburyport, Massachusetts? Well, that’s because Nolan Gawron, a writer and bartender I met on my Anguilla press trip (I always drop “Anguilla press trip” whenever I get the chance), did his research in Barbados. After all, if I’ve learned anything from writing this blog, the “research” is half the fun....

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Get Refreshed With “The Nipple” at Paradise Beach Bar, St. Lucia
Oct13

Get Refreshed With “The Nipple” at Paradise Beach Bar, St. Lucia

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I love cocktails and I love the beach which pretty much explains my obsession with beach bars. What’s not to love? Sipping a delicious cocktail on the beach with palms swaying overhead while you are mesmerized by the beach in front of you is the perfect day in my book. That’s why I love videos like this one. Not only do they transport me to somewhere I’d rather be, they also let me know how I can create my own liquid...

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Three Cool Caribbean Cocktails To Make Your Summer Hotter
Jun14

Three Cool Caribbean Cocktails To Make Your Summer Hotter

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What pairs better with a hot summer than a refreshing cold cocktail? Nothing. That’s why this list of three cocktails from the casually luxurious Le Guanahani, a Caribbean resort located in St. Bart’s/Barth’s/Bart/Barth/Bartholomew (I think I got them all), is as welcome as the sound of clinking ice in your “it’s so cold it’s sweating” cocktail glass. They take their mixology seriously at Le Guanahani where they include...

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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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