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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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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Plantation Releases Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) Rum
Jul26

Plantation Releases Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) Rum

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Having been a fan of the rum expressions coming out of Plantation Rum for a few years now, it pretty much made my week when I discovered they had released their “Old Fashioned Traditional Dark” aged rum (O.F.T.D.) at the recent Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans. A blend of Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados rums and an overproof at 69%, the OFTD was created by Alexandre Gabriel, the master blender at Cognac Ferrand,...

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