Getting B!tch Slapped In St. Maarten
Oct17

Getting B!tch Slapped In St. Maarten

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Every beach bar has its signature drink and at St. Maarten’s Blue Bitch Bar, overlooking the beach and boardwalk in Phillipsburg, it’s the appropriately named Bitch Slap. I’m pretty sure the shot, which Marlene confirms in the video, includes Blue Curacao, Triple Sec and some kind of rum (background noise from the peanut gallery drowned out most of her description). I’ve conducted an exhaustive search online for about two minutes...

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Creating the Perfect Cocktail – The Daiquiri Featuring Plantation 3 Stars Rum
Oct02

Creating the Perfect Cocktail – The Daiquiri Featuring Plantation 3 Stars Rum

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One of the easiest-to-answer questions that people often throw my way is “What is your favorite cocktail?” As the owner of this beach bar blog and my more localized blog Hooch and Nosh, the assumption is that I enjoy cocktails. That assumption would be correct. The beach bar lifestyle can certainly be enjoyed sans alcohol. For someone who “researches” them, though, that’s not really an option. Rum is such an integral part of the day...

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13 Images of Rum Ruling the World to Help You Celebrate National Rum Day
Aug16

13 Images of Rum Ruling the World to Help You Celebrate National Rum Day

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It’s National Rum Day here in the good ol’ US of A and while I didn’t get the day off from work to celebrate, I did get tomorrow off. That means tonight I can celebrate without having to face the consequence of having to get out of bed early tomorrow in an effort to pull it all together and be somebody. That’s thinking ahead, people. Let’s face it – this blog probably wouldn’t be as fun and fascinating as it is if rum wasn’t around....

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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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