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Rum Journal: Why This is the Caribbean’s Greatest Cocktail

February 28, 2015 | 9:30 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: a Ti’ Punch in Terre de Haut, Guadeloupe (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell No matter where you are in the West Indies, you will find rum punch. And it is almost always perfect, except when a few too many bitters steal their way in. In Puerto Rico, the Pina Colada is king, born in San Juan, where two places vie for the claim of its birthplace but more...

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Rum Journal: Tasting Harbour Island’s New Afrohead Rum

February 26, 2015 | 11:59 pm | 0 Comment

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IT’S LAST CALL at a far-off Bahamian bar. You ask again for the rum you’ve been drinking, but the bottle’s empty. The bartender reaches under the counter, pulling out a bottle, unmarked, unnamed. You’re the first to drink it tonight, a member of some well-earned club. That’s the soul of the Caribbean’s newest rum, Afrohead, a onetime house rum that’s more...

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Rum Journal: This is the Coolest Rooftop Bar in Condado

January 31, 2015 | 6:03 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the Rooftup Club at the O:live Boutique Hotel (All photos by CJ) Condado is hip, it’s energetic. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, some of the best shopping. This is the Condado district of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, a modern, energetic district that redefines the Caribbean neighbourhood. It’s also home to one of more...

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Rum Journal: Rincon, Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Cocktail

January 28, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: a Coco Pirata in Rincon (All photos by CJ) RINCON — Like most famous cocktails, it has a story, a history. It also has more than one name. Served inside a coconut, it’s the signature drink at Rincón, Puerto Rico’s Villa Cofresi hotel, which has been on the beach in Rincon for more than a half-century. The drink is called any number of things: El more...

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Rum Journal: In Nevis, Pairing Rum With Food

January 24, 2015 | 4:00 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: Mango at the Four Seasons Nevis (all photos by CJ) In the Caribbean, rum goes well with just about everything. But as the glory of rum continues to expand its reach, more and more people are beginning to realize that one can marry fine dining and rum just the same way one can pair wine with food. That’s the idea behind the newest initiative at the Four more...

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Rum Journal: Finding a Secret Rum Bar in St Maarten

December 6, 2014 | 12:20 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: Caribbean Liquors in St Maarten (all photos by CJ) ST MAARTIN — For rum lovers, St Maarten is one of the Meccas of the Caribbean. That's because, as one of its transportation hubs, rums from all over the region make their way here, from the rhums agricoles of Martinique and Guadeloupe to lesser-known varieties from islands like St Lucia. That's without more...

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Rum Journal: Finding the Perfect Bar on a Caribbean Cruise Ship

December 5, 2014 | 7:10 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the Ensemble Lounge (All photos by CJ) MONDAY night in a dimly-lit bar. Slow jazz plays. There are high-backed chairs and muted conversations. The bartenders mix and pour and mix again. Then the whole room moves. Not a lot, but enough to remind you that you're not in a jazz club in Midtown Manhattan — you're in the middle of the Atlantic ocean en route more...

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Rum Journal: In Miami Beach, A Caribbean Rum Sanctuary

December 1, 2014 | 7:30 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: The Rum Line in Miami Beach (all photos by CJ) MIAMI BEACH — "THIS IS a rum bar," the server warned. She meant a proper rum bar, meaning those in search of whiskey and vodka should search elsewhere. For rum enthusiasts, it was a welcome warning: a rum bar — one devoted to the glory of rum. And that's precisely what we found at The Rum Line, set more...

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Rum Journal: A Hot Rum Punch Recipe For Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 | 6:41 pm | 0 Comment

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For CJ readers who aren't in the Caribbean right now, we sympathize. And we have some help for you. Phil Greene, the author of To Have and Have Another, an Ernest Hemingway cocktail companion, has offered the recipe for what he calls the "Hemingway Hot Rum Punch." And trust us, it will warm you up as the mercury falls. Here's the full recipe: Hemingway Hot Rum more...

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Rum Journal: Sense Beach House’s Beyond Good & Evil

November 25, 2014 | 6:13 pm | 0 Comment

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By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor Miami isn’t just CJ’s hometown. It’s also the gateway to the Caribbean, so we don’t have to go far for a little island flavor when we need it. Today’s cocktail recipe comes right from our own backyard at South Beach’s Sense Beach House, where The Local House bar serves up this jalapeno-spiked rummy refresher that more...

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