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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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Rum Journal: In Virgin Gorda, a Bar Among the Treetops

November 20, 2014 | 10:12 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the Treehouse at the Rock Cafe in Virgin Gorda (All photos by CJ) VIRGIN GORDA — It isn't the highest bar in Virgin Gorda, but it's certainly the tallest. Here, winding through branches, weaving up around the island's famous volcanic boulders, is a Caribbean bar inside a treehouse. It's just about a year old, and it's an addition to the renowned Rock more...

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Rum Journal: Trinidad’s Angostura No. 1

November 13, 2014 | 9:45 pm | 0 Comment

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WE'RE BIG fans of the venerable House of Angostura here at Rum Journal. While much of the world knows Angostura first for its bitters we know better: their rum is outstanding, led by our typical favourite, the sensational 1919 (although the 1824 is quite good, too). So we were quite excited when we were finally able to get our hands on the company's newest premium more...

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Rum Journal: In Tortola, A Rum Punch With a View

November 12, 2014 | 8:19 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: Stoutt's Lookout in Tortola (All photos by CJ) WE DROVE right by the bar. "Wait a minute," the driver told me, backing up the car. Yes, this was a place worth stopping. Above: the famous Stoutt We got out on the side of the hill and proceeded into this colourful bar, perched on a hillside high above the famous Cane Garden Bay. Open just over more...

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Rum Journal: Cockspur Old Gold

November 11, 2014 | 5:12 pm | 0 Comment

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THE NAME was immediately intriguing. "Old Gold." How can you turn down a taste of that? Old Gold Special Reserve Rum comes from Cockspur, which calls the venerable Barbados' West Indies Rum Distillery home. Cockspur is one of the most popular brands on an island that rather legitimately claims to have invented the stuff. On to the tasting of this more...

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Rum Journal: A Taste of Abaka Bay, Haiti

November 9, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment

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Above: Abaka Bay in Haiti IT'S ONE of the secret paradises of the Caribbean: the island of Ile a Vache, Haiti. And the island's leading boutique resort, Abaka Bay, has been kind enough to share a taste with us, offering the recipe for one ifs signature rum cocktails. You might call it a Taste of Abaka Bay. Here's the recipe: 4 oz of Rhum (preferably more...

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