Rum Journal: A Rum-Based Pick-Me-Up from Trinidad’s 10 Cane

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - November 27, 2012

IN THE FRENCH ANTILLES, and particularly Martinique, there’s a term called “decollage.”

Literally, it means a “take-off,” as in an airplane. But the term is really used for the first drink of the day — the drink (usually a Ti’ Punch), that gets you where you need to go.

While we’re big fans of the Ti’ Punch (don’t miss our recent Rum Journal on the Haitian version of the drink), Trinidad-based 10 Cane Rum has a drink we think fits the spirit of the decollage quite well.

And 10 Cane is even more appropriate due to the fact that, like the rhums of Martinique, it is made from sugar cane juice (in this case, the fresh, Trinidadian variety), not molasses.

And their special pick-me-up is called the Canitas, and it adds exactly the right ingredient for a take-off: espresso.

So we offer the recipe for the Canitas, a rum drink that’s sure to get the day started right.


2 OZ. 10 Cane Rum
1 Shot of Espresso
Optional: Sugar
Fresh Whipped Cream


In a small shot or juice glass add 10 Cane and espresso.
Add sugar, if using.
Garnish with fresh whipped cream, if desired.

You’re now cleared for take-off. — CJ

Popular Posts cape santa maria

The Best Caribbean Beach Resort You’ve Never Heard of 

There’s a boat just offshore called “Escape.”  It’s bobbing in some of the most brilliant, dynamic turquoise water I’ve ever seen, a few meters from a stretch of sand so bright and so white you have to squint to look […]

Marriott Is Opening Its New St Regis Resort In Aruba 

aruba st regis inside the restaurant with chairs

It was more than a decade ago that Marriott opened its first-ever Ritz-Carlton resort in the Dutch Caribbean: the Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, which at the time was the island’s first true five-star resort.  Fast forward to 2024, and Marriott is set […]

From All-Inclusive Resorts to Beaches, Travelers Are Falling in Love With Antigua and Barbuda

antigua barbuda frontier airlines the peninsula with sand

The plunge-pool villas at Hammock Cove. The historic streets of Nelson’s Dockyard. Pool days at Sheer Rocks. Unforgettable honeymoons. Vibrant meals of pepperpot and fungee. Beach bar hopping on the south coast. Endless serenity in Barbuda.  Travelers keep flocking to […]

Related Posts Dominica Caribbean Airlines

Caribbean Airlines Is Making It Easier to Visit Dominica

Caribbean Airlines is expanding its service to the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, making it easier to take a vacation in the nature-filled paradise. Beginning April 7, the airline will increase its service to Dominica from Trinidad, adding a return […]

British Airways Is Launching New Nonstop Flights to Trinidad

Trinidad British Airways Nonstop

Doubles, anyone?  British Airways is launching new nonstop flights to Port of Spain this month, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The new nonstop route from London Gatwick will launch Sunday, March 26, according to British Airways.  The route will be operating […]

Caribbean Airlines Is Adding Flights for Trinidad Carnival

caribbean trinidad

The Caribbean’s most popular Carnival is back next month, and Caribbean Airlines has announced an expansion of flight services for the festival.  That includes additional flights between Toronto, Canada and Port of Spain, with two flights on Feb. 13 and […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You