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Rum Journal: Finding a Secret Rum Bar in St Maarten

 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 …

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

 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, …

Rum Journal: In Miami Beach, A Caribbean Rum Sanctuary

 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 …

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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 …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ 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 …

 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 …

 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 …

 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 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 …

 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 …

 Above: Habitation Clement in Martinique (CJ Photo) Local. It’s a word whose meaning has broadened in recent years. Today, it means authentic, it means close by, it means fresh. And while we love rums from all over the Caribbean, an increasing …

 Above: SALT Plage in St Kitts (All photos by CJ) It’s only opened earlier this year, but SALT Plage, the new beach bar at St Kitts’ Christophe Harbour development, just might be the coolest beach bar on the island. Whether …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor From the Caribbean’s “nature island,” of Dominica we’re sharing Rosalie Bay resort’s signature cocktail, a rum-vodka combo guaranteed to transport you to where the Rosalie River meets black-sand beaches in a single sip. The magic …

 Above: The Peter John Sugar Cane Rum Bar at Coconut Bay in St Lucia (CJ Photo) We’ve written much in these pages celebrating the “rum bar.” Not to be confused with your standard Caribbean bar that serves rum, a rum bar …

caribbean french rhum

 It’s the rum capital of the Caribbean — at least if you go by the number of distilleries. The French Caribbean island of Martinique has a whopping 11 distilleries, with even more rum brands, each producing the department’s signature rhum …

 Above: the Hyatt Regency Trinidad It’s an essential ingredient in so many cocktails: Angostura Bitters. The famous secret recipe comes, of course, from the island of Trinidad. But it’s even better when accompanied by Angostura Rum, too. The latest Rum …

 Above: the Infinity villa at the Tryall Club Sure, there are beautiful villas across the Caribbean, but how many come with their own private bartender? At the five-bedroom Infinity villa at Jamaica’s Tryall Club, you get your own chef, bartender …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor We don’t mind admitting that we’re just a little bit obsessed with mangoes: The firm-yet-yielding sunshine yellow flesh; the distinctively sweet aroma; the flavor that says “Caribbean” with every mouthful … Which is why we …