July 10th marks Pina Colada Day! The Pina Colada is the perfect blend of pineapple, coconut cream, rum and ice! I have to admit that a virgin Pina Colada (without the rum) is pretty delicious as well. Thanks to some medical issues and crazy antibiotics, I was forced to drink virgin drinks on a recent vacation. The virgin Pina Colada was the best of the bunch. Given the heatwave sweeping America, a Pina Colada would be the perfect way to keep the whole family cool and refreshed with virgin Pina Coladas for the kiddies and Pina Coladas with kick from the parents. …Read More
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True Blood is coming back this weekend!
Being huge fans of True Blood we thought that this from drink Botran Rum would be perfect. It may not taste as good as the real thing, but fangers everywhere agree that True Blood comes damn close.
An after dinner drink created by Marshall Altier that is modeled on a favorite classic, “Silk Stockings”. Marshall retooled this one with the addition of Amaretto to dry off the drink and give it an earthy backbone and replaced Tequila as the base spirit with Denizen Rum to provide some body and aroma.
This drink, created by Marshall Altier, is a variation of a Chares H Baker drink called Daisy de Santiago. Obeah is Trinin witchcraft and a play on the Strega (Italian for witch” float. It’s a lot more interesting with the Falernum and Strega combo hitting your senses. It’s easy to replicate.
In this recipe created by Marshall Altier, double up the use of your grill this summer by adding fresh pineapple. There’s no need to brush the pineapple with oil as the natural sugars in the fruit will caramelize on their own, bringing a sweet, smoky flavor to this summertime drink.
A more culinary variation of a Harry MacElhone classic “Afterall” created by Marshall Altier. This one has great fresh summer flavors and the cardamom is a nice reference to Trini food culture.
We were going to do a Cinco de Mayo Drink, but felt this would be more appropriate today. There are a number of drinks named the Brass Monkey. We think the Beastie Boys would have been drinking this recipe, equal parts mart liquor and orange juice. Not for the faint of heart.
We like the variation below too.
Brass Monkey Cocktail
I lucked into Cadenhead’s. Staring at their board of scotch whiskies, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Instead of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, it was Rachel and the Whisky Shop. I was in awe and yet overwhelmed. I was paralyzed by the choices and requested help. In my second stroke of luck that day, Mark Davidson, the Manager of Cadenhead’s, assisted me. Mark was one of the most informative scotch experts I have met. He spent almost an hour with me explaining the different styles and distilleries and I felt like we barely scratched the surface (as that is just what we did). Seriously, I could have talked to him all day and it left me with an overwhelming desire to return to Scotland, if only to spend more time with Mark. Check out Mark’s Scotch site at www.jollytopertastings.co.uk. …Read More
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