"Rum is an underdog" Connor told us, comparing its place in the drinking world to where tequila was ten years ago. He launched from there into a history lesson, giving context to all of us on where rum comes from and why it's important--especially the [name of rum deleted to protect the innocent] rum, which we then were invited to taste a flight of: the 3 year and the 7 year.
Manager Kate Perry was a blur, getting all the glasses out for the flight--two per person in a matter of seconds. As we delved further into prohibition era laws in the US and the growth of the rum industry and bar scene in Cuba, we were served a third drink, the Presidente.
When Connor's very in-depth presentation was finished, the spirit of Cuba and the journey into terrific rums continued with discounts on rum drinks for the rest of the evening.
In case you missed out (or just want to relive the awesome mini-vacation at home), here are the recipes for the two cocktails we had:
- 1 jigger rum (Havana Club Añejo Blanco suggested)
- Juice of half a lime
- 1/4 oz Curaçao
- 1/4 oz sugar
Shake, strain in a chilled cocktail shell.
- 1 jigger rum (Havana Club 2 años suggested)
- 1/2 oz blanc vermouth
- 1 t dry curaçao
- 2 dashes grenadine
Garnish with a flat orange twist.
Many thanks to this month's guest blogger Naomi Bishop whose own blog The Gastro Gnome is a mouth watering feast of all that is delicious. And of course muchas gracias to the whole Rumba crew, especially Connor and Kate for doing everything besides the rumba, to make us happy! Cheers! ~Wendy