LUPEC Seattle Dismantling the Patriarchy…one drink at a time!

Ladies for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, Seattle Edition!
We try to meet up once a month in the area's best cocktail bars to try tasty libations made of gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, etc.
Occasionally we throw a party and use our power to raise money for local charities.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Romancing the Rum Era at Rumba

March is not always an altogether beautiful weather month in Seattle, so LUPEC took their mouths on a rum-soaked mental journey to the sunshine and good times of pre-Castro Cuba.
With the guidance of Rumba's bar manager, Connor O'Brien, we were transported to front row seats, next to Ernest Hemingway at the El Floridita bar in old Havana.
The Daquiri #2 started us out, using (as all the night's drinks did) [name of rum deleted to protect the innocent] rum, allowing the LUPEC ladies a chance to sip a special spirit, one that we would not have been able to find had we just stayed here in Seattle. Any good journey requires a few snacks to keep everyone happy, so Rumba supplied us with plantain chips and guacamole.
"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:

Daquiri #2
  • 1 jigger rum (Havana Club Añejo Blanco suggested)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 oz Curaçao
  • 1/4 oz sugar
Place all ingredients in glass.
Shake, strain in a chilled cocktail shell.

Presidente
  • 1 jigger rum (Havana Club 2 años suggested)
  • 1/2 oz blanc vermouth
  • 1 t dry curaçao
  • 2 dashes grenadine
Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail shell.
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

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