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Florida Mermaid aged rum from Weeki Wachee

From Weeki Wachee, Florida — the enchanted land of mermaids and manatees — NJoy Distillery produces their Wild Buck American Rye Whiskey and Florida Mermaid aged rum.

The production facility is located on an 80 acre farm in the middle of the 40,000 acre Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area park in a remote portion of Florida’s west coast.

A tasteful blend of Florida and Jamaican rums brings bold flavors to Florida Mermaid rum.

NJoy’s Florida Mermaid aged rum from Weeki Wachee is a blend of Florida rum and pot still aged rum from the Caribbean.

Combining three year old Florida rum with a high ester Jamaican pot still marque, the blend is further rested in the Wild Buck Whiskey barrels for 90 days, resulting in a delightful sipping rum that also makes great cocktails.

The nose begins with bold aromas of black banana, flowers and butter, some vanilla and almond over oak, and a funky fruit basket. On the palate, complex esters offer a delightfully fruity astringent entry that evolves to big warmth in the mid-palate where wood and brown butter precede some baking spice as the finish slowly fades.

Florida Mermaid rum is bottled at 100 proof (50% abv). It’s available at the distillery near Weeki Wachee (7237 Wild Buck Road) as well as liquor stores in Central Florida.

Awards include Best in Class and Best in Category at American Distilling Institutes Spirits Competition in San Diego; Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for Best in Aged Overproof Rum Category; and Silver at the American Craft Spirits Competition in 2016.

The 750ml bottle retails for $39.95.

See the Robs Rum Guide listing for Florida Mermaid Rum.

The New American Rum Revolution seminar

American Rums highlighted in international cocktail seminar

The 2016 Tales Of The Cocktail convention in new Orleans will present a seminar hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide featuring great American rum producers.

Details of The New American Rum Revolution seminar have recently been released.

The New American Rum Revolution seminar

The New American Rum Revolution seminar at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans will be hosted by the editors of Robs Rum Guide.

The 90 minute program is designed to provide a perspective on American rum’s past, present and future with shared insight from some of the most successful American rum producers.

“In the past few years, more national, regional and local rum distillers are gaining well-deserved attention — with many making their mark as true artisan spirits by winning awards and setting new standards for authentic, hand-made rum,” said Robert A. Burr, publisher of Robs Rum Guide. “It’s nothing short of a rum revolution — changing the American rum industry, bringing back the art of craft distilling, presenting American rum in a most favorable light by emphasizing the quality aspects of small production.”

Before the American revolution, more than 8,000 distilleries in the American colonies were producing rum from the plentiful supply of molasses available through trade with Caribbean islands. Most ceased production by the time prohibition decimated the American spirits industry.

“It’s nothing short of a rum revolution — presenting American rum in a most favorable light by emphasizing the quality aspects of small production.”

According to the editors of Robs Rum Guide, the number of distilleries now producing rum in the United States is growing at a incredible rate, igniting what what can only be described as a new American rum revolution.

The trend has sparked a tasting seminar at the upcoming Tales Of The Cocktail festival in New Orleans in July where bartenders and professionals in the spirits trade gather to learn more about their industry.

Among the seminar panelists are Trey Litel of Louisiana Spirits (Bayou Rum), Bob Gunter of the Koloa Rum Company and Steven Gubb of Paradise Imports (Gubba Rum). Robert V. Burr will lead an informative and entertaining sampling of notable American rums with details about each of the producers’ unique qualities.

Select tastings of rums from featured American distilleries include Koloa Kauai Coffee, Gubba Gold, Bayou Select, Taildragger Amber, St. George California Reserve Agricole, St. Augustine Pot Distilled, Montanya Exclusiva, Maggie’s Farm Queen’s Share Rye Barrel, Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum, and Siesta Key Toasted Coconut.

The New American Rum Revolution seminar takes place in New Orleans at 3:30pm on Wednesday, July 20 at the Fleur de Lis Suite of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street. For information about this global gathering of the spirits industry, or tickets for this seminar, visit the Tales Of The Cocktail web site. https://talesofthecocktail.com/

Caribbean Rum Cruise announces VIP distillery tours

A seven day holiday cruise through the Eastern Caribbean, featuring VIP tours of rum distilleries along the way, is set to sail from Puerto Rico on Saturday, November 19.

The 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise offers VIP distillery tours, departing November 19.

A delightful holiday rum cruise through the Eastern Caribbean promises special rum tasting events and VIP distillery tours aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas cruise ship, departing November 19, 2016.

Details of the 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise were recently announced by the Burr family, producers of the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and publishers of Robs Rum Guide. Robert A. Burr and his wife Robin will lead the land tours in St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados, visiting rum shops, rum tasting rooms and distilleries.

Rum cruisers will meet rum experts from around the world, find great rum bargains on each island and revel with fellow rum enthusiasts.

The group will depart Puerto Rico on the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas on a seven night cruise in search of Caribbean rum, returning to San Juan on Saturday, November 26. Guests will enjoy Thanksgiving Day in Barbados with specially planned events and a fabulous holiday meal.

The cost of VIP distillery tours with transportation is $300 per person, in addition to the cost of the cruise. The official travel agent coordinating the rum cruise is Deb Fogarty of Be Well Travel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

“Rum enthusiasts and their friends will especially enjoy this unique opportunity to learn more about their favorite Caribbean spirits  — up close and personal — on these exclusive guided tours by some of the most knowledgeable people in the world of rum,” said Ms. Fogarty. “We are privileged to offer a holiday cruise itinerary that combines all the luxuries of this modern ship with rare VIP access, special tours and fine rum tastings at these iconic distilleries and rum shops along the way.”

“It’s a rum lover’s dream come true: setting sail through the Eastern Caribbean on a holiday adventure to discover how great rum is produced, aged and blended.”

Space for the VIP tours and tastings is limited. Call 954-778-5699 for booking details or email: Deb@bewelltravel.com.

For more details on the 2016 Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, see the Rum Cruise web page. http://www.rumrenaissance.com/Cruise.html

Matusalem opens new production facility in Dominican Republic

The Miami-based family owners of Matusalem Rum, after being exiled from Cuba for nearly 60 years, recently celebrated the opening of their new ISO 9000 approved production facility in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic.

The bottling line in their new Dominican Republic manufacturing facility allows Matusalem rum to expand their production capacity while maintaining the legacy Cuban formula that makes their solera style rum a favorite in many countries.

The bottling line in their new Dominican Republic manufacturing facility allows Matusalem rum to expand their production capacity while maintaining the legacy Cuban formula that makes their solera style rum a favorite in many countries.

Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina and the Minister of Industry and Trade, José del Castillo Saviñón, were on hand to officiate the event.

The new facility is projected to produce more than 550,000 cases of rum per year, with an initial production of 14,000 bottles a day, creating more than 300 direct jobs and approximately 750 indirect jobs in the local economy.

A state-of-the-art bottling line and large space for aging barrels will allow the company to expand production and increase distribution throughout United States, the European Union, Russia, Middle East, Asia Pacific, South America, Central America, México and the Caribbean Islands.

After arriving in Cuba from their native Spain, Benjamin and Eduardo Camp and partner Evaristo Alvarez, founded Matusalem Rum in 1872 in Santiago de Cuba. The company’s President/CEO is Dr. Claudio Alvarez, a direct descendant of Evaristo Alvarez.

Matusalem Rum distillation and blending principles come from the Solera Aging System, originally developed for the production of sherry and brandy.

Matusalem Rums are still produced in the same Cuban tradition, using the family’s secret formula and according to the same exacting standards established by the brand’s founders over a century ago. These rums are produced and bottled in the Dominican Republic under the strictest quality guidelines and every batch is carefully analyzed before release.

Among their most popular expressions, the Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15 year old aged rum is the winner of many awards and accolades by rum experts around the world.

The production team at Matusalem's new manufacturing facility in Dominican Republic.

The production team at Matusalem’s new manufacturing facility in Dominican Republic.

Gruppo Campari honors Joy Spence and Eddie Russell

In today’s fast-paced world it might be hard to imagine spending five or even ten years at one job. Gruppo Campari is celebrating two loyal employees and spirits industry legends who have been on the job for three and a half decades each.

Master Blenders Honored

Two titans of the spirits world mark major milestones, as Appleton Estate Jamaica rum master blender and Wild Turkey master distiller celebrate 35 years in the industry.

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Master Blender Joy Spence and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Eddie Russell were recognized on May 18, 2016 at the Gruppo Campari Annual Convention for both having served the spirits industry for 35 years.

In commemorating Joy and Eddie’s contribution to the industry, with both careers spanning back to the 1980s, Gruppo Campari’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Kunze-Concewitz, said: “Gruppo Campari is honored to have two legends of the spirits industry in charge of crafting and ensuring the exceptional quality and taste of our Appleton Estate and Wild Turkey brands. The entire Campari family joins with rum, bourbon, and spirits enthusiasts around the world in congratulating Joy and Eddie on this significant milestone in their careers.”

Joy has the distinction of being the first female Master Blender in the Spirits industry, and she will also celebrate her 20th Anniversary as Master Blender in 2017. Among Joy’s many award-winning creations for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum are Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum (the oldest barrel-aged rum in the world), Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old, and the Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary Blend, which was her first creation as Master Blender. In addition, Joy is currently preparing a limited edition blend of rums aged at least 25 years which will be released in concert with her 20th anniversary as Master Blender.

Joy was awarded the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer by the Government of Jamaica for her service to industry. Joy also possesses a honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the University of Loughborough and a honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies.

Appointed Master Distiller at Wild Turkey in 2015, Eddie Russell is the 3rd generation Russell to work at Wild Turkey and he is also a Bourbon Hall of Famer. With bourbon and rye more popular than ever, he is in the most prolific period of his career, creating some of the finest premium whiskies on the market, including Master’s Keep 17 Year Old, Wild Turkey Forgiven and Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary.

This year, Wild Turkey will release Eddie’s second limited-edition bourbon as Master Distiller. Named Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Decades, this limited edition commemorates Eddie’s 35th year at the distillery. Additionally, Eddie’s son Bruce recently joined the family business, serving as a brand ambassador for Russell’s Reserve, making the Russell clan one of the only multi-generational whiskey-making families in the business.

Both Joy and Eddie enjoy traveling the world spreading the word about rum and bourbon respectively, and they will kick off their 35th Anniversary Celebrations with a dinner for spirits writers and enthusiasts that they will jointly host in London on May 24th.

Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum from Panama

An exquisite expression long rested in oak barrels in the tropical regions of Panama, Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is presented as a luxury limited edition of 6,720 bottles from hand-selected bourbon casks.

The Zafra Master Series, well known for the 21 year old Master Reserve, gained worldwide attention upon its debut in 2009 by Dana Importers of Miami, Florida.

The new limited edition Zafra 30 year old aged rum is a limited edition luxury expresion from Panama.

Created by a masterful blender, Zafra 30 year old limited edition aged rum from Panama sets a high standard for luxury rums sold in the United States.

This 30 year old luxury rum debuted at the VIP Tasting Bar of the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival to the amazement of many serious rum enthusiasts.

The color is deep mahogany. Aromas of luscious old oak over rich dark fruit lead to buttery dark brown caramel and vanilla. On the palate, a perfectly balanced entry of bitter wood, vanilla and honey blossoms into a warm and complex mid-palate accentuated with echoes of sherry and bourbon. The very long finish remains balanced to the end.

Zafra 30 Year Old aged rum is the result of a legendary life-long master blender’s talent, persistence and attention to detail. This limited edition rum expression is among the very finest from Panama.

The 750ml bottle retails for about $190.

2016 RumXP Award Winners Announced at Miami Rum Festival

The International Rum Expert Panel today announced the list of awarding winning rums from their 2016 blind tasting competition held at the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

A wide variety of rums from more than 30 countries came to the annual Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo to compete for top honors in the International Rum Expert Panel blind tasting competition.

Miami Rum Festival is once again host to the RumXP international tasting competition with several dozen esteemed rum judges precipitating in the premiere rum competition, presenting prestigious rum awards to the best scoring products.

The event brought together a vast selection of rums from Sweden and Denmark, India, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Puerto Rico, Peru, Barbados, Mexico, Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Belize, Panama, St. Lucia, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Haiti, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas and many more rum making countries, as well as Rhums Agricoles from Martinique and Cachaças from Brazil.

The distinguished panel of RumXP judges were sequestered for three days of blind tasting sessions carefully organized by the experienced competition staff before being analyzed and compiled by a veteran team of statisticians.

In addition to the professional RumXP judges, the Consumer Rum Jury, consisting of serious rum enthusiasts from across America and around the world, convened to sample and evaluate many fine rums for their own awards based on consumer preferences.

The results of these two international rum blind tasting competitions based on the categories and styles of rum are as follows.

• White Rum
Best In Class: Bayou Silver
Gold: Blue Chair Bay, Pito Rico Elite, Don Q Cristal, Ron Cartavio Silver

• Premium White Rum
Best In Class: Puerto Angel
Gold: Caliche, Fwaygo, Plantation 3 Star, Skotlander Rum VI, Koloa White

• Gold Rum
Best In Class: Siesta Key Gold
Gold: Wicked Dolphin, Puerto Angel Amber, Don Q Gold, Koloa Gold

• Spiced Rum
Best In Class: Siesta Key Spiced
Gold: Siesta Key Distillers Solara, Bayou Spiced, Siesta Key Limited Edition Spiced, Koloa Spiced

• Flavored Rum
Best In Class: Koloa Coffee
Gold: Plantation Stiggin’s Fancy Pineapple Rum, Don Q Pasion, Blue Chair Bay Banana, Koloa Coconut

• Overproof Rum
Best In Class: Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof
Gold: Pito Rico 106, Don Q 151, Gunroom 130 Proof, Skotlander V

• Black Rum
Best In Class: Wicked Dolphin Black
Gold: Koloa Black

• Aged Rum
Best In Class: Bayou Select
Gold: Don Q Anejo, Marauda Steel Pan, Plantation Original Dark, Tiburon

• Aged Rum 5-8 Years
Best In Class: Ron Duran 7
Gold: Plantation 5, Cartavio 5

• Aged Rum 9-12 Years
Best In Class: Yolo Gold
Gold: Cartavio Solera 12, Ron Duran 12, Panama Pacific 9

• Aged Rum 15+
Best In Class: Pusser’s 15yr
Gold: Panama Pacific 23

• Premium Aged Rum
Best In Class: Plantation 20th Anniversary
Gold: Plantation Gran Anejo, Santeria Rum, Don Q Gran Anejo, Fwaygo Single Barrel

• Vintage Aged Rum
Best In Class: Mezan Jamaica 2000
Gold: Plantation Jamaica 2001, Plantation St. Lucia 2004, Mezan Panama 2006, Don Q 2005, Mezan Guyana 2005

• Agricole Unaged Rhum
Best In Class: Maison La Mauny Ter Rouj
Gold: Trois Rivières Cuvee du Moulin, Isautier Blanc, Maison La Mauny Blanc

• Agricole Aged Rhum
Best In Class: Trois Rivières VSOP
Gold: Isautier Vieux Louis & Charles, Isautier Vieux 7yr, Maison La Mauny XO

• Cachaça Unaged
Best In Class: Weber Haus
Gold: Germana Ultra Premium, Germana Palha, Novo Fogo Silver, Lundu Silver

• Cachaça Aged
Best In Class: Sebastiana Single barrel
Gold: Novo Fogo 2yr Oak, Sebastiana 3yr Double Barrel, Middas Carvalho, Germana Caetano’s

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• The 2016 Consumer Rum Jury Awards

Best In Class: Siesta Key Toasted Coconut

Gold: Koloa Coffee, Plantation Pineapple, Pussers 15, YOLO Gold, Koloa Coconut, Duran 12

Silver: Mezan Panama 2005, La Mauny Spiced, Koloa Dark, Tiburon, Don Q Signature Release 2005

Bronze: Dzama Rhum Nosy Be 104, Balcones Texas Rum, Panama Pacific 9, Puerto Angel Blanco, Fwaygo White, Trois Rivières Cuvee Du Moulin, Blue Chair Bay White

Brazilian Invasion at Miami Rum Renaissance Festival

The spirit producers of Brazil are planning a Miami invasion. The DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport Convention Center is the focus of this invasion scheduled for April 15-17 to celebrate the national cane spirit of Brazil: Cachaça.

Brazils' cane spirit producers are invading the Miami Rum Festival with "Taste Brazil," a group presentation of the best cachaça products.

The Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC) and Brazilian spirit producers are coming to Miami Rum Renaissance Festival April 15-18 to share their enthusiasm for the authentic spirit of Brazil.

With a robust campaign entitled “Taste The New Cachaça — Taste Brasil,” ten brands are teaming up to “invade America” by showing American rum enthusiasts and professionals their best cane spirits at the upcoming Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo.

Don’t call it rum. It’s not made from molasses. Cachaça (pronounced kah-SHAH-sah) is fermented and distilled fresh cane juice. Compared to rums made from molasses, it’s a bit sassy and wild, built for fun and easily accessible to those that appreciate the true spirit of cane.

While most rums are distilled from 85 to 95% pure alcohol, Cachaça is typically distilled to only 38 to 48%, leaving behind more of the natural flavors of cane in the distillate. The United States officially recognizes the category of Cachaça as a product unique to Brazil.

Although there are no precise records as to the actual site where Cachaça was first distilled, historians and researchers believe it was distilled at a sugar mill located on the coast of Brazil sometime between 1516 and 1532.

Carlos Lima is the Executive Director of the Brazilian Institute of Cachaça (IBRAC). “With more than a thousand producers in Brasil now garnering attention — many of which are small, regional artisan operations — the world is discovering Cachaça as a fascinating spirit unique to Brasil. We’re coming to Miami to share our enthusiasm, our passion and our skill in producing the very best cane spirits.”

Among the brands and expressions participating are Destom 1000 Montes Amendoim, Dona Beja Sarau Reserva Especial, Germana Desde 1912, Meia Lua Azul, Middas, Novo Fogo Barrel Aged, Sebastiana Double Barrel, Velho Barreiro Diamond, Weber Haus Premium Black and Werneck Ouro.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Trade Expo is a global gathering of rum professionals and consumers held for three days in mid-April at the DoubleTree Airport Convention Center. Tickets are available online in advance.

In addition to exhibiting products to consumers and the trade, Mr. Carlos Lima will be presenting a seminar entitled: “Cachaça: Brasil In A Bottle” at 3pm Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17.

For more information, visit the web site at http://www.MiamiRumFest.com

Montanya Exclusiva aged rum from Colorado

From Crested Butte, Colorado — some say the last great Colorado ski town — comes a fine aged American craft rum with a unique flavor profile from Montanya Distillers.

Montanya’s limited edition Exclusiva is a pot still aged rum that rests for 30 months in American White Oak Barrels that previously held Colorado whisky. It is then finished for six months in a French Oak barrel that recently held Sutcliffe Vineyard’s Colorado-made Cabernet Sauvignon and Port.

“Many rums on the market today contain only a fraction of the oldest rum they advertise on their labels,” said Karen Hoskin, Co-founder and President of Montanya Distillers. “However, with our Exclusiva rum, this is a single barrel rum, which is aged for three years. Every bottle is marked with its barrel number.”

Limited Edition Montanya Exclusiva aged rum rests in whiskey and port barrels for a delightful assimilation of flavors.

Montanya Distillers’ limited edition Exclusiva aged rum from Crested Butte, Colorado is a fine exampled of the growing trend of award-winning American rums.

Aromas of earth, cane and brown sugar are complimented by the oak and wine berry notes over hints of baking spice and vanilla. On the palate, the aged rum spirit is well enhanced by the wine barrel accents revealing notes of honey and raisin, vanilla, port and whiskey before fortified wine and butter linger into the long finish.

Exclusiva is the first line extension since Montanya Distillers opened in 2008. It will mainly be available in Colorado through Republic National Distributing Company and at Montanya’s tasting room in Crested Butte, Colorado.

“We have always wanted to age a rum in the barrel for longer than the Oro and Platino,” said Karen. For the first five years we were in business, all we could do was keep the Oro and Platino in stock, so the Exclusiva kept getting bottled and sold as Oro. Finally we just had to commit to it. It was worth the wait — it is such a unique rum. Not everyone will understand what we are doing with this rum’s flavor profile, because it finishes dry and tannic unlike most rums which finish sweet with a rush of caramel. The vinous character of this rum is something I personally love, because I have always preferred my rums more dry. I love what the French Oak and its Port contribute to the Exclusiva’s smoothness. But if you are looking for a traditional Caribbean style rum, this is not it. It is made from only 12% molasses, This is mountain style all the way — raw unrefined cane, altitude age and mineralized mountain water to proof. It is just plain different and worth a sip.”

Exclusiva joins Montanya’s Oro dark aged rum and Platino light aged rum, which together have won 19 gold and silver medals in international competitions. The Platino also won two Best in Class designations and was named Best White Rum at the World Rum Awards in 2015.

The brand has gained a solid reputation not only for creating well crafted spirits, but also for their philosophy of incorporating smart and sustainable technology, such as their 100% wind powered distillery and tasting room. The barrel aging facility includes a south-facing solar wall which warms the barrels and opens the pores of the oak during daylight, then allows the crisp mountain temperatures to cool the barrels at night, emphasizing the interaction between spirit and wood.

Montanya Exclusiva in the 750ml bottle sells for $59.

Hemingway Daiquiri remains a Cuban classic

The Daiquiri is among the simplest of drinks: Rum, Lime, and Sugar — shaken, not stirred. Among the most interesting variations on the simple theme of lime and rum, the Hemingway Daiquiri has endured as one of the most beloved.

Constantino Ribalaigua was the Cuban Champion of the Daiquiri. He refined and perfected many versions at La Floridita in Havana. In fact, the 1939 edition of his La Florida Cocktail Book included no less than five variations of the classic hand-shaken drink, not to mention the hand blended variations he made popular.

The classic Hemingway Daiquiri from La Floridita by Constantino Ribalaigua.

The world famous Hemingway Daiquiri was developed by Constantino Ribalaigua at his legendary bar, La Floridita in Havana, Cuba.

Elsewhere in Havana, in 1937, increasingly besieged and beleaguered by tourists at the ever popular Sloppy Joe’s, Ernest Hemingway stumbled a few blocks into Constantino’s bar and immediately fell in love with the intimate atmosphere of “La Cuna del Daiquiri” (the Cradle of the Daiquiri). La Floridita became his second home. You can still find a bronze statue of Hemingway sitting in his favorite spot.

Hemingway naturally preferred his drinks dry, and Constantino’s Daiquiri Number Three fit the bill perfectly. Over time, as this tart libation became the writer’s perennial favorite, it simply became known as Hemingway’s Daiquiri.

The Hemingway Daiquiri

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1.5 ounces of dry white rum (Caña Brava preferred)

method: combine ingredients with shaved ice and shake vigorously for at least one minute, until the can becomes extremely cold. Strain into cocktail glass.

The Hemingway Daiquiri is meant to be very dry on the palate — if that’s not to your liking, you could add up to a quarter ounce of simple syrup, to taste.

The less sugar in the drink the more that you can consume. There’s written accounts of Hemingway and a friend consuming 17 doubles each, in one marathon bad weather session.

A note on the Luxardo Maraschino: this dry liqueur is made from the sour fruit and the crushed pits of Marasca cherries. The red liquid in a jar of cocktail cherries is not to be used as a substitute.

Now, lets talk rum. Constantino would have most likely used Bacardi Superior, made in Cuba. Choose a dry rum that reflects the old Carta Blanca style. My preference is Caña Brava from the 86 Company.

For the popular Papa Doble variation, double all the ingredients, add an equal amount of ice, and frappe. Serve in a large chilled goblet with a straw. Sliced lime wheel and brandied cherry garnish optional, but totally awesome.

Here’s to less sugar in the glass for less pain in the ass. May you find your own “Islands In The Stream.”

-RumScout

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