Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We're Going to Camp!

The budget hasn't allowed for any "real travel" in 2010 or 2011.  By that I mean multi-week, international, close to the ground immersion into another culture.  We've been able to manage family reunions and weddings in the US, but that's about it.  So...time to cash in some frequent flyer miles for free, first class, trans-continental air tix and head off to camp...

the Maho Bay Tent Cottages on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.  It really was a no brainer.  We're going in October...that's during hurricane season...which makes it almost free and keeps away the hordes of people who would rather travel during the winter holiday season :)

Since our weather this spring has been unseasonably...you could also say unreasonably...cold and rainy, I've found myself day dreaming about the Caribbean.  Maybe a some study about the rum drinks of the region would brighten my day.

A little research revealed the following:

The rum of choice on St. John seems to be Cruzan Rum.  It's produced on the neighboring island of St. Croix.

The favorite local cocktail on St. John is the

Painkiller

2 ounces rum
1 ounce cream of coconut
4 ounces pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
freshly grated nutmeg

Put the juices, rum and a few grates of nutmeg in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until very cold and then pour over fresh ice.  Top with a little more grated nutmeg.

Now, you can tell by the name of the drink that this could be trouble.  Also, I really don't like cocktails that are too sweet...and I can't say that I care for orange juice.

So...I learned a little more about the traditional

Caribbean Rum Punch

The recipe template can be memorized with the
West Indian rhyme...One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak.

These ingredients can vary by taste, but an example looks like

1 part lime juice
2 parts simple syrup or grenadine (or better yet, Campari)
3 parts rum
4 parts juice (orange, pineapple, etc.)
freshly grated nutmeg
a dash or two of bitters

This is more to my liking with the balancing sour of lime, but still has orange juice.  I think I'll experiment with a hybrid of the two...

Maho Bay Killer Rum Punch

1 part lime juice (sour)
2 parts cream of coconut (sweet)
3 parts Cruzan Rum (strong)
4 parts pineapple juice, perhaps diluted with some water (weak)
freshly grated nutmeg

I'll put together our household test committee and we'll see if we can accomplish some research and development :)

If it doesn't work out, we may fall back on one of our favorite summer tipples

Rum and Tonic

2 ounces rum poured over ice in a tall glass
fill with good tonic water (i.e. Fever Tree)
2 big squeezes fresh lime, toss in a wedge or slice
stir

I'm pretty confident that we'll figure it out in time for camp...

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