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Mixology Monday: On a Dark & Stormy, a Ti' Punch

if you know how we roll here in the Den - and if you're reading this, you might quite possibly understand - we tend to do two things for every month's MxMo and I, at least, tend to post on Sundays because I can never guarantee getting one out on a Monday.  A big "hooah!" out to Trader Tiki for hosting this month.

As I'd mentioned previously, my plan had always been to get my friend dan_oz to help me pick out rum drinks.  Unfortunately (or not), that didn't happen.  Not only did we not make it to the kickball party I'd been planning on going to but we just hung out with our friend Roy and my brother Matt at our house and at the new local bar Dogwood Tavern, drinking copious amounts of beer.  I did manage to give him his bottle of Scarlet Ibis and I can't wait to hear what he thinks of it.  Still, I'm not a huge rum guy.

Today, after a brunch downtown at Kramerbooks, I was talking with my cohort tmfiii and we remembered MxMo (which I had completely forgotten):

[17:35] T. Marshall Fawley III (Talk.v104DAA3B7B8): after dinner, I need to figure out mxmo . . . doh
[17:36] seanmike: oh crap
[17:36] seanmike: hey it's rum

Notice the blistering level of discourse that goes on behind the bar in the Scofflaw's Den.

But I'd talked about something yesterday, hadn't made it, and so now it was time.

Before that, though, it was time for dinner.  We cooked up some steaks, corn on the cob, some green beans, but in the kitchen, because, well, the weather...



(Not pictured: rain pouring down)

Let's try the other side of the house.

Feh.



Trust me, it looked more rain-ful in real life.

While cooking, I decided to make a drink before we hit the true "Mixology Monday" drink of the night.

Dark and Stormy
3 ounces Goslings Dark Seal Rum
8 ounces ginger beer

Mix in a tall glass, garnish with a wedge of lime.

(Recipe from a card deck called "Classic Cocktails" from Barnes & Noble.)

I'm not huge on exact proportions for things like this...



That's a 9.8 ounce bottle of ginger beer, but I stuck with the 3 ounces of rum.

(And no, that's not my broccoli in the background.)



Refreshing.

We had a tasty dinner, watching that Mother's Day marathon of "The Deadliest Catch", and despite the rain I thought I'd have a cigar.  I didn't get one last night and appropriately enough I had one perfect for this month's MxMo.

It was time for a Ti' Punch.

I'll quote from the Caribbean Spirits little recipe card I got at the rum tasting the other month...

Ti' Punch
Traditional Recipe
  • Splash of Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup
  • Slice of lime rind
  • Rhum Agricole Blanc
  • Stir, Add ice
Now, this recipe suggests using the Neisson Agricole Blanc, which I have a bottle of, but I have to be honest, I use it more as a mixing liquor rather than a drink it nearly straight.  I wanted to use the La Favorite Rhum Agricole Vieux, which is whisky and bourbon barrel aged, so I did.  I did the following proportions:

2 ounces La Favorite Rhum Agricole Vieux
1/2 ounce Petite Canne Sugar Cane Syrup
etc.



I mixed it up and pulled out my cigar accoutrements.  It was time...time for the La Aurora Rum Barrel Aged cigar!

Told you it was appropriate.



I have to tell you what - I really, really liked that ti' punch.  It was sweeter than the one I had at Bourbon lo those many months weeks ago, and I just enjoyed the heck out of it.

The cigar itself was also extremely good.  As I'd been warned by a coworker you need to let it go for a minute or so first to get the taste right up and I enjoyed the heck out of it all the way down to the end.

So that's it for me tonight.  Two very simple rum drinks - but both quite good in their own way, and, I think, a good way to show off that rum doesn't have to be just in tiki drinks.

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