GOOD FOR WHAT AILS YOU!

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It’s been a little over a week since I landed back home in sunny Sydney from my month long rum travel  – god it feels so good to be back in my own bed! Annoyingly though, half way through the last leg of my trip in London, I was struck down with a cold and only went and bloody lost my voice – not the best when I only ever come to London to see my family and friends once every two years! Cue my aunt fixing me up a glass of Hot Toddy (whisky, lemon, honey and water), which was surprisingly really tasty and super soothing on my throat.

Now I am back home, I have been on a mission to mock up my own delicious, rum based Hot Toddy to soothe all future sore throats. It took quite a bit of perfecting, but I am pleased to introduce you all to my little baby:

Kara’s Rum Toddy

  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 60ml water
  • 2tsp Manuka honey
  • 60ml Bacardi Ocho 8 Year Old Rum
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Grating of Nutmeg

1. Place all your spices and lemon peel into a small pan.

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2.      Pour water into said pan and begin to gently simmer over a low heat.

3.      Add your honey into the pan once it has begun to simmer- I use Manuka honey for it’s healing properties.

4.      Pour in your choice of rum – I chose Bacardi Ocho 8 Year Old Rum for this due to its very smooth and fruity tones.

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5.      Pour your Toddy into a heat proof glass- feel free to taste for sweetness.

6.      Top with a little nutmeg, breathe that bad-boy in deeply and enjoy.

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What did you think guys. How did my Toddy compare to all the others you have tried? Leave me a message below as I would love to know 🍹

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PUSSER’S BRITISH NAVY RUM REVIEW- British Virgin Island

You can’t go anywhere in the British Virgin Islands without spotting Pussers British Navy Rum being sold behind every bar you step in to. So it would seem only right to spend the evening in one of Pusser’s official pubs when we landed in Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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Overlooking Baughers bay, this pub is in prime position for all cruise shippers and boaties docking in Road Town. But this pub is not just for visitors, (even though it looks like something made specifically for us) it is also a meeting place for Road Town locals later on in the evenings.

When you walk in, you feel like you are stepping into an old Victorian tavern – Disney land style. Complete with a deep mahogany infostructure, a cluttered assembly of navy portraits, bric-a-brac’s hanging from the ceiling and Pusser’s branded pewter mugs everywhere… this old English pub seems a little out of place here in Road Town, but the novelty was not lost on me.

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Pusser’s Rum was first introduced to the Great Britain’s Royal Navy in 1655 as a substitute for beer. The Navy supplied its crew a daily “tot” of Pusser’s Rum for well over 300 years – and always double downed before battle and after victory! With such rich history, I was pretty excited to try Pusser’s Rum in all it’s cocktail based forms. So here is what I have to report:

  • Pusser’s Rum PunchA delightful blend of Pusser’s Rum, tropical juices, grenadine, Angostura Bitters and grated cinnamon.

This was the first Pusser’s cocktail I had in the BVI. Really nice and fruity but incredibly deceiving- you will get very drunk after just one. Sadly, I could not taste much of the rum itself in this cocktail- but I could feel it 😉 As a drink in itself, I would give this a 9/10. You really can’t go wrong with a rum punch in my eyes. 8/10

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  • Pusser’s Painkiller®Pusser’s Rum with pineapple and orange juice, cream of coconut and fresh grated nutmeg on top.

The Pusser’s painkiller is a pretty iconic cocktail in the BVI. It is usually the first listed on the drinks menu and the first people recommend you try. So I did… and I didn’t like it. It tasted like a really strong Pina Colada on the rocks, and that just doesn’t do anything for me to be honest. I am not a fan of super creamy beverages, so it is not surprising I did not enjoy this cocktail. 1/10

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  • Caribbean MargaritaA classic cocktail with a Caribbean twist. Pusser’s Rum, Cherry Heering, Jose Cuervo Margarita, Mix 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Blended with ice or on the rocks.

I had a serious hankering for a Margarita the day I ordered this and was a little let down by what I got. Now I know Margarita’s are typically made with tequila and what I ordered was a rum based one so it was bound to taste different. But what I got looked nothing like the photo on the menu and what I got was not drinkable! Sadly I had to throw it away in the end. The weird thing is, I have no issues with anything that is stated to be in this cocktail. I am used to these ingredients and enjoy them in other cocktails. So sadly, I am blaming the Pusser’s Rum for this heinous crime against cocktails! 1/10

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  • Classic rum and cokePusser’s (Blue Label) Rum, Coca Cola and lime.

If all else fails, stick to what I know and love. A good old-fashioned rum’n’coke. To be honest, nothing was overly offensive about this. It just tasted like a rum and coke, with a little bit of a heat to it. All in all, it was pretty standard. 5/10

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Honestly, I don’t think I will be running back to Pusser’s rum. I didn’t get much from it in smell or flavour. I would liken it to Bundaberg UP- without the afterburn. So if you are a fan of Bundy UP, you may very well enjoy this rum. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me… which is a shame as it was bloody everywhere!

 

“The only way to drink a tot [navy rum] is to swallow it whole, grimace, and sit down to appreciate the glow which spreads from the stomach and engenders that wonderful feeling of peace and bohomie”

– Nelson’s Blood by James Pack.

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MOJITO’S AND CUBANOS, OH MY!

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Along with drinking Miami dry, I was also on a mission to consume all of the Cubano Sandwiches I could find! So the first free day we had in Miami, Al and I headed straight to Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine (a new chain of Cuban restaurants) and grabbed a seat outside. This place is full of character: beautiful music playing in the background, vintage Cuban photographs dotted around the place and above all, super-friendly staff.

Drink

I ordered the Ultimate Mojito. You are able to select which rum you would like in your mojito, so I chose Don Q Anejo rum. From here it is mixed with sugar cane and Yerba Buena. This cocktail was amazing! Don Q Anejo is really light with nice almond, honey and caramel tones; which I loved. I also tried the Zacapa 23 option but I found that Don Q Anejo went down a lot smoother 😉

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Variety of rums

There is an abundance of rum options here! Rum lovers will have a ball with all the varieties they have on offer! I would post them all here but it will literally take up all of the page… so here is a terrible, unedited video:

Food

I ordered the Cubano for $14.50 US. Ham, cheese, roasted pork, pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread, comfort food at it’s best. I was a little taken back by how much this sarnie cost (around $20 AUS) but when I saw this bad boy, I could see why it cost so much… it was HUGE!!! Honestly, I could only eat about half of it because it was so gigantic! It was tasty though, I just hated leaving so much waste at the end.

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Price

Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine is a little on the expensive size, which was the only downside. I think I would have preferred if they served smaller portions and charged less to be honest. Saying that, if you are planning on visiting, you will find Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine on 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, Florida. If not, do not fear as I will be posting a video of my experience here soon 🙂

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BROKEN SHAKER- Miami Beach

Broken Shaker is another highlight from my trip to Miami! Owned by the ever popular Freehand group, this bar is situated in the middle of one of Miami Beach’s most famous 1930s Art Deco buildings, Indian Creek Hotel.

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Although the bar itself is on the small side, outside there’s an abundance of space in their beautiful out-door courtyard: fairy lights, lush trees, mismatched garden furniture dotted around their key feature, an outdoor swimming pool. This is definitely a place where all the beautiful people of Miami hang out every day of the week… as well as all of the drug dealers- so very Miami 😉

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When we arrived, we didn’t waste any time. We squeezed our way to the front of the bar, ordered two Cuba Libre’s and proceeded to the pool area where we people watched and attempted to guess who was a drug dealer and who wasn’t.

Broken Shaker’s Cuba Libre consisted of house spiced Bacardi Gold Rum with homemade Cola and Bittercube Jamaica #1 bitters. Although the Cuba Libre was nice and refreshing, it did taste very watered down. Bacardi Gold Rum is pretty flavoursome as is Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters, so I could only put this watered-down-ness to the homemade cola or my let lag 🙁

Either way, I really enjoyed my time at Broken Shaker. I would go back and I would encourage you all to go there if you ever find yourself in South Beach Miami- just don’t jump in the pool at 2am as you will get kicked out 😀

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Address2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA

 

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SWEET LIBERTY- Miami Beach

If you ever find yourself looking for a refreshing tipple around Miami Beach, I beg you to get your butt over to Sweet Liberty! Just to clarify, this is not a paid feature; I just bloody loved it there. Exposed brickwork, retro leather diner booth seats, tropical wallpaper and a shrine of booze from floor to ceiling behind the bar. This place consists of everything I could have ever wanted from Miami!

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We arrived during Sweet Liberty’s happy hour. I ordered a Classic Daiquiri for just $5, which is pretty much a steal in Miami! A healthy dose of Platino Atlantico Rum, lime and sugar syrup is all they use for this cocktail. This simple mixture resulted in a wonderfully smooth, clean, citrusy cocktail with a little bite.

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For me, this bar is pretty much the only bar in Miami Beach that I would recommend friends to go visit. Seriously, Miami Beach’s bar life could learn a thing or two from this place: amazing service, amazing drinks and an amazing space.

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Thank you Sweet Liberty!

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Address237 20th St B, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

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