So, my life has been a little hectic as of late; getting kicked out of our flat as our dog looks too “aggressive”, finding somewhere to rent on top of looking for a house to buy, constanly studying, barely keeping afloat at my normal job, attempting to keep my blog updated and above all, trying to be an awesome wife to my ever patient husband and mum to my fur baby – who I have been seriously negating lately. There is too much going on all at once and I am literally a walking zombie.
So when I got an invite yesterday to head over to The Lobo Plantation for their Plantation OFTD Launch TIKI Party, I was pretty hesitant due to, you know, life! Yet, the more I pondered the more I found myself leaning towards the ‘fuck it’ approach! I hit the accept button, put on some deodorant and headed to The lobo, sans camera- queue terrible iPhone camera photos!
When I arrived at Lobo, I was handed a multicoloured lei, and made my way inside. The Lobo Plantation is an amazing basement bar located on Clarence Street. As you walk (carefully) down the spiral staircase you are welcomed with such a picturesque setting: lush greenery, bead fringe lampshades giving off a warm glow, beautiful leather couches that glisten in the dim light, pink flamingo wall paper and my favourite part of the bar, the amazing ornate mahogany bar where you get yo’ dranks… and possibly lose a few eyebrow hairs from the amount of fire that goes on behind there!
So, being an incredibly awkward introvert, I made a beeline to a few stools in the corner and stayed there for pretty much the whole night- unless I was doing a drinks run. When I wasn’t people watching, drinking or running to the bar for more drinks, I was pawing over the drinks list for the night- and whatta’ list! We had a choice of six incredible Plantation OFTD cocktails to choose from… and I pretty much tried them all 🙂
The options were:
- Demerara Dry Float – Plantation OFTD, Luxardo Maraschino, FTD float, passion fruit, lime juice
- Queens Park Swizzle – Plantation OFTD, Sugar Syrup, Lime Juice, Mint leaves, Angostura Bitters
- Test Pilot – Plantation OFTD, Plantation Jamaica 2002, Pierre Ferrand Curacao, Pernod, Angostura Bitters, Lime juice, Falernum
- Captains Grog– Plantation OFTD, Plantation Jamaica 2002, Pierre Ferrand Curacao, lime juice, Grapefruit juice, maple syrup. Vanilla extract, almond extract
- Palmetto Redux – Plantation OFTD, Plantation Pineapple, Rosso, Orange bitters
- Planters Punch – Plantation OFTD, Sugar Syrup, Lime juice, Soda, Grated nutmeg, angostura bitters
All the cocktails where pretty delicious, but there were two standouts for me last night:
Demerara Dry Float: A dangerous, dangerous cocktail. This would be down to Plantation O.F.T.D sitting pretty at 69% overproof but god damn! The passion fruit compliments this rum greatly. I am not sure how, but it works and that is all I care about 😀
Captains Grog: An amazingly smooth cocktail that went down far too fast and far too easy. Again, the fruity aspect really compliments Plantation O.F.T.D. which results in a really light and fresh cocktail.
I sadly didn’t get a chance to try Plantation O.F.T.D straight, but seeing as it is a pretty high ABV rum, it obviously indicates that this is not a sipping rum. It is made for cocktails and you know what, I am more than fine with that 😀
For those of you wanting to know where you can get yourself a bottle, head to your local Nicks store or order it online.
Now, wish me luck as I attempt to pack up my flat and move today! 🙁
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