We’re back! Actually have been back , but let’s just pretend for the sake of blogging that we just got back. We might be a little behind on our life story telling. The last couple weeks have gone entirely too fast. We had a wonderful time down in St. Thomas with my family. Lots of beach time and snorkeling. Oh and a lot of rum punch. Pretty much anywhere you went had rum punch. Needless to say we had to bring back some rum and make our own to brighten up the rainy Philadelphia we landed in. We had to figure out how to recreate our favorite. I should mention The 12 Bottle Bar by David Solmonson & Lesley Jacobs Solmonson. This is a go to book for me when I need to create or make a cocktail. The idea behind it is to get a fully stocked bar in 12 bottles or less and at the best price. They offer suggestions on which one will taste the best for the cheapest. A hard balance to find on your own. They also have recipes to make things like syrups, infusions and what not. Really neat book and a great one to have in our library. They did not have this rum punch recipe but they had other rum drinks that helped me come up with proportions. Oh and look for a new library section coming soon. It will feature all the books we draw inspiration from in our collection. Okay, back to rum punch. On the island there appears to be a guy for everything. There is the fish guy with an umbrella on the back of his truck to show that he has fish to sell. There’s a guy on the beach that will let you rent chairs. Pretty sure he just has a pickup truck full of chairs and brings them to whatever beach he feels like staying at for the day. The chair also generally had some rum or beer. These are the guys you want to know or keep a look out for. They are set up with coolers a flat of rum (about nine bottles of rum) and some juice. A bottle of rum cost about $6-9. It would be stupid to drink anything else while you’re down there. We saw bottles of Cruzan rum for like $6 in the stores and at the airport for $12 which is where we got it because we do everything last minute. So we brought back some Cuzan Blackstrap and Pineapple rum. The pineapple rum was cheap because we were only going to use it as a mixer. It tastes like pineapple so we got what we wanted, quality isn’t bad either. I don’t think you can get a bad bottle of rum down there. It’s all local, which is crazy because they are such small islands. Bacardi comes from Puerto Rico and Cruzan is from St. Croix.
There was only two beaches that didn’t have a guy and that was Megan’s Bay and Secret Beach, but they did have a bar so you can it if you want it. Cheaper to buy from the guys but nothing beats going for a snorkel and drying off with a rum punch in your hands. It was a really cool experience. Nicole had never been snorkeling before and she learned very fast. Kept up with me the entire time. A few cool things that we saw were a young sea turtle, some squids, a flounder, a squirrel fish, a few spotted trunk fish and a lot of parrot fishes. On our last snorkel we saw a very large ray with spots, we think it’s an eagle ray! So cool, it’s tail was almost as long as it’s body. Unforgettable.
The best rum punch we had was on a sailing tour of a neighboring island, St. John’s which inspired us to make this drink they way we did. We sailed with Captain Ryan and his lovely wife Mumfy on their boat, The Liberty. You can check them out Here. They were great hosts and I would do it again. Mumfy’s rum punch was out of this world. I’m not going to share her recipe but we really liked the nutmeg on top so that’s were that comes from. I think the secret to a good rum punch is good a good juice mixture. I think every one’s is different and I think it heavily relies on what’s available. So feel free to experiment, this is just what we came up with to encapsulate our experience in a drink. Down below are a few of our favorite pictures we took while down there.
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- 2 Oz. Rum
- 1 Oz. Pineapple Rum
- .5 Oz Lemon Juice
- .5 Oz Lime Juice
- 4 Oz. Juice (We used a combo of mango, orange, pineapple, guava and papaya)
- Nutmeg for garnish
Combine all but nutmeg and mix.
Pour over ice and garnish with nutmeg and fruit slices.
Remember the juice can be any mixture of the juices
We had a great time down there and we are looking forward to another visit. We hope everything was fine while we were gone and having fun. Hopefully this drink brings a little sunshine into the last gloomy days of April. Looking forward to the spring vegetables that will come following the rainy season.
Much love from us and as always enjoy,