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Rum Journal: A Hidden Bar on the Caribbean’s Oldest Street

April 28, 2015 | 10:53 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the lobby bar at the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo (All photos by CJ) This bar isn’t very old. But the building is. It’s been aging for half a millennium, a place that was once home to the man who founded this first city in the New World.   Above: Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo It’s hidden away under the arched more...

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Rum Journal: Finding a Great Lobby Bar in Santo Domingo

April 27, 2015 | 4:49 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the lobby bar at the Sheraton Santo Domingo The lobby bar. At most hotels, it sets the tone for everything — it’s the first part of the hotel you notice. It welcomes you. It is the central meeting point. This is where you learn what a hotel is. That’s particularly true in a hotel in an urban area. At the newly-opened Sheraton Santo Domingo, more...

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Rum Journal: Martinique’s Rhum Saint James Hors D’age

April 25, 2015 | 11:50 pm | 0 Comment

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Almost any rum lover (or Hemingway enthusiast) will remember. It’s the rum that Ernest Hemingway drank in A Moveable Feast: Rhum St James. Papa himself orders the drink to warm up on a cold day in Paris. It’s something that led this writer to first search out the drink years ago, and just might be the reason many have first encountered a rhum more...

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Rum Journal: Chrissy Teigen Stars in New Captain Morgan Spot

April 24, 2015 | 6:33 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: supermodel Chrissy Teigen in the new spot By the Caribbean Journal staff Captain Morgan Rum has its newest Captain: Chrissy Teigen. The supermodel is the star of the rum giant’s newest ad released this week. In the spot, Teigen plays “Paquita Pantalones,” a peg-legged pirate hawking the company’s batch of new flavoured rums. Shot in the style more...

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Rum Journal: Why This is the Caribbean’s Greatest Cocktail

February 28, 2015 | 9:30 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: a Ti’ Punch in Terre de Haut, Guadeloupe (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell No matter where you are in the West Indies, you will find rum punch. And it is almost always perfect, except when a few too many bitters steal their way in. In Puerto Rico, the Pina Colada is king, born in San Juan, where two places vie for the claim of its birthplace but more...

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Rum Journal: Tasting Harbour Island’s New Afrohead Rum

February 26, 2015 | 11:59 pm | 0 Comment

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IT’S LAST CALL at a far-off Bahamian bar. You ask again for the rum you’ve been drinking, but the bottle’s empty. The bartender reaches under the counter, pulling out a bottle, unmarked, unnamed. You’re the first to drink it tonight, a member of some well-earned club. That’s the soul of the Caribbean’s newest rum, Afrohead, a onetime house rum that’s more...

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Rum Journal: This is the Coolest Rooftop Bar in Condado

January 31, 2015 | 6:03 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: the Rooftup Club at the O:live Boutique Hotel (All photos by CJ) Condado is hip, it’s energetic. It’s home to some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, some of the best shopping. This is the Condado district of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, a modern, energetic district that redefines the Caribbean neighbourhood. It’s also home to one of more...

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Rum Journal: Rincon, Puerto Rico’s Most Famous Cocktail

January 28, 2015 | 7:00 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: a Coco Pirata in Rincon (All photos by CJ) RINCON — Like most famous cocktails, it has a story, a history. It also has more than one name. Served inside a coconut, it’s the signature drink at Rincón, Puerto Rico’s Villa Cofresi hotel, which has been on the beach in Rincon for more than a half-century. The drink is called any number of things: El more...

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Rum Journal: In Nevis, Pairing Rum With Food

January 24, 2015 | 4:00 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: Mango at the Four Seasons Nevis (all photos by CJ) In the Caribbean, rum goes well with just about everything. But as the glory of rum continues to expand its reach, more and more people are beginning to realize that one can marry fine dining and rum just the same way one can pair wine with food. That’s the idea behind the newest initiative at the Four more...

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Rum Journal: Finding a Secret Rum Bar in St Maarten

December 6, 2014 | 12:20 pm | 0 Comment

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Above: Caribbean Liquors in St Maarten (all photos by CJ) ST MAARTIN — For rum lovers, St Maarten is one of the Meccas of the Caribbean. That's because, as one of its transportation hubs, rums from all over the region make their way here, from the rhums agricoles of Martinique and Guadeloupe to lesser-known varieties from islands like St Lucia. That's without more...

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