Wednesday, January 03, 2007

2007: The Year We Bring Rum Back

Hangover recovery always leads to wistful reminiscing of nights where mass quantities were consumed, but no ill effects were felt the following day. And we discovered something interesting – none of the gators can recall ever having a rum-induced hangover.

Rum is likely what constituted My First Cocktail, at least if you are a girl. Then you probably discovered cheap vodka. And it got you where you wanted to be even faster. But despite all the bullroar about clear liquor and odorless/colorless, nothing treated you quite so bad the next morning (or at end of the night) as vodka. Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming back up, as Garrison Keillor says.

Along the way, you dabbled in whiskey, gin, and tequila. You learned how to drink beer without gagging and you acquired at least four matching wine glasses. There were exotic green liqueurs in shot glasses and amber cordials in balloon glasses.

[Brief aside: Seamus, yo, says the two things alcoholics drink are vodka and Canadian whiskey. So far, we haven’t found any evidence that his assertion is wrong.]

But you forgot all about poor old rum. Rum was hijacked by springbreaking 18-year-olds in Panama City and Cap’n Morgan. Rum cocktails all seemed to require a blender. And everybody at the bar always turned their heads when they heard the blender crank up because it meant someone underage was about to start getting her drink on.

Rum cocktails do seem to require a little more attention that liquor + mixer. There's a need to garnish rum drinks with flowers and paper umbrellas and fruit speared on plastic swords. But we think rum deserves more respect. Rum deserves a second chance. That’s why we’ve decided that 2007 is the year we bring rum back. Somebody’s got to it, and it might as well be us.

Are you over 23? Is there a rum cocktail you aren’t embarrassed to order in public?

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At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three choices:

Mojito, the Caribbean Caiparinha

Rum and Coke, which adds a bit of caffeine to your buzz

Havana Club, 7 year old, on the rocks. A faint hint of fine bourbon.....

Can you tell that I fully second your motion?

At 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can tell you, I did exactly as the blog says when young (rum ... slo gin *gasp* ... progression to vodka mixed with ... )

Now, I am 40+ and I have finally - FINALLY! had my first bottle of excellent aged rum. Ron Zapanta - Centenario . Ambrosia in a bottle! And I wouldn't dream of mixing it with anything - except, on rare occasion, ice.

At 6:31 AM, Anonymous gonzomarx said...

Havana Club, 7 year old the goddamn greatest rum, no mixer just ice. a slow sipping treat

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Dory said...

Dark & Stormy cocktails:
Dark rum & ginger beer.

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mt. Gay & Tonic.

or a Dark & Stormy -- Gosling's & Ginger Beer

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Sara said...

Oh I am so on this. I will create a drink for each of you by your specific standards. You know, 'cause I don't get to do anything at work...and it's not like I'm taking real classes at school. I promise, no egg whites either.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Sara said...

Oh wait, does the age thing mean I can't play?


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