Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rum Runnings..... Lexington KY

If all works out, we will be headed South from Chicagoland, spending time as far South as Georgia. We are driving, so we plan to do it in "chunks". First stop would be Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington, Kentucky: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 62nd largest in the US. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. In the 2011 Census the city's population was 301,569, anchoring a metropolitan area of 472,099 people and a Combined Statistical Area of 687,173 people.


We will be there just weeks after The Kentucky Derby, a world class- anticipated event, and while seeking a place to stay, we also plan to visit - Barrel House Distillery; home of Oak Rum. I will try and send "live" updates so please be checking this blog often once our trip begins (I will release dates just before we leave). 

 So -- Let's look at Barrel House Distillery and Oak Rum! 

(From their Website) Rum in Kentucky?  Isn’t that a seafaring drink?  Well, that’s a common misconception – but Rum is actually a drink of the Americas – a favorite in early colonial times.  While Kentucky may not be a seaside state – it has more navigable inland waterways than any other state in the lower 48!  Nautical themes are common along many of the lakes and rivers scattered throughout the commonwealth, where the riverboat reigned as king in days gone by. With a hint of Kentucky flavor brought out by bourbon barrel aging, we think OAK RUM will appeal to bourbon and rum aficionados alike!

They have these two, mouth watering, recipes there too... Visit the website to enjoy even more!

Below are a couple recipes to enjoy:

Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz. OAK Rum
  • 2 dashes of bitters
  • 1 splash water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 orange wedge
Mix sugar, water and bitters in an old-fashioned glass.
Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle.
Pour in OAK Rum, fill with ice cubes, and stir.


Lick The Glass
  • 1 oz OAK Rum
  • .5 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 maraschino cherry
Add OAK Rum and sweet vermouth.
Mix and serve in Martini glass.
Garnish with a cherry, if desired.


Stick with us as we travel, visit Distilleries and sample their rums... As a Rum Runner, it is a tough job, but someone has to do it... The fun begins soon!

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