Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thank you - Rick the Rum Runner....

Well we made it to Thanksgiving! I wanted to tell you all what I am thankful for.
I'm thankful to have this blog. Through it I have found not only some unbelievably good rums, but some astounding people. It's the people that make the journey interesting. Sure, there is a story behind every rum. But, there is also a story behind every Distiller. The process, the actual journeys they made and still make, to learn, to make their spirit better. In their efforts our spirit is made better too. Sure a good stiff hit of a great rum IS something to behold, but when you experience the whole story, the reason why: that's when it becomes interesting.
I have made another discovery over the years, it only just now made itself decipherable. You see we often take time at Thanksgiving and express our thanks (genuine as it is) for WHAT we are thankful for. I found as I grow, that it's not the things I am thankful for, it's the people. So on Thanksgiving, Rick the Rum Runner thanks all the Distillers, the
ones that are out their now, the ones past as well. It is you that has made my trip a discovery laden exploration of an alcoholic drink, yet so much more. It is a demonstration of people, wanting to follow a passion, wanting to make something that is not only theirs, but for offering to others. Yeah, its just rum. But it wasn't always. It was water, sugar, yeast and time. It took their intercession to make it rum. It took their work to make it available to us.
Sure there are many things and people to be thankful for. Many so much more important that writers and distillers and drinkers. But, it's who I found. I am thankful...

Happy Thanksgiving, from your runner...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Holiday Rum!

I would be remiss if I did not, first, wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season, with Thanksgiving being literally around the corner. Along that line, we have, from time to time, we have tried to include an entry devoted to holiday Rum Drinks.... So, Here we go!.........










This first one is for a gathering (it serves 30 -- or perhaps just 3) but usually a crowd pleaser:


WASSAIL

Ingredients:
(Yields 30 servings)

1 gallon apple cider
2 quarts cranberry juice
1 tbsp aromatic bitters
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp white allspice
2 oranges, studded with cloves
2 cups Appleton Estate V/X rum

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and warm slowly over low heat. Serve warm, and if you can keep the punch on heat, even better (the smells of cinnamon and apple will float through your house).


The next one is a favorite here and has been on the Holiday list for at least the last couple years and it features Richland Rum -- A great AMR:

HOT BUTTERED RUM 

Ingredients:
- 1 small slice butter (optional),
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional),
- Spices such as
cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice (optional),
- Dash of vanilla extract (optional),
- 6 oz hot water (optional),
- 2 oz Richland Rum

Enjoy! 
One of my favorites (since I started drinking craft Rums) is the simple, yet VERY good Hot Milk Punch. Yeah. If your family wants to leave a nice mug of this out for Santa to enjoy... He'll dig it!

Hot Milk Punch

You'll need one oz of a dark (aged) Rum. (Sooooo many to choose make it your fav as Santa will move you over to the GOOD side of his list)
Then an oz of Brandy
A teaspoon of superfine sugar
Milk (heat it up and mix while HOT)
Nutmeg

Combine in a mug, sprinkle a light touch of nutmeg on the top....

Simple set up -- if you can wait til you hear footsteps on your roof to mix, the Jolly Elf will gift you BIG.

You'll hear from me with more -- but have a great Thanksgiving, or just a wonderful week....








Saturday, November 14, 2015

Shop Rum Early for Christmas!!!

Just a quick visit today.... If you are looking for gift for the whole house -- how about a Rum Advent Calendar??

Here it is!! And a link to order


That's it for today ---- Have fun CU next week!


Thursday, November 05, 2015

No -- Really -- It's RUM!!

I have to confess.... This is about popcorn:

BUT

It's about Rum Popcorn.
Now, you know I am constantly on the search, but when this trip transpired, I wanted to take a break from searching for rum. I knew the area, and knew the distillers in this area, and decided to let our weekend be guided by the other couple taking time to share their weekend with us. Short story - I did not go rum searching.
Still, if one fell into my lap (glass), I couldn't pass by an opportunity.

Galena IL...
This is a great area for a wonderful, relaxing weekend. The views are majestic, great shopping Great (perhaps TOO great food) and activities from Historic places, architectural spots, Sports activities, Art, Pottery... You name it. We've been
there many times and always finding something to do and or see (Hint: The Mound, Bread -- Google it) that we haven't done or seen inf not EVER than for some time. 
All That brings us to... The great American Popcorn Company. First of all. If you like Popcorn, you have to go there. Second if you like glazed popcorn -- Well, you get what I'm gonna tell you. The big thing is: If you like RUM -- Yeah -- You have to go there!! Oh go there too if you like Chocolate, Coffee Jelly Belly jellybeans.... Just get in there!
Yes as I was perusing the selections, I found Buttered Rum Popcorn. Now I know what you're thinking; "Yeah all sweet -- buttery flavor and some indistinguishable flavor that MIGHT be rum." Wrong -- It was Jamaican style rum! Really! 
I was pressed for time and did not get a chance to really "get into" the rum popcorn story (I will be following up), but was told that they had 2 more popcorns in the works with real rum in the recipe.
See that's the thing the popcorn has Real Rum in it, no "flavorings" no "extracts"... No -- its RUM.

If you have not checked out American Made Rum -- Our Facebook page, please do so now. And please LIKE us! There are lots of activities around the country (perhaps near you) happening, AMR Is the place to check out what's happening at a distiller near you, or where you are travelling to -- or, better yet, to inspire a Road Trip!!

That's it !!