Thursday, June 2, 2011

Feast Like You're On Vacation

My husband and I recently went on vacation to visit family in West Palm Beach, Fla.  While there, we all took a short cruise to the Bahamas, with stops in Grand Bahama and Nassau.  We saw beautiful beaches with crystal clear water, had delicious food and drinks, and were able to just relax.  It was such a great trip that we have been trying to delude ourselves into thinking we’re still on vacation, even though it has been almost a month since it ended.  During the Memorial Day weekend, we kicked our “vacation” back into high gear with great music, movies, food and drinks that sent us right back to the Caribbean.

Since everyone can use a vacation, I thought I would share the ways my husband and I have managed go with the flow and ride with the tide as if we were still in the Caribbean.  Over the next few days, you'll see recipes for a full Caribbean meal that will have you feeling like you’re on vacation.


The Drinks
If there’s one thing you do when you’re on a cruise, in the Bahamas/Caribbean, or on any vacation for that matter, it is drink.  Hopefully that isn’t just me, otherwise I may just have a little bit of a “problem.”  After a quick stop at the liquor store to stock the bar with coconut rum and little umbrellas, it was on to taste-testing as we tried to recreate drinks we had on our trip.  Through several trials, we were able to come up with a few cocktails that can shake you right into vacation mode.

Goombay Smash (printable recipe)
Prior to our vacation, friends had told us that if you’re in the Bahamas, you have to get a Goombay Smash.  I thought, yeah, sure…no one will know what I’m talking about and I’ll look like an idiot.  But, when we stopped for lunch in Nassau, there it was on the drink menu.  We ordered and were not disappointed – it was smooth and delicious, with flavors of coconut and pineapple.  It tasted nothing of alcohol, but we soon realized the “Smash” really stands for something!  If this isn't the exact recipe, it's pretty close, and absolutely spectacular!

5 oz. pineapple juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. dark rum (Pusser’s Navy)
1 ½ oz. coconut rum (Cruzan)
¼ oz. fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice & strain into a glass with ice.

Singapore Sling (printable recipe)
Okay, so Singapore has nothing to do with the Caribbean, but a Singapore Sling is a “boat drink” if I’ve ever tasted one.  The drink originated at Raffles Hotel in Singapore in the early 1900s and people have been trying to duplicate it for ages, with the recipe changing over time.  My husband had his first Singapore Sling at At Random, located at 2501 S. Delaware St. in Milwaukee, a dimly lit 60s-style lounge that only serves specialty drinks.  After more than 5 years, I think he finally cracked the case.  And even if he didn’t figure out the real drink, or even the one served at At Random, who cares when it tastes this good?

1 1/2 oz. gin (Bombay)
1 oz. Cherry Heering
1/4 oz. triple sec (Cointreau)
1/4 oz. Benedictine
1/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. pineapple juice
1 dash Angnostra bitters
2 dashes grenadine
4 oz. Ruby Red Squirt soda

Shake first eight ingredients with ice and strain into balloon glass filled with ice.  Fill to top with soda, stir and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.  Please note that the Cherry Heering liqueur is an absolute must-have.

Bahamian Breeze (printable recipe)
This drink is similar to the Malibu Twist, but the beautiful color as well as coconut and citrus flavors can transport you straight to a Caribbean paradise.

1 oz. coconut rum (Cruzan)
2 oz. cranberry juice
2 oz. grapefruit juice

Shake with ice and strain into a high ball glass filled with ice.  Garnish with orange or grapefruit slice and a cherry.

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