It’s been ages since we last featured a Cocktail of the Week, but given its summer and something ‘long and refreshing’ is in order and the good news that El Dorado 5YO rum is now more easily available (as it’s just been listed by Sainsbury’s Supermarket), how about a super easy to make, super tasty El Dorado Demerara Swizzle?
A Cuban Experience
Havana Club is set to throw open the doors to Casa Havana, a brand new pop-up experiential space running from 11th-20th August at 15 Bateman Street in the heart of Soho, London. Casa Havana is a versatile space designed to celebrate the authentic Cuba, brought to life through key cultural pillars food, music, and colour.
Time To Register!
Calling all bartenders! Diplomático Rum’s Global Cocktail Competition returns for its 3rd Edition, and it is open to bartenders from 40 counties worldwide, all of which will be vying to compete in the World Finals in London, 2017. But do not worry - holding the World Finals in the UK does not preclude an amazing trip to Venezuela as you will have already visited Barquisimeto for the semi-finals! Do not delay – register your interest now!
6th Year... Strength to Strength…
A visit to St Maarten in November would be great I’m sure you’d agree. Combine with a Rum Festival and you’ve all the makings of a fab ol’ time!
Press Release: The 6th Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is returning to St Maarten on 4-5 November 2016. The one of a kind event is an expo of rum & beer beverages, combined with the 2016 CAB Taste Contest, workshops, cooking demos, cocktail competitions, rum & beer seminars, music, entertainment and pure fun.
Barbados Comes to North London…
Mount Gay Rum have announced that they are hosting their very own bar this year at Camden Beach at the Roundhouse - and it’s now open! The event, running from 29th July - 29th August, has returned for its fifth year as headline sponsor Virgin Holidays bring a touch of Barbados to North London.
The Taste Of The Ocean…
There’s an expression of rhum from Martinique that’s rather special – and given that I think a huge amount of rhum from Martinique is pretty damn good, then please believe me when I say that this one really stands out. It’s not aged for a long time; it’s not even matured at all. It’s special to me because it helps demonstrate that rhum produced from sugar cane juice is fully able to demonstrate a sense of origin.
When: 2-11pm 6th August 2016
It’s a tenuous rum link, but we had to share the fact that Wray & Nephew are taking over the Bussey Rooftop Bar for a jerk BBQ competition on the 6th August. There will be DJs playing Jamaican vibes, rum and rum punch. And it was the last two details that ticked the box!
Oh F*ck! That's O.F.T.D.
Plantation Rum, headed by the ever-creative Alexandre Gabriel have recently launched their replacement for the Trinidad Original Dark Overproof rum. We wrote about the 40%ABV version of Original Dark changing from Trinidad rum, to a blend of Trinidad and Jamaica rums and at the time there was no firm indication that the Overproof version was going the same way. Subsequently, an ‘insider’ source at Plantation indicated that Alexandre had something special planned, and the rest (as they say) is history!
We are super happy that El Dorado 5 year old rum will become available nationwide through Sainsbury’s from the end of July 2016. ED5 is a versatile and tasty rum – and UK rummies are better off for having it more widely available. We’ve all the details and a few tasty serves to help you get the best from your bottle!
"Let’s make the difference together"
It’s not very often that the topic of conversation veers away from rum here at TheFloatingRumShack.com, but when it does, I like to think it’s for a good reason. The bartending world of which I’ve become very close to tends to produce some big-hearted people and it’s for that reason I’m writing about the Behind Bars Akademia.
The World of Spirits Finds a New Home!
When: 9th & 10th December 2016
Where: Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH
As a chap who is passionate about promoting the category of rum, the biggest issue that anyone has is getting in front of people in a meaningful way. Websites, social media and anything electronic are good – but actually sampling and sharing the story face to face is really important. With the arrival of The Spirit Show, we might just be ticking all the boxes.
- Spirit of Tiki Launches in London
- New Format for Bacardí Legacy 2017 Competition
- The Duppy Share Rum Blending Evenings
- Brand New Look for Koko Kanu Revealed
- Elements Eight Rum Celebrates 10 Years
- Goslings Rum Twitter Tasting
- Aroma Academy Training Sessions
- Sailor Jerry The Ride 2016 Cocktails
- 10 Facts for Caipirinha Virgins Celebrating International Cachaça Day
- FAIRPlay During Euro 2016