On Tuesday, October 7, The Polished Palate was host to RumFest 2008 NYC, held at la.venue, on West 28th Street in Mid-Town Manhattan. Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail presented a short seminar on classic rum drinks, focusing on the Daiquiri (in particular, the Hemingway Daiquiri) and the Mai Tai. The seminar went into detail on Hemingway’s favorite bar, Havana’s La Floridita, and also discussed the origins of the Tiki craze, the birth of the Mai Tai, and two of the chief players in the Tiki bar phenomenon, Don the Beachcomber, and Trader Vic Bergeron.
Phil also had several items from his collection on display, namely, a 1940s menu from Trader Vic’s, the Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Manual, two 1930s menu from La Floridita in Havana, as well as a bar coaster from La Floridita.
Phil also unveiled a new creation, inspired by the classic rum cocktail, the Dark n Stormy. Since his new creation contained Kasteel Cru Fine Lager Beer, Phil titled his new drink “The Brewin’ Storm,” and offered the audience details on how to make it.
The Brewin’ Storm
- 3/4 ounce Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum Agricole
- 3/4 ounce Appleton’s Reserve Dark Jamaican Rum
- 1 oz Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
In a pint glass, stir all ingredients well with ice. Strain into Champagne flute, top with cold Kasteel Cru Fine Lager Beer (about 3-4 ounces). Garnish w/lime wheel.
Also presenting seminars during the event were “Rum Pundit” Ian Williams, the author of “Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776,” and Jack Robertiello, acclaimed spirits expert and columnist. For more details, please see: