TOTC 2011 – 6 Rums You’ll Probably Never Taste Again

It`s only about 2 months left until the Tales of the Cocktail 2011 kicks off in New Orleans and it´s time to present a few of the sessions this year. If you`re planning to go it`s high time to book your sessions they´re running out FAST!

The session called ” 6 Rums You`ll probably Never Taste Again” is moderatred by Ed Hamilton who has dedicated himself to the pursuit of the finest sugar cane spirits in the world and is the owner of the Ministry of Rum website.

This session deals with the rums that the distilleries are not producing for the masses because ” Each distiller prides him or herself on the spirits that they can not produce for the masses. By their very rare nature these spirits are reserved for the distiller’s table”

So here`s 6 such rums collected – rums that you’ll probably never taste again – that you now will have a chance to sip and savor at Tales of the Cocktail. Most of these rums have never been bottled, or made available to the public.

These are those special rums savored by the distillers to be shared with special guests on special occasions.

Here`s for example a barrel sample from the Santa Teresa distillery which is a part of their Bodega Privada selection which is a blend of aged rums to those who want their own rum which is stored in casks at the Santa Teresa warehouse until it is bottled for the owner.

There`s rare rums from Tennessee, Panama, Martinique, Guatemala and Nicaragua – all to be sampled during this session. It`s probably a once in a life experience.

These are barrel samples of spirits that are components of premium blends that are never sold separately, vintage rums where there isn’t enough available to bottle commercially, experimental rums that aren’t going to be bottled and at least one surprise that is so special that not even Ed have yet tasted it.

Time: 10:30 AM to 12 PM

Date: Thursday the 21st of July, 2011
Venue: Grand Ballroom South, The Royal Sonesta Hotel
Moderators: Ed Hamilton

More detailed info about this session is here.

Note: The picture on top is only an example of a rum bottle.

SWIZZLES part 3 – 151 Swizzle

To continue my swizzle series…here`s the 151 Swizzle – and this is one hell of a tasty drink! it`s very simple too – and the combination of ingredients is brilliant. This drink was served by Tony Ramos at Don the Beachcomber`s in Hollywood in the 1960s.

Using 1.5 oz of the heavy Lemon Hart 151 demerara rum this drink is very distinct with a power of its own. Demerara rum is my favorite rum, it has the same pungent flavor as pot still Jamaican but is a bit smoky with a flavor that is unmatched.

The 151 Swizzle is also what is going to be made by 151 bartenders who will perform the very first unique swizzle ritual named 151 SWIZZLE-BE HERE NOW which i wrote about in my first pre-Tales post for TOTC 2011.

That means that all 151 bartenders will swizzle together at the same time in the same place with 151 original swizzle sticks from Guyana making the 151 Swizzle!  and guess who´s gonna imbibe them?

Well, i`ll hopefully be one…together with the rest of the folks attending this seminar lead by Stanislav Vadrna. It`s a veritable 151 Swizzle party! and on top of that held in my favorite place on earth – my beloved New Orleans.

There might still be tickets left..check on the TOTC blog.

Now back to the 151 Swizzle, it`s tasty and it´s strong and has that extra touch of spiciness from freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick, depth from the Lemon Hart 151 rum, a touch of anis from Pernod (or Herbsaint) and a balanced sweet-tartness from sugarcane syrup and fresh lime –  it´s handsdown one of the best swizzles out there.

Here´s the recipe (from Remixed) to make it at home:

151 SWIZZLE

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz sugarcane syrup ( I use Petit Canne – because it has a special flavor)

1.5 oz Lemon Hart 151 (or El Dorado)

Dash Angostura bitters

6 drops Pernod ( i used Herbsaint)

8 oz crushed ice

Freshly ground nutmeg

Put everything except nutmeg in blender and blend for 5 sec. Pour unstrained into a tall glass with flaired top if possible to give more room for the freshly grated nutmeg on top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Of course you can swizzle instead of blending, it´s a swizzle after all.. swizzle or blend and If you blend make sure to not blend for more than 5 sec unless you want it slushy..

And since this one is very strong even though the melting ice dilutes the heavy rum in it i think it´s good with just one unless you pace it, drink some water and let enough time pass in between drinks.

And that is said by one who likes strong rum drinks.

Happy swizzling!

TOTC 2011 – Swizzling Around The World, Here And Now

It`s only about 2 months left until the Tales of the Cocktail 2011 kicks off in New Orleans and it´s time to present some of the sessions for this year. If you`re planning to go it`s high time to book your sessions they´re running out FAST!

Let`s go back in the history of the swizzles..

In this session Stanislav Vadrna takes us through a swizzling journey taking a look at the history and legacy of the swizzles drinks and the swizzling technique(ritual) from all around the world.

This session is for anyone who wants to take part of the unique swizzle ritual and to get to understand the spirit and very nature of this simple but impressive technique and bar tool.

Stan will lead you through the history of this kind of drink, important persons, and places connected with swizzles, and much more.

Beside the impressive effect of ritual preparation of swizzle drink in front of the guest you will understand also the process of perception of swizzle stick and the art of swizzling – with your heart, mind and body concentrated to this unique moment: HERE AND NOW
We will also be shown different types of swizzle sticks and sample recipes from all over the world.

And then…

At the very end of the seminar you will take part on the very first unique swizzle ritual named 151 SWIZZLE-BE HERE NOW.

151 bartenders will be swizlling with ALOHA together at the same time at the same place with 151 original swizzle sticks FROM GUAYANA the 151 SWIZZLE drink based on 151 LEMON HEART DEMERARA rum.

Be a part of this unique experience! Only 150 seats available! Ichigo – Ichie / one chance – one meeting.

Sounds TOO GOOD to be missed!

Time: 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Date: Thursday the 21st of July, 2011
Venue: La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom, Hotel Monteleone

Moderators: Stanislav Vadrna

This session is sponsored by Rhum JM, more details to be found here.