This Column Was Written From Ian Fleming's Desk At Jamaica's Golden Eye Resort

Simon Ford pays tribute to two of his heroes
Dec 13, 2012 2:01 pm

Today, December 13 is columnist Simon Ford's 40th birthday. After years of traveling in search of quality drinks and bars, he wanted to go somewhere with some friends for an ultimate imbibing experience — "a sort of summary of my last 10 years in the business of drinking," he writes. So he headed to Jamaica and wrote this week’s column from the very desk that Fleming wrote every Bond novel while sipping a Vesper Martini. Welcome to the GoldenEye Hotel.

Copenhagen: It’s That Gløgg Time Of Year At The Barking Dog

Tis the season for over-proofed rum drinks
Dec 6, 2012 6:31 pm

We checked in with The Barking Dog owner Carl Wrangel to see what he was serving now that it's winter. Like industrial design and public transportation, the Danes do the holidays right. This includes cocktails.

9 Bottles To Buy: Rum

It’s about time you gifted something stiff
Nov 29, 2012 4:31 pm

Rum. They say it’s the party spirit. And given that it’s the base ingredient for so many communal punches and festive umbrella drinks, it’s difficult to deny. Rum is sweet, of course, for the obvious reason: it’s made from sugar cane. But also because it can be clear and bright or dark and brooding and, occasionally, something in between.

Spiked Pecan Pie Recipe

A holiday classic with a piratey grown-up kick
Nov 20, 2012 4:01 pm
spiked pecan pie
Photo: WayTru on Flickr

There are few desserts that can't be improved with a little booze. In fact, none immediately come to mind. Thanks to Sailor Jerry's rum for this spiked pecan pie recipe! But why the rum? A shot or so of spiced rum amplifies the flavor of the pecans and makes the dessert pairing as easy as...well, you know. 

This Is How You Engineer A Rum Made For Classic Cocktails

The long journey that led to Caña Brava Rum
Oct 24, 2012 4:01 pm

In Simon Ford’s last column, we got some great tips about rum from his good friend Ed Hamilton. This week, Ford tells the story behind creating his own brand: Caña Brava Rum.

We Asked A Rum Expert To Tell Us Everything We Need To Know About Rum

Ed Hamilton has been running rum for decades
Oct 11, 2012 4:01 pm

I was going to recommend some great rums in this week’s column, but was lucky enough to bump into rum expert Ed Hamilton at the Boston Cocktail Summit last week. We went for a rum punch and I asked him to tell me about the rums that he thinks everyone should sip on, as well as some cocktails and his favorite rum bars in the U.S.

Queens Park Swizzle Recipe

A delicious alternative to the Mojito
Sep 28, 2012 5:01 pm

As a bartender, one of the many pleasures of the trade is to surprise a guest with something that is similar, but unexpected, and likely a lot more interesting than their original request, should they put their trust in you. The Queens Park Swizzle is one of those home-run drinks that couldn't be any simpler and is always a crowd pleaser. 

The Jonathan Chapman Cocktail Recipe

Rum-based drink is perfect to enjoy in autumn
Sep 24, 2012 4:01 pm
Photo: Kelly Neal

Named in honor of folk hero Johnny Appleseed, this cocktail is warm in spice, cool and refreshing, and big on apple — which is as autumn in these parts as you can get. There’s also notes of allspice, molasses and cinnamon.


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