90 Miles to Cuba – Rum & Mangos

I feel like one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey set loose in Tiffany’s, whenever I’m in the liquor store

The islands and mangos.  The islands and rum.  Mangos and rum.  This is me having deep thoughts.  Can you feel the inspiration and creativity? Actually I was in my local liquor store the other day.  (I don’t check in there on Foursquare because it might give the wrong impression).  I always feel like one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey set loose in Tiffany’s when I’m there.  I’m walking the aisles waiting for a bottle to reach out to me and inspire a new drink.  Actually all the bottles were doing that.  All those voices in my head, I get so confused!  Then from the second to bottom shelf a bottle of Cruzan Mango whispered, “90 Miles to Cuba” and I heard it.

For those of you who don’t know your geography the distance between Key West and Havana is 90 miles.  The two cities have always been very close culturally and economically until our current F’d up situation.  They are so close, Hemingway used to run his boat, The Pilar, between them often on his fishing expeditions.

Cruzan Bottle Closeup

Cruzan Bottle Closeup Image - Flickr ivoryhut

For this drink we shake the primary ingredients then slow pour two layers in for a nice little effect.  Check this out:

1     Part Tommy Bahama White Sands Rum
1/2 Part Cruzan Mango Rum
2     Parts Mango Juice, Fresh if possible

Shake and pour into martini glass
Slow pour Midori followed by Grenadine
Garnish with a slice of Mango

Let’s face it, cutting a mango is not the easiest thing to do.  Whenever I try I end up making a mess getting a bunch of mushy juicy bits, so why not just skip the whole process and go with the juice in the first place?  I also have to add here, specifically to my rum friends, please don’t give me a hard time over using Tommy Bahama Rum. Hey, it’s from Barbados and it’s good rum so give me a break on this okay?




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2 Responses to “90 Miles to Cuba – Rum & Mangos”

  1. RumShopRyan June 2, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Great writing on this one Carl. And I have to say that I’m a big fan of the video also….well a big fan of the girl in this video. Great bikini, great looking girl, and great tiki bar. Sounds perfect to me!


    • Carl Grooms
      Carl Grooms June 2, 2011 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks Ryan. We’ll have to make some for our first hurricane party.

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