FEATURES | MUSIC | BOOKS | DRINKS | FORUMS | GAMES | LINKS | ABOUT


advertise on Tiki Central

Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop
  [Edit Profile]  [Edit Preferences]  [Search] [Sign Up]
[Personal Messages]  [Member List]  [Help/FAQ]  [Rules]  [Login]
Tiki Central Forums » » Tiki Drinks and Food » » first time Cuban rum , oh the joy.
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
first time Cuban rum , oh the joy.
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-11 10:57 am   Permalink

So I was in Toronto last weekend,
and I made it a point to get some Cuban rum before I left.
So I went to the Government run Booze store.
and found Havana Club Rum,
there was an amber and a dark( 7 year aged)
so I got the later.
at 36 bucks I coudn't afford both.
The friend I was hanging out with was gonna make Thai food that night, and needed to go to the market area to get fresh ingredients for the food.
so I went along and got Fresh Limes, Mint, and found Demerara brown sugar.
I'm not positive what it is, but I heard it was Brown sugar mixed with molasses.
and I know that there is a Demerara rum, so it couldnt be all bad.

The guy didn't really have any mixers and I wasn't ina super mixer state of mind. so I just basically did a grog.
I mixed
1 teaspoon of the Brown sugar,
with 3 ounces of the Cuban rum,
1 once of water,
and 1/2 once or so of the Limes juice.
mixed it all together with Mint, a muller would have been nice.

man what a drink.
the few that tried it, were quite im pressed.
as was I.

now how to get that Rum here in the US or find something similar in taste.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


[ This Message was edited by: bigtikidude 2008-06-11 10:58 ]


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-11 11:00 am   Permalink

oh and I was worried that I wouldn't drink it all, or be able to get it back, needless to say that we polished it off no prob that night.
and I was able to bring home the empty bottle.


Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
arriano
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1286
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2008-06-11 1:45 pm   Permalink

Some friends and I decided to have some real Cuba Libres the other night. Not only did we use Havana Club, but we got our hands on some Coca-Cola from Mexico made with cane sugar. Add in a squeezed wedge of lime and man, now I know why this is a popular drink. Rum and cane sugar Coke mix perfectly.

Damn our corn sugar Coke! It's not "The Real Thing"!
_________________
"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson


 
View Profile of arriano Send a personal message to arriano      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Brenda's Tiki Hut
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 02, 2006
Posts: 354
From: Sacramento
Posted: 2008-06-11 2:02 pm   Permalink

My first Cuban rum experience was in London at the Mahiki. God bless that bartender. He GAVE us tastings of 4 Cuban rums side-by-side. Yum-o. Think Obama or McCain will lift the embargo?

 
View Profile of Brenda's Tiki Hut Send a personal message to Brenda's Tiki Hut  Email Brenda's Tiki Hut     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-11 8:45 pm   Permalink

I hope somebody lifts the embargo,
its stupid as hell.
especially now that Castro's brother is in charge.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
arriano
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1286
From: Dog Patch - San Diego
Posted: 2008-06-12 08:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-11 20:45, bigtikidude wrote:
I hope somebody lifts the embargo,
its stupid as hell.
especially now that Castro's brother is in charge.

Jeff(bigtikidude)




Oh, don't get me started. We happily trade with China and Vietnam -- two Communist countries that we actually fought wars against -- but still not a little island a few miles off our coast. Stupid, silly, ridiculous.

Headin' down to Mexico next week. Wish me luck at the border check.

_________________
"I am Lono!" -- Hunter S. Thompson


 
View Profile of arriano Send a personal message to arriano      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
The Gnomon
Grand Member (7 years)  

Joined: May 01, 2007
Posts: 1292
From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2008-06-13 09:05 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-12 08:43, arriano wrote:
Oh, don't get me started. We happily trade with China and Vietnam -- two Communist countries that we actually fought wars against -- but still not a little island a few miles off our coast. Stupid, silly, ridiculous.



Plus, the whole while Cuba has been our Landlord. We've been continuously leasing the Guantánamo Bay property since the 1890's to house our oldest overseas naval base. I wonder if we're considered good Tenants.


 
View Profile of The Gnomon Send a personal message to The Gnomon      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bewarethe151
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 26, 2008
Posts: 93
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2008-06-13 8:13 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-11 20:45, bigtikidude wrote:
I hope somebody lifts the embargo,
its stupid as hell.
especially now that Castro's brother is in charge.

Jeff(bigtikidude)




First, law needs to be rewritten to even begin the process of recinding the embargo. The actual law which allows the embargo to be enforced states that "...anyone named Castro..." can be in leadership of Cuba. The strong South Florida Cuban population which has staunchly supported the embargo is aging and being replaced by younger people which are more ambivalent about all things Castro. But, it will take a lot longer before any change comes about.


 
View Profile of bewarethe151 Send a personal message to bewarethe151      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
tiki-riviera
Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 11, 2003
Posts: 661
From: Long Beach
Posted: 2008-06-14 09:48 am   Permalink


Each time I visit Vancouver BC, I'm astonished when I return home and
find several "stowaways" of Cuban origin hiding in my suitcase. Has never
been a problem and the drinks are fantastic!


 
View Profile of tiki-riviera Send a personal message to tiki-riviera  Email tiki-riviera     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-14 11:34 pm   Permalink

can you bring bottles of Rum from Cuba, from Canada or Mexico here?
if so how many bottles?

somebody told me he thought it was 2 per person,

I dont know if that sounds right to me.

Jeff(bigtikidude)




 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Camano Mermaid
Member

Joined: Oct 30, 2007
Posts: 10
Posted: 2008-06-15 09:16 am   Permalink

It is illegal to bring anything back from Cuba to this country, but I have. Before 9/11 and the little plastic bag issue it was a lot easier. Most people enter Cuba by way of Mexico, Canada, or a Caribbean country. I went on a day trip from Jamaica. Flew in a very old rickety Russian Yak (prop plane). Very scary, but the minute we took off the rum cart came down the aisle. Big glass bottles of Havana Club. Unlimited for the short flight. Then they took us already half tipsy to the distillery that used to be owned by the Bacardi family (now Havana Club). Lots more free tastings. Bought a couple of bottles, and some good Cuban cigars. Remember vaguely sending myself a post card from Santiago de Cuba that said "Been here, done rum". It took 2 months to arrive to my home in LA. I mixed the rum with my Jamaican booze purchases and breezed through customs in Miami. Not so easy now with all the rules, red tape, and Xray machines. One time my husband and I smuggled 12 bottles back vs the 4 we would have been allowed.
Depending on where you live it's still possible to get across border from either Canada (easier) or Mexico, but you never know if border crossing guards will decide to search. We look like old foggies now so we get away with it.
Just got back from a trip to Puerto Vallarta last week. Lots of Cuban rum there, and we got 4 liters at the airport that were put in a sealed bag. When we landed at LAX we had to transfer to our checked luggage after customs. Fortunately we had lots of towels and dirt laundry and all 4 bottles made it safely back to our home in WA state.

All I can say is good luck and don't get caught. The price is high. Jail time possibly, especially if they find out you actually went to Cuba. Another great reason to get rid of BUSH and all the stupid Republicans who want to keep us out of Cuba.



 
View Profile of Camano Mermaid Send a personal message to Camano Mermaid  Email Camano Mermaid     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bewarethe151
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Feb 26, 2008
Posts: 93
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2008-06-15 10:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-06-14 23:34, bigtikidude wrote:
can you bring bottles of Rum from Cuba, from Canada or Mexico here?
if so how many bottles?

somebody told me he thought it was 2 per person,

I dont know if that sounds right to me.

Jeff(bigtikidude)






No, it is not legal to bring Cuban rum or cigars into the US. Every citizen can bring back 1 liter of booze, duty free, but that does not allow for banned spirits. Yes, is it possible to sneak in some rum. But, you cannot declare it. Say, if one is driving back across the border from Mexico and you have 2 or 3 bottles of Havana Club. The Customs/border agent will ask if you have anything to declare, alcohol or cigarettes. Say, "no". They usually don't search. If you are caught, there is no jail time or fine. They detain you for a half hour and take the contraband. From then on, though, when you present your passport to come back to the country, you WILL be checked every time. If you are caught with cases of booze which suggest that you are acting for profit or commercial enterprise,then, fines and jail time.


 
View Profile of bewarethe151 Send a personal message to bewarethe151      Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigbrotiki
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11131
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-06-15 10:59 am   Permalink

Sigh. I just finished off a bottle of 7 year old Havana Club, here in Germany you can get it at any market. Though truly, Cuban rum is best enjoyed in its proper habitat:






 
View Profile of bigbrotiki Send a personal message to bigbrotiki  Goto the website of bigbrotiki     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-16 12:56 am   Permalink

Sven you lucky bastard, you make me jealous.

all the more reason for me to go back to Toronto for next years great lakes surf battle.


Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
bigtikidude
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8872
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2008-06-16 12:57 am   Permalink

oh and thanks to everybody for their stories and tales of rum hijacking.

Jeff(bigtikidude)


 
View Profile of bigtikidude Send a personal message to bigtikidude  Email bigtikidude     Edit/Delete This Post Reply with quote
Goto page ( 1 | 2 Next Page )
U-Moderate:
  
v1.5

[ About Tiki Central | Contact Tiki Central | Advertise on Tiki Central ]
(c) 2000-2014 Tikiroom.com (tm), Tiki Central (tm)

Credits & copyright infomation