Jul 28, 2014
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Canita To Go: ‘Puerto Rican Moonshine’ Goes Mainstream With PitoRico

Words by Jesse Serwer–


The National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City (see highlights from yesterday’s edition here) is about as close as you can get to experiencing the “51st state” without leaving the continental U.S. One element of Puerto Rican culture you’re not likely to find on the parade route, though, is pitorro—Puerto Rico’s answer to moonshine and bush rum.

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Black Gold: Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Mount Gay Rum, as you may already know, is the oldest documented rum producer in the world. The “Rum that Invented Rum” has operated continuously out of Barbados since—at least—1703.

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305 Lime: Miami’s Rum Renaissance Festival

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo Courtesy Uncommon Caribbean/SBPR

Rum Renaissance Festival

We’ve been waiting for the “rum renaissance” to happen for years. A day when our stateside contingent can walk into any pub or club and expect to find the same level of choices as our whiskey- and vodka-drinking friends. Or at least something more than the Captain Morgan, Bacardi and Malibu—with the occasional Appletons or Mount Gay sighting—we encounter at most stateside nightspots and watering holes.

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Touch Di Road with Mamachel: Bacchanal Jamaica

Words by Mamachel

Jamaica Carnival image_5 (1)

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Beers

Words by Steve Bennett/Uncommon Caribbean, Photos Courtesy Steve Bennett/SBPR—
Stag Beer

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Nature Island Viagra: Bois Bandé, Dominica’s Love Potion

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Bois Bande Dominica

Dominica is a place of such natural abundance that even Viagra grows on trees. Better still, it’s distilled into rum. Bois Bandé, which literally translates to “hard wood,” is the bark of the Richeria grandis tree. While this same tree can also be found in Grenada, Guadeloupe, Trinidad (whose Mighty Sparrow made a song about it), Costa Rica and even parts of Brazil, in many of these places you’ve gotta be in good with some bushmen to get some. In Dominica, where bois bandé has been used as an aphrodisiac and a fix for sexual ills going back to the time of the Carib and Arawak Indians, rum made with the substance is as easy to find as the nearest liquor store or rum shack. (It’s also distilled into powders and extracts which are sold online and, apparently, very popular in France)

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