Oct 01, 2014
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Drinks

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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Combination Style: Beer Meets Rum in Barbados

Words by Jesse Serwer—

10 Saints beer

People have been drinking their beer and whiskey together for years. If you spend time in pubs, surely you’ve tried or at least heard of an Irish car bomb. These days, there’s even a whole cottage industry of whiskey/beer crossover drinks. So why not a Caribbean concoction that combines beer with the flavor of the region’s own liquor specialty, rum?

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Haitian Christmas, 101: How To Make Cremas

Words by Alexandra C. Wood—

How to Make Kremas

This time last year, we had New Yorker of Haitian descent/French Culinary Institute graduate Alexandra C. Wood school us on soupe joumou, the squash-based soup traditionally consumed to celebrate Haitian Independence on New Year’s Day. This holiday season, Alex shows us how to make proper cremas, Haiti’s own spin on the Caribbean-wide phenomenon of rum cream. While cremas is consumed year round, it tends to taste extra sweet around this time of year. Enjoy…

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Creme de la Creme: NYC’s Coquito Masters Competition

Words by Jesse Serwer—

coquito

Here at LargeUp, we love ourselves some coquito. We’ve ranked it near the top of our Toppa Top 10 Caribbean rum creams, against some pretty stiff competition. We’ve got our own recipe, tried and tested at our first annual LargeUp Coquito Party last year.

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Toppa Top 10: The Caribbean’s Best Rum Creams


Words by Steve Bennett—

Top Caribbean Rum Creams

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