Words by Jesse Serwer—
New York City has become home to a thriving spirits business in recent years but this renaissance for the most part has not included rum. Recently, however, a local doctor of Puerto Rican heritage, Renee Hernandez, opened the first distillery in the Bronx since prohibition. And, though Hernandez’s company, Tirado, also makes three types of whiskeys and a maple liqueur, it specializes in pitorro, or canita—fruit-infused, Puerto Rican moonshine rum. The story of Tirado, which launched in 2011, is told in an article in Thursday’s New York Times, which you can read here.