Ahh, sailors and rum. A storied connection, and in much of the Caribbean, rum is the most affordable alcoholic drink, sometimes cheaper than beer even.
And so the happy hour choices become Pain Killers, Piña Coladas, Daquiris and Rum & Coke. All great drinks, but how about something different?
When we were aboard Beagle Knot in January, LaDonna pulled out a special treat one day: Vanilla Rum that she and Denis had made. It’s a nice sipping rum (we loved it) and dead easy to do.
- Open a bottle of rum. Dark or light can be used; ones that already have flavor or spice should be avoided.
- Add 3 vanilla beans to a 1 liter bottle — adjust the number of beans for smaller or larger bottles.
- Recap the bottle and label with the date the vanilla was added.
- Now for the hard part: put the bottle away and let it steep for 6 months to a year.
Serve in shot glasses or other small glasses. Best sipped, not downed at once as a “shot.” Dave and Denis preferred the dark rum; LaDonna and I both preferred the light.