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Appleton RumYo ho ho and a bottle of rum! You don’t have to be a pirate to enjoy this tasty distilled alcohol. Rum comes from sugar cane, sometimes in the form of molasses, sometimes directly from the cane juice. There are a large variety of rums to be found, but my favorite is Appleton Special Gold, which I first tasted in Jamaica (where it comes from).

Rum comes in colors/tastes, including:

  • Light
  • Golden
  • Dark
  • Spiced
  • Overproof
  • and Flavored.

Each of these has special characteristics. Rum is popular all over the world, and the most popular brand in the US is Bacardi, which comes in quite a few flavors, and also the famous 151 overproof.

And now, for your sip of one of my books.

Cover: Spanking Her HighnessThis is from Spanking Her Highness, my most recent release at Blushing Books and Amazon. There’s no alcohol drinking in this book, but they do like their sweet tea, which makes me think of some of the rum cocktails I’ve had over the years.

This is a PG-13 rated excerpt, but please bear in mind, this is an erotic spanking romance.

The sitting room where Arthur sent her was a little more familiar to her than the main room. Some of the features were memorable from the day of the incident, though she hadn’t gotten a full impression of the place through her tears and upset. It smelled warm from the late-afternoon sunlight streaming through the windows, and there was a slight scent of lemon furniture wax.

It wasn’t long after her tea was served that Will came into the room. He looked a little tired, and the line between his brows was deeper as well. However, he greeted her with a big smile on his face. “It’s my favorite neighbor! Come to visit?”

A gentle thrill went through her at the sight of him. He was so handsome, with his sun-tipped dark red hair and bright eyes. Queenie tamped down the urge to run her hands over his broad shoulders and thick biceps.

Shaking her head slightly, she quickly came to the matter which drew her to visit.“Not exactly. The sheriff is having some trouble figuring out who tried to ram me the other day. I was hoping you might remember something I said.” A slight heat brushed her cheeks. “I was a little…upset.”

He sat next to her on the couch. “Yeah, you were. Well…you didn’t say much.”

She rose. “I’m sorry to have bothered you.”

Will took her hand and pulled her back down beside him. “You’re not bothering me. Let’s see…you said that you’d been hit by an SUV, and that you thought the driver was trying to run you off into the drainage ditch.”

“Did I describe the driver?”

“Not really. You thought it was a woman.”

Queenie sighed. It looked like she’d been so hysterical that all she’d done was blubber. She withdrew her hand from his and knotted her fingers together in her lap. She watched Will’s face, looking for any hint of new information. “That’s all I said?”

He nodded, covering her hands with one of his while he brushed his fingertips along her cheek. As she’d done before, she leaned into that warm hand, then caught herself. “I should go.”

“Don’t go.”

Will got closer, and she could feel his breath against her lips.

“I…I can’t stay.”

“No?”

His lips hovered over hers, nearly touching her.

“Please…”

“I thought you’d never ask.” Will’s lips took hers in a searing kiss.

Now, I think I’d like a little rum cocktail to slow my rapid pulse. What shall it be? Rum and coke? Cuba libré? Mai Tai? Daiquiri? Rum Punch?

Oh I know…

Bahama Mama (recipe found on The Hooch Life)
(This one kicks like a mule, and in the Bahamas they make it so strong, it’s enough to remove paint. Before you order one, be sure to have a designated driver.)

Ingredients (makes 1 drink)
3/4 ounce White Rum
3/4 ounce Anejo Rum (ED: Anejo means aged. One aged brand is Appleton Estate 21 Year – but it sells for more than $100 per bottle.)
3/4 ounce Dark Rum
1/2 ounce Coconut Rum
3 ounces Unsweetened Pineapple Juice
2 ounces Fresh Orange Juice
2 tsp Classic Grenadine
1 dash Angostura Bitters

(Adding a little more Grenadine makes it sweeter and more pink in color.)

Method:
Put all ingredients and a couple of handfuls of ice in a shaker, shake well, and serve in a hurricane glass. It can also be served on the rocks (don’t put the ice in the shaker, put them in the glass) or as a frozen drink (put the whole thing and ice in a blender and crank the baby up to frappé).

Here’s a fun rum video. It’s called “Why Is The Rum Gone?” You’ll see why.

Have a healthy, happy, mostly sober Saturday!

2 Comments

  1. Loved the passage from the book. Nice recipe too for the drink. Although, I still prefer my Captain Black Label 100 proof to others. I do enjoy a some flavored rums though.

  2. Love the Appleton!
    Thanks for sharing that video…it has to be one of the best things I’ve watched this week 😛

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