Rum, Beer and Mamajuana
The Dominican Republic has 3 major brands of rum founded between the mid-1800’s to the 1930's when Don Andres Brugal Montaner, Don Erasmo Bermudez and Julian Barcelo each began his own rum refining process.
The Brugal, Bermudez, and Barcelo brands of rum are now famous worldwide and considered superior to the rums of Jamaica and Barbados since Dominican spirits usually are aged in special American white oak kegs that produces a sweet, hearty mixture.
Bermudez, oldest of the Dominican rum distilleries and distilling in Santo Domingo, was established in 1852. Its first formula, Bitter Panacea, remains famous., Bermudez has the Dominican’s oldest aging cellar.
Brugal, established in 1888 and located near Puerto Plata, is the most popular Dominican distiller. Producing more than 1.5 million liters of white and dark rum annually. Free tours are offered at the bottling plant Monday through Friday.
Barcelo, a relative latecomer established in Santo Domingo in 1930, is said to be favorite of locals. The plant manufactures 40 thousand liters of rum per day.
Cuba Libre, or Rum and Coke Cuba Libre
Two shots white rum
Coca-Cola or another cola brand
Juice of one lime (rub rim of glass with lime peel)
drink is known for making tourists lose their inhibitions, among other things.
1 oz. coconut rum
1 oz. rum
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. gin
½ oz. grenadine
Cut a 3-inch hole in the top of a coconut. Pour in tequila, rum and gin. Add several ice cubes and stir. Throw in slice of lemon. Serve with long straw.
Tip: The Dominican Cocktail Festival held annually in Santo Domingo features the country’s restaurant and hotel bartenders who for 2 evenings create original drinks to become “Dominican Bartender of the Year.”
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