Latin Twist: Celebrating National Rum Day!

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Not only does today  mark the middle of August, it’s also National Rum Day! Well, whether or not you knew, why not think about celebrating? Here are four options for you:

Rum Drink in the Foreground Here’s the first rum drink in the foreground, and peach salsa with chips in the background!

1) Last night we played with this one: it’s super simple and includes three of my favorite ingredients:

  • Fresh lime quarters (3!)
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Fresh pineapple juice (okay—this is harder to come by, but so worth it!)
  • RUM!
    Muddle the lime quarters in a bar glass, add about 1 1/2 ounces of light rum, a splash each of fresh orange and pineapple juice, some ice, shake, and serve! As always, you can adjust the juices (and rum!) depending on your personal taste!

Some other options? Click on the bold titles below to get the recipes 😉

2) Mojito, mojito, mojito!
I wrote about this for Small Bites, back in March, but included it originally in my book, Mambo Mixers:

3) Dominica Punch!
This one comes from my book, Calypso Coolers—and I wrote about it last April, here on Small Bites!

4) Papaya Daiquiri
Here’s another from Calypso Coolers—and I wrote about this one way back in July, right here, too!

Would love to hear about YOUR celebrations—and, of course, I hope to see you TOMORROW at 10 am at the Hastings Farmers’ Market—to support fellow Small Bites Blogger Maria Reina, and me, as we battle it out over peaches (or, I should say, with peaches?!)!
¡Buen provecho! ENJOY!

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Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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