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twas the night before rum quest

A Reef Warrior Christmas Tradition…….

The night before Rum Quest

T’was the night before rum quest

And all along the beach

No rum could be found

Not even the Screech

The reef warriors were fast asleep

Some even in bed

As visions of Sailor Jerry

Danced in their heads

Pyrat Reserve

Had done me in

I finished my nightcap

This is no sin

Soon I was awakened

Up I did dash

Tempted to drink up

A small taste of The Lash

I looked out the window

What I saw gave me stoke

Old Captain Morgan

In a pot still pulled by 8 barrels of oak

He called out the barrels by name

With the same care and skill

The good Captain used

To land the old copper still

Taste Oronoco, try Appleton’s

Drink Bacardi and Zaya

Enjoy Zacapa, Eldorado                     

Savor Diplomatico and Viscaya

The Captain was dark

With a head of cork and wood

With hints of vanilla

I new this would be good

Old like Ron Anejo

Sweet like molasses

He poured himself some grog

I had the same, just different glasses

To the rum bar he went

With a cask full of goods

Many tasty flavors and spices

Ripe fruit and charred woods

Four Square Spiced

For Gidget and the Possum

Thanks good Captain

This is awesome

Kraken for Casey

A flask of Mount Gay for Randy

Rum cakes for Sharon

Even a bone for Sandy

Then he was gone

In the blink of an eye

I’ll be back for mojito Monday

He yelled from the sky

I heard him exclaim

As he rolled out of sight

Happy rum quest to all

And to all, a good night.

Cheers and Happy Holidays from Da’ Reef


Rum Quest Q and A, or Letters, we get letters, Or just another mojito monday.

Last evening Casey, Amanda, Gail and I tried a new mojito recipe, strawberry basil mojito. It was a big hit on the deck and packed quite a punch


I was going to post the recipe on rum quest Wednesday since I have been slacking on that duty. Then today we had a question come up from one of our followers re:the use of mint with rum, which allowed me the opportunity to share some thoughts.

Here is the question:

Michael commented on Rum QuestI come to you as a supplicant to an oracle.  I have a mint plant with many leaves.  I want to do something worthy with them, with rum.  Not too complicated.  What should I do, and with what rum should I do it? Note:  I have already tried placing a bottle of rum on top of a mint leaf.  Also waving a mint leaf over a bottle of rum.  My goal is to incorporate mint in the final beverage.Thank you kindly.

Now I am pleased that Michael will readily bow down to my rum knowledge, but I must correct his belief that we here at rum quest are oracles or high priests of rum. We are, simply put, Drunken Sailors!

To answer the question with one word, mojito! As to what rum to use, what ever you have on hand will do. Our favorite in Oronoco from Brazil. which tastes like a camp fire marshmallow when sampled straight, but when mixed with mint that has been beaten to a pulp, club soda and a simple syrup…… heaven in a glass.

Oronoco can also be mixed with pineapple juice, mint, limewedges.

1 1/2 oz. oronoco

3 limewedges

2 mint leaves

3 oz. pineapple juice   (I incorrectly said lime juice in the original post)

mint for garnish

in a shaker muddle mint and lime, add rum and pineapple juice, shake with crushed ice pour into tall glass, garnish with mint.

Other great rums for mojitos are Pyrat