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Celebrate St. John

Tough times can prompt gratitude for what we have, and for that, we celebrate! May the spirit of St. John dance freely within you. When staying safe means staying at your St. John vacation villa, it’s time to kick back and relax with any number of lovely local libations and enjoy the day. Cheers! For … Continued

St. John Exercise

Enjoy plenty of exercise on St. John. Not even closed beaches and trails can stop locals from letting their bodies do the talking. Road walks to live streaming yoga, there’s no excuse for not breaking a sweat. Swimming and snorkeling are still fair game in this time of isolation.Disco dancing at home is strongly encouraged. … Continued

Hangover Cures

We’ve all been there. A night of total joy and celebration that leads to a morning of nausea and fatigue. What do you do when you’ve overindulged in last night’s libations besides curling up in the fetal position and praying for it all to pass? Let’s look at what got you there in the first … Continued

Guavaberry Wine

Guavaberry trees (myrciaria floribunda) can be found growing wild on various islands throughout the Caribbean. Guavaberry is similar to guava (myrtaceae) only in that both are tropical fruit trees with smooth bark. Unlike guava, guavaberry is rare and not commercially grown. Guavaberry (aka rumberry) is primarily known in the Caribbean for making rum. Early settlers … Continued

Rum Runner

One of the most popular rum drinks in the Virgin Islands is the Rum Runner. Here’s the recipe we use with no complaints. Rum Runner Ingredients 1 oz Light Rum 1 oz Dark Rum I oz Banana Liqueur 1 oz Blackberry Brandy 2 oz Orange Juice Dash of Grenadine Blend with ice until smooth Garnish … Continued

Cruzan Rum

Did you know… Natives of St. Croix are called Crucians/Cruzans Cruzan Rum began on St. Croix in the late 1790s by the Nelthropp family. Local mills crushed the sugar cane that was eventually distilled into rum. Visitors to St. John will find Cruzan rum in abundance, filling the shelves of bars and grocery stores with … Continued

Rum Light or Dark?

What is the difference between light and dark rum, anyway? Real rum begins as sugarcane that is then distilled. The color of rum comes from the ingredients and the aging process. Dark rum is aged in oak barrels while light rum is not. Dark rum may also have burnt sugar or caramel added for color. … Continued

Mango Margarita

Have mango, will eat (or drink)! Mangoes are juicy tropical fruits that drop off the trees in August and land in the mouths of anyone with taste buds.  There are what seems like endless varieties of the fruit, which makes for a competitive community when it comes to which is the best. For those not … Continued

Lime ‘N Coconut

Looking for cold, refreshing blender drinks in Coral Bay? Head to Pickles, Oasis, Aqua Bistro, Miss Lucy’s + Rhumb Lines. Not on-island? Create your own tropical libation with a little coconut rum, and a few key ingredients: Coconut Rum 1.5 oz (light or dark, your preference) Lime Juice 2 oz (Rose’s) Lime slice (rind and … Continued

Bushwacker

4 oz of cream of coconut 2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur  1 oz Bacardi® black rum  1 oz dark creme de cacao  4 oz milk or half-and-half 2 cups of ice 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream *optional, the odds of getting ice cream at a bar here are pretty slim Combine ingredients with two … Continued

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