cocoa infused rum

Cocoa-Infused White Rum

When we visited KokoMana, an agri-forestry operation in Savusavu that makes artisinal chocolate, we brought back a bag of cocoa nibs to use for a home-brewed stout. A few days ago, hubby placed most of the nibs package in a cloth bag that Fijians use to hold kava powder when mixing with water. He soaked… Continue reading Cocoa-Infused White Rum

Humboldt Distillery Vodka
Adventure, Art, Food

Humboldt Distillery Vodka

While dining at the Mexican restaurant Carmela's in Arcata, California, where I discovered the wonderful dish "huarache," we noticed a grocery store called Wildberries across the street. After eating, we walked over, and, being a foodie, I was immediately excited. This is the kind of stuff I miss while living abroad: specialty grocery stores full… Continue reading Humboldt Distillery Vodka

Adventure, Food

Chili-Infused White Rum

I was introduced to chili-infused rum at The Rhum-Ba restaurant in Nadi, a tourist town in Fiji. I instantly liked it. We bought a bottle of local white rum when we returned from Singapore, and I made my own concoction at home. It's simple: Just pour a finger or two of rum in a glass,… Continue reading Chili-Infused White Rum

Food, garden

Coconut Rum Cocktail

We have a stash of coconuts from our harvest, and we drained a few for fresh coconut water and shavings to use in a cocktail. I made the cocktail with a finger or two of white rum, a splash of coconut water and a sprinkling of freshly grated coconut, with lots of ice. The subtle… Continue reading Coconut Rum Cocktail


Fiji Rum Cocktail

The price of alcoholic beverages is ridiculously high in Fiji. I suspect there's a sin tax on top of import taxes. For example, a big bottle of cheap rum in the U.S. that would cost about $20 could cost about $100 here. We found the best prices at the duty-free shop at the airport. When… Continue reading Fiji Rum Cocktail