South African artist and Carrigaline resident Marius Badenhorst is set to exhibit a series of new watercolor paintings and pastel drawings in the Mad Fish restaurant at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven. The exhibition, which will open on Wednesday May 15th and runs until June 30th, is a showcase of his latest series of lighthouses, local scenes and reflections of Cork. Strongly influenced by the sea and his immediate surrounds, the collection depicts his favorite Irish spots including Drakes Pool and the Owenabue river.
A note for my sweetheart….
Darling, darling, show me your love
Take me to Cronin’s traditional pub
On Valentines night we can try each yummy dish
By booking a table at the Mad Fish
Sprinkled with love there’s five courses to share
Featuring the best of award winning fayre
On Valentines night Cronin’s Pub and The Mad Fish Restaurant, Crosshaven, will feature a special ‘Lovers Menu’.
This is a five course treat of platters and courses to share with champagne toast on arrival.
Only 30euro. pp Book your candlelit sweetheart table now on 021 4831829
This fabulous menu will make you wish every day was Valentines day.
Rumdoodle number 6. The E’s. These are good E’s.
At the moment Cronins have 2 E’s. El Dorado and Elements eight.
‘El Dorado’. The Guilded man of Legend. Likewise the rum is a pleasant golden colour and not so hard to find, top shelf on the right 2nd bottle in. A demerara rum produced for the last 300 years in Guyana, on the banks of the Demerara river. A 15 year old classic and premier rum, a fine blended and flavoursome rum best sipped neat, and served generously, a bit of a favourite.
Elements eight. A combination of pot and column distilled rums from St Lucia. Described as a sensuous rum made with virgin rainforest water….. a bit racy! A tad fiery for neaters, but very nice with the smallest splash of mixer.
Slaves, sugar,rum. Those slaves forced to produce sugar, discovered that the waste molasses, if mixed with water and left, would ferment into an alcohol. An unfortunate development from an unfortunate situation. As rum became more lucrative the requirement for slaves increased. And gave rise to the ‘Slave triangle’. The first leg of which was, molasses from the Windies to the US, to make rum. The second leg was rum to West Africa to purchase slaves, the third leg was slaves to the Windies to make more sugar and molasses. So raise a glass and spare a thought.
A Rumdoodle number 5
Now this is not really a review, or a critique. It’s just a doodle, I am way too relaxed to criticise anything or anyone, unless its moronic drivers who don’t understand the concepts of dipping beams or using indicators. The Greek dark ages, the miscalculation of pharonic dynasties, or all that Celtic drivel. So, maybe not that relaxed. I mean what’s not to like when it comes to rum. If you cant sip it, add ice, then a wedge of lime, a splash of mixer, a whole bottle of mixer.
Now the D’s;
Diplomatica Aneja Gold. From Venezuala. A 12 year old, blend of ‘copper pot still’ rum’s. (The age of a blended rum is dependant on the age of the youngest rum blended), winner of the most awards, in the rum world apparently. Medium dark, a very small splash of mixer makes it a rich, and smooth tasting rum, very nearly a sipper.
Doorleys Fine Old Rum. From Barbados and the R.L.Seales distillery. Mollasses based rum aged in used whiskey barrels and finished of in sherry barrels. Smooth smoky finish, with fruit nuts and spice. A smooth sipping rum.
While we are on the D’s lets correct a bit of history regarding the ‘Declaration of Independence’ shall we. The Americans were upset about paying tax, nothing new there. Incidentally the tax was required to pay for a recent war between the British and French. And if there is something worse than being Canadian in American eyes, it’s being French. And the main target for this tax was the importation of rum from the Caribbean, which was a lucrative and often clandestine trade. Can you imagine the Americans going to war over tea? At least they had the good sense to ditch the tea into the harbour, probably already drunk the rum. I suspect, American history was written by the temperance leagues.
Bacardi, originally a Cuban company and after initially supporting Castro, fell out with the Che Guevera faction. Relocated to Bermuda, when their distillaries were confiscated in 1960,(From which we now get Havana Club, so not all bad then, just don’t mention the CIA).What with sueing and counter sueing it gets very complicated.
Bacardi now boast a portfolio of over 200 products, some that might surprise, and claims to be the largest privately and family owned distillery in the world.
Cronins have 2 Bacardi’s, the ‘Superior’ which is the classic white rum, most people would be familiar with, (with coke obviously) most white rums need a mixer.
There other is the 8 year old, a bit darker than your superior and almost a sipping rum, you only need a hint of mixer to make it very palatable.
Brugal Extra Viejo. From the Dominican republic, not a sipper, sometimes known as ‘Brutal’, a bit of an alcoholic burn to it, but a very good mixing rum, getting very popular in this part of the world since a major share holder is now a Scottish company.
Bundaberg. This one is from Australia, and of course only the Australians would put a polar bear on their label and call it a ‘Bundy’. Now Australia has a long history with rum going back to convict days, (more on that later) and ‘Bundy’ drinkers still have a bit of a reputation. It’s a bit harsh for my taste, definitely needs a mixer and it can be brought already mixed. And now seems to be aimed at a more youthful market. Diageo has its tentacles in this brand as well. But it’s an Australian icon never the less
Barbancourt 4 year old. From Haiti and as a ‘Rhum’ betrays its French heritage. Typical foreigners, none of them can spell ‘rum’. Described as the ‘cognac’ of rum if only for its method of distillation, produced directly from sugar cane juice rather than molasses, it is a lighter, and more delicate rum ideal for cocktails and mixers, Barbancourt rum production was disrupted by the earthquake and became fairly hard to get hold of.
British Navy Pussers rum. Now this is one I have been looking forward to,this is exceptional, strong and smooth and so full of flavour, (If you want a real treat try the 15 year old), the original navy ‘ tot’. Not to be mixed, but sipped with relish, alright you can have a bit of lime and a cube of ice, your cockles will never feel warmer. Blended from about 7 different light and dark rums distilled and aged in the wood (A hint there to its closest commercial equivalent Wood’s old navy’).
Back to Australia, as a penal colony conditions were harsh, food was scarce and there was little coinage, so cheap rum imported from India, much of it illegally, was used as wages, resulting in a high instance of drunkenness, though the employers and the importers got very rich, the authorities were not impressed. Probably due to the loss of taxes. In 1806 the governor, William Bligh outlawed the use of rum as a medium of exchange, the result of which the New South Wales corp marched on Government house and arrested Bligh and ran the colony for 4 years. Now one mutiny is unfortunate, but two is just careless.
Be the best and beat the rest! Bring your own conker.
4pm, Saturday 27th October 2012 at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven.
Scavenge the woods, scale the pitch and putt course and bring along the best conker you can find!. If you have one seasoned from last year, even better. It’s €5 to enter if you bring your own beauty along. We’ll have a bag of hard knock conkers for those don’t, but the entry fee is then €8. In memory of the good old days in the shool yard, we’re giving 100% of all money from this competition to the Crosshaven Boys National School.
Patmac’s, a Rumdoodle. Fit the second.
A is for apple, Appelton and Angosturas.
Though more known for its ‘Bitters’, Angosturas have a fine selection of rums. They also boast the most expensive at, Euro 20,000. A limited edition, being produced to celebrate Trinidad and Tobagos 50th anniversary of independence. Now, Cronins have on their menu three Angosturas;
1. Angosturas 1824
2. Angosturas 7 Year Old Gold Rum
3. Angosturas Gold Rum
4. (Though I am sure I spotted a 1919.)
We are delighted to introduce our first guest blogger on the Cronin’s Pub website and blog. Patrick McDonnell is a resident of Crosshaven a long time fan of rum. No wonder Cronin’s is his favourite place to pop in for a drop, as we have a selection of over thirty rums from around the world. When he offered to write an A-Z on international rums, we were delighted. Here goes….. Let us know what you think!
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