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Welcome to 2013. Try a Painkiller.

Happy New Year! Before I get back to wine related topics, I thought I would share some photos from my Christmas and New Year’s holiday spent with the family in Tortola.

We had a sun-and-rum-soaked two weeks down in the British Virgin Islands. As expected, local liquor stores had limited wine inventory, so we drank rum. Lots of delicious, inexpensive, dark, spicy rums that we mixed into all kinds of juices: guava, papaya, passionfruit, pineapple.

The Painkiller is the national drink, founded at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. The cocktail, so delicious and simple to make, just may perk up your grey, dreary January days. Here is the recipe:

2-4 oz. of Dark Rum
4 oz. pineapple juice (or 4 oz of any combo of juices you like)
1 oz. cream of coconut, preferably Coco Lopez brand
1 oz. orange juice

Shake, strain and serve over ice.
Grated fresh nutmeg on top!

Cow Wreck beach bar on Anegada

Cow Wreck beach bar on Anegada

The most beautiful sailing ship I will never afford

My regret is not enough time in this hammock

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