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Week 4 in Review

Mai Tais in LA, rum punches in New York, Australia’s newest rum and more in this week’s news.

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“When I think Australia and alcohol in the same sentence, I instantly think of wine. But tomorrow, Saturday January 26, is Australia Day – like our July Fourth Down Under – and I am thinking rum.” Forbes discovers South Sea Rum.

Village Voice fights the winter blues by sipping a few rum punches at the popular Havana Central bar.  Check out how they put their own interesting twist on this tropical classic.

“Bartender Miguel Smith talks about his rise to ace mixologist and Mount Gay Rum UK brand ambassador – and mixes a Bridgetown daiquiri.”  The Telegraph has the scoop.

LA Magazine is on a quest for a good Mai Tai.  Matt “Rum Dood” Robold schools them on the proper recipe and which area bars are making a worthy drink.  Check it out.

“The classic Cuban cocktail, El Presidente, calls for white rum, vermouth, Curaçao and grenadine, served up. But Cervantes Ramirez, bartender at Little Branch and Café Select, was not seduced by the combination. “How could I make it better?” he asked himself. By playing around with cachaça — the heady Brazilian sugarcane spirit — he found out.” Here’s more from Paper Mag.