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Week 52 in Review

America’s Best Bars, Tortuga Rum consolidation, Mojito Bar & Grill opens in New Orleans, tiki culture in Canada and much more in this week’s rum news.

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“Collectors go (coco)nuts for the exotic allure of trinkets from Polynesian cocktail lounges.”  The Winnipeg Free Press discovers the world of tiki.

Patch.com finds the Top 5 Cocktails on the Beach in the Tampa, Florida area.  The Kryptonite Daiquiri looks pretty interesting to us.

“The shareholders of Tortuga CRC Jamaica, Tortuga Rum Company of the Cayman Islands, Tortuga Imports of Miami and Tortuga Barbados/Baker’s Choice have consolidated their regional interests into a new international food group — Tortuga International Holdings, Limited.”  Jamaica Observer has the details.

With 50 rums to choose from, tropical decor and an airy courtyard, Mojitos Rum Bar & Grill becomes the latest spot in New Orleans to focus on great Caribbean food and cocktails.  Check out the Gambit for details.

KPLC TV reports that a startup company called Louisiana Spirits plans to bring a new rum distillery to Jefferson Davis Parish near Lake Charles.  They aim to use completely local resources in their production.

Death & Co., Bar Agricole, Pegu Club, Smuggler’s Cove, The Violet Hour and 45 others make Food & Wine‘s list of 50 Best Bars in America.

“Move over mojitos. Hot toddies are back in town. As the temperatures dip, bartenders at hip cocktail lounges and neighborhood pubs have pushed warm cocktails to the center of the bar.”  The Daily Herald has the scoop