Food and Drink
We're only including
here Food and Drinks we have picked up while out in the Caribbean -
not the usual things we eat and drink back home anyway (like tea, which
we still drink copious amounts of, it goes well with the heat!).
Sundowners are an important part of the cruising life-style. Here
are some of the favourites on Wild Orchid. You will notice they tend
to involve rum - this is cheap, locally produced and suitably nautical!
Of the alternatives, in some
places beer is actually cheaper than bottled water, while wine can be
quite expensive, especially if imported as it is in much of the Caribbean.
Fortunately sparkling wine is comparatively cheap. Surprisingly, to
us, Venezuelans who can afford it tend to drink whiskey even with meals,
rather than rum or wine.
Rum Punch (Windwards and Leewards)
One measure of rum to every three measures of fruit juice (a mix
of orange juice and some other juice; such as pineapple, apple, mango,
tamarind, mixed fruit etc; you can also use club soda or sparkling water
instead of some of the juice); a generous splash of Angostura bitters;
a sprinkling of grated nutmeg; juice of one lime plus one sliced lime
per jugful. Serve with lots of ice. The mix is also good served alcohol
Wild Orchid Cocktail
(Named after us by Grenada Marine, St David's, Grenada)
A good measure of rum, as before; add about twice as much tamarind juice
and fill up with ice.
y Aguakina (Venezuela)
A good measure of rum
(Mount Gay or Cacique for preference, but any local brand will do);
add aguakina (tonic water) to make a 'long drink' and fill up with ice.
Caipirinha (Brazil - this
is Star's favourite!)
Two or three limes
per person, quash them thoroughly with plenty of sugar and add a good
measure of Cachaca (another rum based liquor, this time white rum*).
Fill up with ice.
*NB we think Caipirinha is
the only drink worth having made from white rum - we always carry some
on the boat, but use it strictly for killing fish