The Art of Libations
14 December 2009 | Christensaid, St. Croix
The weather is still bad for our crossing to Antigua, so one afternoon I decide to explore some of the art galleries of Christensaid. (Louis passes). As I'm walking along I'm distracted by a sign advertising the cheapest and best selection of rum in the Caribbean, coupled with a high-end jewelry shop. I guess these shops are targeted at cruise ship customers, who apparantly like to buy a lot of gold jewelry and duty-free liquor. I forego the bling (same shit, different island...and I'm more of a silver-girl anyway), but I do have fun stocking up on Bombay Sapphire Gin and Absolute Vodka at $12 per liter. And then I spy what I'm really after: RUM. Now, I've never been much of a rum-girl but last year our friends Stefan and Monique from "Lazarina" shared some special Martinique aged sipping rum with us. Wow - it was incredible! I've been in search of that bottle ever since. And there it is: a beautiful - and huge - bottle of rum from Martinque at a mere $180! Hmmmm....I'm not sure I liked it THAT much, and we're headed to Martinique shortly, so I shift my gaze to a slender bottle of 10-year aged rum from Anguilla called "Pyrat". It's in my size and price range, but the girl behind the counter can tell me nothing about it. Curiosity and the Christmas spirit get the better of her and she opens up a little sample for me - and shares it with me, of course! It's quite tasty so I add that to my growing collection of liquor and wine piled on the counter. I never did make it to an art gallery, but our liquor cabinet is well stocked!