Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Growth of Rum Becoming Polarized

Orijenes 30 Year
     “There’s a move away from a low-cost image,” Frank Quinones, now managing director of Botran Aged Rums, told The Spirits Business earlier this year. “Three or four years ago, rum was rum. Now people are more knowledgeable about rum. They read about it, they want to improve their rum experience.”
     Despite spotting an opportunity at the aspirational end of the category, producers are still grasping tightly onto the volumes proffered by rum’s spiced cousin. This year Pernod Ricard made a significant move for the space still very much available in the burgeoning spiced rum arena with "Malibu Island Spiced", while Diageo has extended its Captain Morgan range with the punchier Black Spiced and limited edition Sherry Oak Finish Spiced, in an attempt to diversify the category.

     Here is the thing, yes there is a move not only by rum producers to move into the "premium spirit" category, but the roots remain firmly planted in the flavored and spiced bulk rums.   So many of the brands that are working on premium rums are also pounding out volumes of cheap spiced and flavored rums as well. 

     I think that this contradiction is going to lead to the slowing of the premiumization of the category and do more to emphasize the cheap image that rum already has.   There is a market and a large group of people being lost to whiskey, because they are not being made aware of the fine quality and fine taste that rums have to offer because too many brands are "quick and easy fakes" of what real aged premium rums should be.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Soggy 2014 Fantasy Fest Doesn't Dampen the Festivities

    The big story so far for the 2014 Fantasy Fest here in Key West is having "tropical depression #9" putting a real damper on the events here in Key West.   The prognosticators are calling for 80% to 90% chances for rain, thunderstorms and street flooding through Saturday morning.  This is not a really good thing for the events of Fantasy Fest.  The really good news is that it is not looking good for any development beyond a tropical depression.  The real problem with "Tropical Depression #9", is it is a huge rain producer.   With local amounts of rain up to 9 or 10 inches, local street flooding is a real possibility.

     The other good news is that the rain is suppose to stop by noon time on Saturday and giving us a
good chance for a fun and relatively dry night for the parade.  This is not the first time that we have had a wet Fantasy Fest, we still come to party, and partying is what we do rain or shine.   I remember walking in 8 to 10" deep water one Thursday night of Fantasy Fest in 2007, and the party still went on.  I think that is what makes this event go on and on and on.  It is one of the really solidly supported events in Key West every year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7000 Zombies Invade Key West

     This years event has grown by another 2000 riders over last years event, but I don't see any end to the growth in the near future. Chris and his people at "We Cycle" have done it again .  This has in a very short time become one of the premier events of the Fantasy Fest week here in Key West.  

     It is a mile or more of zombies on bicycles having a
really fun evening riding, eating and partying.  It is a chance for the young and the old to be involved in a Fantasy Fest event that can be joined  by the entire family.

     The zombies wound from the East Martello starting point next to the Key West Airport and wound
along the beach to Duval Street where they finished at a street party on the North end of Duval Street.  When it was all said and don, 7000 zombies invaded Key West and the undead took over the town for a "zombie ride" that brought a lot of smiles to the people of Key West.  ;o)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Turning a Classic to a Rum Ricky

     The Rickey is a highball drink made from gin or bourbon, half of a lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and carbonated water. Little or no sugar is added to the Rickey. Originally created with bourbon in Washington, D.C.  at Shoomaker's bar by bartender George A. Williamson in the 1880s, purportedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, it became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin a decade later.
     Working from the original bourbon version of the Rickey, here is a very nice version that I was able to create that is very tasty.
The Rum Rickey
  • 2 oz. Zafra Rum
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Agave Nectar
  • Top up with Club Soda
Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a 12 oz. tumbler filled with fresh ice.

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Fantasy Fest Gets Underway

     It is back and in full swing starting today here in Key West, the 2014 edition of Fantasy Fest has started.   The Zombie Bike Ride happened last night and things are off and running again for a week of pure craziness here in Key West.  

    I'm sure that you will be able to find an event that will fulfill your fantasies from the schedule of events below.  Hope all that attend have a really fun week at the 2014 Animated Dreams and Adventures of Fantasy Fest. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Be super, be evil, be AWESOME! Dress up as your favorite Super Hero or Super Villain and run, walk, or fly to the finish line. Prizes awarded for most creative, best group, scariest and funniest costumes. Race begins at 6 PM; Reach Resort; 1435 Simonton St. For registration information: Theme

Hang Ten and head to Fantasy Fest’s only true beach party. Come on over for live music, sand and surf while Strip House chefs prepare an ocean side pig pickin’. Giveaways and prizes for best luau attire. Enjoy great music and drinks with your feet in the sand or under the water. Everyone is invited to join us at 6:30 PM to congratulate the Heroes and Villains runners and party into the night. $10 for food per plate. Cash bar. The Reach Resort; 1435 Simonton St. Free.

Tickets will go quickly for this wildly fun event emceed by award-winning comedienne Christine O'Leary! Locals and tourists alike bid on one-of-a-kind decorated bras created by local artists and modeled by five of Key West's finest women. Bid high as all proceeds are donated to Womankind to provide breast cancer screening and clinical breast exams to local women; 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Aqua, 711 Duval Street; Tickets are available online at and can be combined for the 9 PM Drag Show. For more information call Womankind at 305-320-0608. A special thanks to Kimball Ingram!!!!!
Join Key West Burlesque’s very own, Tatah DuJour, on an epic journey unlike any other! “Adventures in Burlesque-Land” will take you into the sexy and salacious world that exists behind the big red velvet curtains at the Waterfront Playhouse—a world where bawdy burlesque beauties make all your fantasies come true. “Adventures in Burlesque-Land" features some of the best international burlesque performers as well as local Key West favorites! This incredible theatrical experience combines the classic art of strip tease and amazing vocal performances into a Broadway-style production. In addition to regular seating ($45 & $55), a limited number of stage seats are available at $75. Audience members who choose these seats will be in the middle of the action and participate in the show! To purchase tickets, please email the Box Office at Waterfront Playhouse; 310 Wall St. 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Festively decorated homes and businesses compete for cold hard cash! Free to enter, call 305-296-1817.
Meet-n-greet the award-winning artist of this year's poster. Get up close and personal while having a lively libation or two; WineO located at Crowne Plaza La Concha Hotel; 430 Duval St.; 5 PM; posters for sale.

Fly over to World of Beer - Key West, for our first official Fantasy Fest party, "A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pints and Pixies" Pull up your tutu & get out your glitter, because this party isn't just for the beer drinkers. We’re asking all of you fairies to come out of the woods and show off your best Oberon, Titania, & Tinker Bell. The party begins at twilight. Register by 6 PM, contests at 9 PM. $10 registration fee includes complimentary Bells Oberon draft. World of Beer; 511 Greene St.

Get out your feathers, glue guns and ribbons—it’s time for the Key West Business Guild’s extravaganza, the 32nd Annual Headdress Ball at the Southernmost Hotel on the Beach! This year’s theme is aptly named “Animelistic Head Trip” and features the hilarious Queen Mother XXX, J.B. McLendon, as emcee. Annual fundraiser for the KW Business Guild, one of the oldest Gay and Lesbian Chambers of Commerce. Co-sponsored by the Southernmost Hotel Collection. $1500 Grand prize. Held rain or shine. Doors open at 7 PM. Show begins at 8 PM. Southernmost Hotel on the Beach; 508 South St. Book your tables early because this event always sells out. Tickets available online at

Join Key West Burlesque’s very own, Tatah DuJour, on an epic journey unlike any other! “Adventures in Burlesque-Land” will take you into the sexy and salacious world that exists behind the big red velvet curtains at the Waterfront Playhouse—a world where bawdy burlesque beauties make all your fantasies come true. “Adventures in Burlesque-Land" features some of the best international burlesque performers as well as local Key West favorites! This incredible theatrical experience combines the classic art of strip tease and amazing vocal performances into a Broadway-style production. In addition to regular seating ($45 & $55), a limited number of stage seats are available at $75. Audience members who choose these seats will be in the middle of the action and participate in the show! To purchase tickets, please email the Box Office at Waterfront Playhouse; 310 Wall St. 8 PM.

Experience a party that caters to all exotic lifestyles and fantasies. Whether you wear your naughty or nice plaid to attract old friends or to stimulate the new, this party is for you. Everyone is invited to a party for the ages that only the legendary Capt. Tony's can host. Great music and drinks, plaid costumes, exotic people. 428 Greene St. 8 PM; FREE.


Men of Labare as seen in the movie Magic Mike. It's the sexiest and wildest all male review show on Earth. Join the world famous Labare dancers for an ultimate night of complete satisfaction. Sexy white wear is encouraged for this party and couples are welcome. Limited tickets are available for this event and can be purchased at; Bare Assets; 1029 Truman Ave; 8 PM; 305-304-1188.


Be part of Pinchers Inaugural Event that is sure to be the “TITS”. The MASSIVE Foam Party in the parking lot behind the restaurant will feature a DJ late into the night, buckets of fun, stone crabs, prizes, sweet swag and best of all, raise money to be given to the American Cancer Society "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer". For more info visit; Pinchers Crab Shack, 712 Duval St.; 8 PM; 305-440-2179; Tickets only $10

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And what a parade you will see as a magic carousel of frisky pets and playful owners all delightfully disguised stroll, dance and even skateboard across a stage in a fun frolic for fame and fortune! Think you and your furry, feathered or slithery friend have the perfect outfit? 4 categories to enter-$25 each entry; benefits the Lower Keys Friends of Animals; Registration begins at 4 PM; Show starts at 5:30 PM; FREE to watch but VIP seating is available on the lawns of the Casa Marina Resort; VIP tickets are available at 1500 Reynolds St. For more information, visit our Facebook Page, email

Hey ya'll, come on down to the Lazy Gecko Redneck Party! Gussy up in your best camo or slide into your sexiest Daisy Dukes!! Prizes for the best Redneck, Redneck Babe, Redneck Couple,and Team Redneck (yeah, that's you and your best bubbas!). Party starts at 7 PM; Lazy Gecko; 203 Duval St.;


Go back to the days of Peace and Love Woodstock style. Get groovy with tie-dye, flower power, and psychedelic colors, for your Animated Fantasy this year. The Party starts at 7 PM, with prizes for Dreamiest Hippie Chick and Grooviest Dude at 8:30. The more adventurous can be a part of the Body Painting Contest at 10 PM. Bring a friend to paint or be painted; paints and brushes provided with awards to follow! Enjoy live music by the Hippie Band, cold drinks and great galley fare. Emceed by Frank Everhart. Winners will receive cash prizes and gift certificates. 202 William St.; 305-292-3302; 7 PM; judging at 8:30 & 10 PM; No cover charge or entry fee.

Come on over to the Smokin’ Tuna for the "Smokin’ Hot Tuna" costume contest. Over $5,000 in cash and prizes including a Bare Necessities Cruise for 2!. Costumes will be judged on originality and sexiness! $10 registration fee; must enter by 5 PM; VIP tickets include open bar and appetizers during contestant meet and greet and stage front seating; $50; contestant meet and greet begins at 7 PM; contest begins at 8 PM;; 4 Charles St.;; 305-517-6350; $.

The top professional burlesque and pole performers from around the world will compete in the 2nd Annual Fantasy Fest Burlesque and Pole Performance Competition. A stunning combination of costuming, choreography and incredible talent will grace the stage of the Sunset Pier as performs compete for cash, prizes and titles of: Best Burlesque Fantasy Female, Bawdiest Boy Burlesquer, Dynamic Duo and Princess of the Pole. Applications to compete are available at Tickets for this fabulous event are available exclusively at VIP Tickets include assigned seating with an open bar and light food. Sunset Pier, 0 Duval. Doors open at 8 PM.

Do you love it in the dark? Do you love it hot? Do you love to glow? Then you’ll LUV2GLOW at Rumor Lounge when we turn out the lights and go dark with black lights, glow body paint and the hottest dance beats around! Watch your body glow while three of the hottest electronic DJs make your body move. Come party with our HOT Bartenders and SEXY GLO-GO Dancers! Put on your hottest neon or take it off and paint it up… this party is sure to be one of the most epic moments of Fantasy Fest! The beats drop at 9 PM; Rumor Lounge; 430 Greene St.; $


Embrace your darkest desires ... come one and come all (boys & girls, boys & boys, girls & girls) to play in our dungeon of fetishes! Play, voyeur, or take part in the show to unleash your darkest desires. Attire: PVC, leather, latex, uniform, period, levi, underwear, vintage, glam, cyber, burlesque, masks, wear as much or as little as you want, but dress to THRILL! 801 Bourbon Bar/Saloon 1; 801 Duval; 305-731-9055; 9 PM; Purchase tickets online at


Prepare to see RED – RED decorations, RED lights, and big RED beach balls. As long as it’s RED any costume will do! The DJ will keep you dancing, so don’t miss this often imitated, but never duplicated party with the zany, off-beat COSTUME CONTEST, including multiple prize winners. Why wait in line?! Pre-purchase tickets at Fogarty’s. Over $50,000 donated to local schools so far! 227 Duval St. 305-294-7525; 9 PM; $.

Adult film star Raven Bay as seen in Penthouse and her Dreamking Angels invites you to interact with them and super hot exotic dancers, as they bare it all live on stage. Enter the most outrageous and creative contest on the planet, the ABC (Anything But Clothes) Costume Contest, for $700 cash and prizes. Join the adventurous and risque in an adult entertainment club setting, featuring guest DJ's. Limited tickets are available to the public for this private star-studded red carpet celebrity extravaganza. Purchase tickets at Bare Assets 1029 Truman Ave.; 10 PM; 305-304-1188.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Whether you wear the halo of an ANGEL or prefer devilish HORNS, GET WET & WILD at Dante's for a chance to win BIG $$$! Free body painting, live music, great giveaways, fantastic food and drink specials and our one of a kind stage in the CENTER of the POOL! The party starts at noon and goes till 6 PM, pole dancing starts at 4:30 PM; Dante's Restaurant & Raw Bar; 951 Caroline St, next to the ferry terminal. Visit for more details

Join Coyote Ugly on Duval as we turn out all the lights and replace the bulbs with black lights for the 3rd annual Glow Party! A variety of glowing accessories will be available along with a body painting artist so you can glow all night long with the world famous Coyote Ugly Bartenders. Women come dance on the bar as our staff belts out songs on the microphone and dazzles you with a variety of entertainment till the early morning. Contests for cash and prizes for the best dressed couple, man and woman. The contest will be judged on originality and sexiness! Signups at 8 PM. Judging at 10 PM. 218 Duval St.;; 305-294-UGLY.


Toga! Toga! Toga! Over $2,000 in Sloppy Joe’s Gift Card giveaways throughout the night! No registration this year, simply get your Toga ON and join us for the Toga Party all night long! New format this year… prizes will be awarded to best Female Toga, best Male Toga and best couple or group Togas at each band break beginning at 8 PM. Parade on stage and win Sloppy Joe’s Gift Cards. Great drinks and dancing! Togas available in Retail Store for $10 (Proceeds to Aids Help, Inc.). 20l Duval St. 8PM. Door charge.

Creativity and attention to detail are the key elements of these works of art, come be amazed by the combination of beauty and imagination that is The Original Homemade Bikini Contest. A bevy of beauties vie for $2,000 in cash and prizes! Join the Backstage VIP section with an open bar, light food and a contestant meet & greet. For contest entry information contact the Sunset Pier at 305- 295-7047 or Contestant participation is free. Doors open at 8 PM; FREE event. Backstage VIP Tickets available at or at The Sunset Pier Bar.

Leave your sunscreen and beach towels at home. At Margaritaville, you can enjoy a beach party without leaving Duval Street! How low can you go will be the name of the game. We will have beach Olympics, costume contests with $1,000 in cash and prizes and a DJ that will surely create some waves. Everyone is guaranteed to get lei’d. Don’t fret if you forget your grass skirt, they will be sold in our store. Party will start at 8 PM. $5 cover includes our famous Who’s to Blame Margarita or a Landshark. 500 Duval St.; 305-292-1435


Looking for the most risqué party of this years Fantasy Fest? This Pool, Hot Tub, and Foam Party is all outdoors, under the stars, complete with a black out/black light dance party inside. This all welcome, clothing optional, (Bare What You Dare) party, will include glow sticks, 2 DJs, dance floors, large projector screens (playing all your favorite fantasies), exotic dancers (male and female). VIP, front of the line, passes will be on sale at the New Orleans House starting October 1st; 9 PM–4 AM; 305-293-9800; 724 Duval St.;


“Save the Ta-ta’s!” A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society - Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Florida Keys. Wear your sexiest pink costume or body painting to the best party on Thursday night. Costume contest with a $500 bar tab for 1st place, $250 bar tab for 2nd place, and $100 bar tab for 3rd place. Live entertainment by DJ Buggy. Party favors while supplies last. 305 Duval St.; FatTuesdayPinkParty ; 305-296-9373; 9 PM; $


Mr. Playboy himself, La Hef, invites everyone to dress in sexy nightwear. This party makes you feel like you are at the mansion. Enter the $700 Hugh Hefner and Marilyn Monroe look a like contest. Mingle with celebrities and enjoy guest DJ’s live. Purchase Advance VIP tickets online now before they sell out at BottleCap Lounge; 1128 Simonton St. 305-304-1188; 10 PM


If you love rock and roll as much as we do, come bust a move at Irish Kevin's annual 80's party! Prepare your leg warmers and Members Only jackets. Dress head to toe in your best 80's costume with awards given throughout the day. We have live entertainment from open to close, but at 10:30 PM our full 80's band will keep you fighting for your right to party into the wee hours of Friday morning. 211C Duval St; 305-292-1262; 10:30 PM; FREE

Friday, October 24, 2014

Duval Street's mile-long eater-tainment extravaganza features arts and crafts, food vendors, lively libations and costumed frivolity; Noon to 10 PM.

The BIGGEST dance party in the street during Fantasy Fest 2014. Get your groove on while dancing, drinking on Duval St. Live DJs, Boys, Beads and Booze/Drag Queens, celebrities and MORE; Join the party at 724 Duval St./801 Duval St.; 1 PM; FREE.


Free your inner inhibitions and live out your wildest dreams. Join the Southernmost Anime’s and create your own dream world in Key West. Enter the Southernmost Dreams and Adventures Costume Contest held Friday, October 24th. Best themed costume wins! Contest is held poolside at the Southernmost on the Beach; 508 South St.; 4 PM to 6 PM. Registration from 3 PM – 3:45 PM; Contest at 4 PM. Then, at 6 PM join us for the Masquerade March Half Way Party: FREE!


Join the crowd as they parade through Old Town with music and noisemakers! Thirst quenchers provided at selected guesthouses. Begins at the Key West Cemetery Frances Street entrance but revelers can join the mad march anywhere along the two routes! Start marching at 5 PM; All welcome; FREE


Dress and drink like a pirate at the Rum Barrel's most outrageous pirate bash in the world! More than $1500 in cash prizes for the best pirate and wench costumes, great music on the rooftop stage, and awesome rum specials. Doors open at 7 PM. Costume Contest starts at 9 PM. For more info call 305-292-7862 or get piratical inspiration at; 528 Front St. 7PM, $10

Contestants will use the human form as a living canvas for artistic expression in competition for $2,000 in cash and prizes; drink specials and live entertainment! Join the backstage VIP section with an open bar, light food and a contestant meet & greet. For contestant entry information contact the Sunset Pier 305-295-7047 or; Doors open at 8pm; Sunset Pier at 305-295-7045; FREE event; Backstage VIP tickets available at or Sunset Pier Bar.

Welcome to Key West's most provocative fetish party and the ONLY all-male event of Fantasy Fest 2014! The dungeon doors are open to all adult men wanting to watch or partake in their wildest erotic desires. Live out your fantasies in a completely private, enclosed, clothing optional resort setting. Hundreds of hot men will be dressed in their sexiest leather, fetish gear, and underwear. Demonstration stations, play areas, and a 24 hr poolside café & bar beckon you to join this not-to-be-missed event. Co-Sponsored by the Key West Wreckers. Doors open at 10 PM. Clothes check provided. Purchase tickets at the door or at KeysTix; Island House Resort for Men;; 1129 Fleming St; 305-294-6284.

This event is guaranteed to satisfy all your erotic dreams. Join the King Pimp himself, Ron Jeremy, for the wildest party of your life! Enter the $700 Mr. Pimp and Ms. Ho costume contest. Plus dance to the music of celebrity DJs mixing live on stage. This event sells out every year. Purchase Advance VIP Tickets online at; BottleCap Lounge; 1128 Simonton St.; 305-304-1188; 10 PM; 


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sassy entertainers, enticing food and spirited libations tempt costumed merrymakers as they party from the Gulf to the Atlantic; Noon to 10:30 PM; FREE.

The ONLY strictly Couples Only event. Join fetish minded couples in the Cabaret bar overlooking Duval Street. Clothes check included and open bar from Midnight until 4:00 AM. A special performance by World renowned latex fetish performer RubberDoll( Live DarknDancing with New York DJ Lucas will be sure to get everyone in the mood for some serious playtime. Official SDC event; very limited tickets available at 5 PM.

Join 70,000 exuberant partygoers as this year’s Fantasy Fest parade rolls down Duval Street. Featuring glittering floats, spectacular costumes, and dazzling dancing groups, it doesn’t get any wilder than this! Parade steps off at 7 PM;; FREE.

Join the extraordinary cast of animeted characters for the best Fantasy Fest parade viewing on Duval. We’ll be grilling up a fantastic Fantasy Fest menu including lobster and some of your Hard Rock favorites. Priority seats still remain but they are going fast! Contact the Sales & Marketing Department as soon as you can for the most primo Red Carpet VIP treatment! 313 Duval St. 305-293-0230

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A family event featuring food, rides, games, arts and crafts and a costume contest for children located at Bayview Park. Truman Ave. and Eisenhower Dr.; Noon to 5 PM; 305-292-8912.

As the saying goes, “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.” Everyone will be at La Te Da from 4 PM to 8 PM for the last official event of Fantasy Fest 2014. DJ Rude Girl provides the music for the very last hoorah! La Te Da - Hotel, Restaurant, Cabaret and Bars; 1125 Duval St.; 305-296-6706; $5.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

I wonder what exotic island this could be.  Oh yes, it is Stock Island in the Florida Keys.   This is the entrance to the Key West Harbour Yacht Club.   I find this place a great location to relax and enjoy my days off by the pool.   It is also the home for our new boat "Lil Sanity", so we see the opening regularly, from both the pool and the boat.  This is a really nice place, one I'm glad to be a part of these days.  ;o)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Festival Rum Bahamas

    There has been and announcement that the 2015 edition of "Rum Festival Bahamas" well happen from February 27th through March 1, 2015.   This is the second annual festival after a very successful event last February.  I am looking forward to the event this year and all of the cultural, food and rum events that surround this event.

   Held in Nassau, the Bahamas, means a fun trip to paradise and a chance to rub shoulders with so many of the rum producers that will be in attendance.  

    Don't miss this one, it will be a fun festival..   Further information through the people in the picture at the left.  Get your reservations in early and further information from their website.    Get further information at     ;o)