This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rums of Puerto Rico. All opinions are 100% mine.
So this past weekend, my wife and I hosted a murder mystery party. We did one of these last year, and it was loads of fun. Since we’ve been buried in snow here in upstate New York since, oh, November, we decided that this would be a fun way to get our friends together and forget about the weather outside…at least for an evening.
This year’s murder theme was Mardi Gras. (Yes, I am aware that Mardi Gras came and went a couple of weeks ago…but it’s difficult to coordinate 8 people’s plans to find a free night!) Since I lived down in south Louisiana for a while, I had plenty of props (i.e. beads) for decoration. Pierre DuPre was murdered in his Garden District home with a set of Mardi Gras beads, and we all convened to discover his killer. The only catch was the killer was among us at the table…
Since the party was set in Louisiana, we naturally made some delicious Cajun food for the party. We had Shrimp Etouffee for the main course (except we did chicken and sausage to avoid seafood allergies) along with a Cinnamon King Cake for dessert. But the real star of the show was the opening act! In true New Orleans fashion, we greeted guests with beads and a New Orleans Hurricane as soon as they walked in the door. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans, then you’re certainly familiar with the Hurricane. It’s a blend of 2 types of rum along with several fruit juices…and it’s delicious!
Have you guys ever thought about the role that food plays in history? My friend Lindsey suggested the book Salt a while back, and it’s now on my to-read list (that is, whenever I finish the entire Game of Thrones series). In that same vein, I recently came across It’s Rum Time, an online collaboration between Rums of Puerto Rico and History.com. Some of the world’s finest rums have been distilled in Puerto Rico since the 1500’s, and this series presents the idea that these rums have likely been present at many of the world’s greatest moments.
How did Thomas Edison celebrate the invention of the light bulb in 1878? Or what about the invention of the Pendulum Clock in 1657? These are major landmarks in world history…and it’s very likely that Puerto Rican rum was there to help celebrate. As a history buff myself, I’ve always enjoyed a good documentary on the History Channel. But now the Rum Times series combines my passion for food with my love of history. Perfect!
Rum Times offers 13 awesome cocktail recipes along with a suggested playlist and decor suitable for each cocktail. But the best part is the videos! Each drink will be accompanied by a video telling the story behind 13 of the greatest moments in world history over the last 450 years. Puerto Rico has been distilling rum for over four centuries giving it the title of “Rum Capital of the World.” Thanks to the Rum Times series, Puerto Rico is presented in a new light. I’ve always known that Puerto Rico rums were among the world’s finest, but it’s interesting to see rum from this new historical perspective.
Last weekend, we had a murder to celebrate. Uhh, well, that didn’t sound right. More accurately, we had the capture of a murderer to celebrate. (And to think my neighbor was a murderer…I thought I knew him so well!) But this weekend? Well, we have 13 new reasons to celebrate. Perhaps it will be the invention of blue jeans in 1873. Or perhaps it will be the creation of the Gregorian Calendar (i.e. modern calendar) in 1582. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty happy about the creation of Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays! So what historical milestone will you be celebrating this weekend? Drop by It’s Rum Time and select one…complete with party decor, drink recipes and musical playlists. Let me know what you’ll be celebrating this weekend! It’s Rum Time!