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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cheers-ing With Malahat Spirits Co.

'Tis the season to get boozy and deck the bars with rum!

There is seriously nothing I love more than a tasty handcrafted rum, and in particular, a handcrafted San Diego rum. And dear reader, when I say a handcrafted San Diego rum, what I really mean is three rugged San Diego men working on my booze with their hands. I know, super hot. 

Let me introduce to you Malahat Spirits Co., who behind it are three crafty friends that sought out extraordinary ingredients, combined with traditional techniques (they're literally chopping up ginger and crushing vanilla beans by hand) and a flare of innovative experimentation, to create handcrafted spirits, made in small batches, entirely from scratch.

"We are proud of every drop and
will only produce what we love to drink ourselves."

Not only are the guys who founded Malahat Spirits Co. ridiculously cool, but the history behind the company's name and vision is also really interesting. The Malahat was actually a five masted schooner that sailed down the West Coast during Prohibition, carrying over 60,000 cases of spirits at times and delivering more contraband liquor than any other ship in the Pacific. This boat was a bossy little betch. She would anchor off the coast of Southern California and deliver her spirits to rum runners who would take the precious cargo to awaiting patrons onshore. Badass, right? 

To make a fascinating story remarkably short, if you drank your liquor in San Diego during Prohibition, chances are your booze came from the Malahat, also known as The Queen of Rum Row.

But most importantly, check out what Malahat Spirits Co. is bringing ashore right now...

Spiced Rum

Personally, I'm known to spike the cider during the holidays (come on, someone's got to do it!) and there is no better rum to do the job than Malahat's. Slip a little bit of spiced spirit into the Dutch Oven and watch that bad betch brew, it's delicious. While you wait, enjoy a nice crystal tumbler of the Ginger Rum to cleanse your palette.

If you want to liven up the night even more, why don't you invite dear Jean Harlow to the party.

How to resurrect Jean Harlow in her best form in under 1 minute:


2 ounces rum
2 ounces sweet vermouth
Lemon peel for garnish


Pour the rum and vermouth into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake that bad boy something feisty, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with the lemon peel.


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