Seacrets White Rum

The Distillery
Seacrets Distilling Company

The Location
Ocean City, MD

The Spirit
White Rum

Can you keep a secret? I’ve lived in Maryland for 13 years and I’ve never been to Ocean City. I feel like I have failed as a wannabe Marylander. Maybe I can pretend that drinking Seacrets white rum is a reasonable substitute.

Normally, I don’t drink straight shots of rum (especially not after New Year’s Eve 2005… shudder), but I am nothing if not thorough here. It smells like rubbing alcohol, but that’s not a bad thing for white rum. It is much sweeter than it smells, even with the astringent bitterness that comes with drinking fresh rum. It’s a really smooth, velvety drink that provides a nice base for mojitos and daiquiris and for the recipe below.

Fig Leaf Flip

I pulled this delicious concoction out of the Complete World Bartender Guide. It’s hard to tell where the Fig Leaf Flip comes from, but I saw a reference to tiki bartender Adam Rocke being the originator. I’m a bit skeptical, only because it’s a fairly straightforward drink, which is out of character with your typical tiki libation. But I’m more than willing to give Rocke the credit.


  • 1½ ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce Seacrets white rum
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 pitted cherry
Add the vermouth, rum, bitters, juice, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until very cold.

Double strain into a highball glass filled with ice and serve with the cherry on top.

Recipe Corner: Hungerford’s Tavern Old Fashioned

old-fashionedI have to admit that if I’m in the mood for a stiff drink, I usually just take it straight. I have a few cocktail books and I obsessively watch Drinks Tube, but on the rare occasion I want to make a recipe, I’m usually missing a key ingredient. Apparently my liquor cabinet is way too meager for… just about anything?

I also hate it when certain drinks become fads without me realizing it. After Sideways came out, everyone seemed to want to drink pinot noir, which made me angrily order merlot whenever I went out to eat. I realize I need to get over myself.

Anyway, all of this brings me to the old fashioned. I saw Rich Hunt make it on Drinks Tube and despite the fact that I did not have any bitters in the house and despite the fact that it was popular because of Mad Men, I really wanted to try it.

I am being a bit bold in calling this Hungerford’s Tavern old fashioned. My recipe is basically a tweaked version of Hunt’s recipe. But it took a lot of trial and error… a lot of trial and error… to get it just right. Plus it uses bourbon from Rockville’s Twin Valley Distillers, so I think the name fits. (One of Rockville’s original names was Hungerford’s Tavern, you see.) I’m using Angostura bitters, though, because as far as I know, no one is making Rockville bitters. Yet.


  • 1½ ounces Twin Valley Bourbon Whiskey
  • A slice of orange peel
  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Ice cubes
Measure the bourbon into a measuring cup with a lip. Curl up the orange peel and add it to the bourbon. Let the peel steep in the bourbon for as long as you can possible stand it.

Splash three dashes of bitters into the bottom of a highball glass. Add the sugar and just enough bourbon to coat the sugar. Stir until the sugar has mostly dissolved.

Add a couple of ice cubes and a little more bourbon and stir for several seconds, until the ice cubes have begun to melt a little. Add a couple more ice cubes and a little more bourbon and stir for several seconds more. Repeat until all of the whiskey has been added. Adjust the taste by adding a splash of bourbon if needed.

Give the orange peel a little squeeze over the drink, then use it to garnish.

Twin Valley Distillers Bourbon Whiskey

The Distillery
Twin Valley Distillers

The Location
Rockville, MD

The Spirit
Single Cask Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

I am not much of a liquor drinker. I prefer wine with dinner and if I’m looking for a drink after work or during a sporting event, I reach for a beer. But I’ve always had a fondness for whiskey and its variations. I generally like bourbon the most, because I like my whiskeys sweet. It’s something I know about myself and I am comfortable with it.

For Christmas a couple of years ago, my wife got me tickets to a tour of Twin Valley Distillers, which is located walking distance from our house. Because Rockville is amazing.

Twin Valley’s bourbon is right up my alley. It smells of kettle corn. While it has a harsh twang of alcohol when you first taste it, that quickly gives away to a rich, sweet caramel corn flavor. It is great to sip on a cold winter’s night, but it is also versatile enough to stand up to any whiskey cocktail concoction that you mix it into.

I am not one to drink local just because it’s local. I do expect quality as well. And I can tell Twin Valley has pride in its work.