Orange Rhum — Perfection in a glass.

Anyone that knows me understands that I am as passionate about a good bottle of wine or cocktail as I am about any other subject.  I’ve decided to start to share some of my favorite wines and cocktails here (I’ve even invented one of my own but more on that in a later post).

A few years ago, while dining at one of my favorite restaurants, the manager introduced me to a special liqueur that has become one of my favorite digestifs.  I can honestly say there hasn’t been one person that I’ve introduced this wonderful elixir to that hasn’t also become a fan.

One evening, after dinner, I served it on the rocks to one of my guests.  He held up the glass and asked “What is this?”  “Trust me, just sip it,” I responded.  He took a sip, paused, held up the glass, then, longingly said, “This is perfect.”  (Thanks, Igor.)  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

The liqueur is the product of Venezuela’s Ron Santa Teresa.  Two of their Rums won gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition this past April.  The Orange Rhum won Silver along with another of their white rums!

… the perfect blending of the finest rums aged for at least 2 years with an exquisite orange peel maceration. With its splendid golden amber color, luscious texture, its fragrant aromas reveal the scent of oranges…

My favorite way to serve it is on the rocks.  As the ice melts, the water opens the flavors and aromas similar to a good single malt.  For a truly decadent treat, drizzle a small amount over a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!  Have a favorite brownie recipe?  Brush a tablespoon on top of the brownies after they come out of the oven.  Chocolate and orange… a winning combination.

Santa Teresa’s rums are a bit hard to find but are, obviously, worth the search.  I get mine from K&L Wines.  They ship throughout the US and have an exceptional selection of wines, many of which they import themselves.

Go ahead, grab yourself a glass of perfection.


~ by Marc Hedish on July 9, 2010.

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