As I’m from Somerset I sound an awful lot like a pirate. What do pirates like to drink? Rum of course! Rum is one of my favourite spirits, so when Turtle Bay Southampton asked me to come along to their Rum Cocktail Masterclass* I of course accepted.
Turtle Bay has been in Southampton Guildhall Square since 2011, and has remained one of my favourite restaurants in the city. Bringing spicy jerk dishes and a fun vibrant restaurant it certainly can warm you up even in this December weather.
To start our evening off, our vivacious host Adam started off by telling us the basics of rum. He then moved on to tell us how to taste our rum. I was slightly worried when Adam told us that Turtle Bay stocked over 40 rums, I didn’t think I’d make it out of the restaurant standing! Luckily for me he picked a few of his favourites.
- Koko Kanu – A sweet clear coconut rum, a better version of Malibu!
- Santa Teresa Orange – to quote Adam ‘like a Terry’s chocolate orange, just very alcoholic.’
- Wray and Nephew – 63% overproof, absolutely blew my head off!!!! (needs a mixer).
If you want to try any of Turtle Bay’s rum, they are all priced the same, making it easier on your bank balance to decide your favorite.
I retired from my bar job making cocktails years ago. However, I made a comeback! We all took turns making cocktails from Turtle Bay’s extensive cocktail menu. I went with a classic mojito, and as you can see from the photo I am very happy with it.
Beach Food Platter
To end a great evening we all shared the Beach Food Platters, which are definitely worth a sample. With spicy jerk chicken wings, sweet corn fritters, garlic and herb flatbread and pepper roti. It took the edge off all the rum.