Last week, the good folks at Captain Morgan invited me to lunch at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City for an editor roundtable with Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson. The promise of good food and drinks from a culinary legend was too much to resist, so I braved the oppressive NYC heat for what was sure to be an epic lunch.
Acheson debuted some incredible rum-infused food and drink recipes (made with Captain Morgan, naturally) that are perfect for the summer, and we ate and drank every last bite, and then we went back for seconds.
When I arrived at Haven’s, I immediately headed to the bar, where they were making two of Hugh Acheson’s signature drinks, the Mint Mutiny and Captain’s Agua Fresca. Both cocktails are perfect for those looking to beat the heat this summer, but the Agua Fresca really won me over, with the combination of rum, strawberry and cucumber really coming together nicely. Recipes for both drinks can be found at the end of this post.
After enjoying a couple of cocktails, Acheson spoke for a bit while we chowed down on some tasty grub. On the menu were two rum-infused dishes, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum Glazed Chicken Wings and Skirt Steak Captain Morgan Spiced Black Rum Banh Mi. Both dishes were out of this world! If you want something unique to serve for your Fourth of July party, consider whipping these up for your guests!
As a parting gift, Captain Morgan gave each of us a copy of Hugh Acheson’s book A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, which contains over 120 of his favorite Southern recipes. I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these dishes, as they all sound so good!
Thanks to Captain Morgan for hosting this fun event, and to Hugh Acheson for the great food and drinks!
- Crushed ice
- 1 teaspoon fresh mint, torn into pieces
- 1½ ounces Captain Morgan White Rum
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ ounce Rose Water-infused Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
- Club soda
- 1 cucumber spear
- 1 mint spring
Directions: Fill a julep cup with crushed ice. Stir in the torn mint. Add the Captain Morgan White Rum, lemon juice, Rose Simple Syrup, and then fill with club soda until the cup is almost full. Top the cup with a mound of more crushed ice and garnish with a cucumber spear. Rub the mint sprig between your palms to express the natural oil and garnish with the cucumber. Serve with a straw.
Rose Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon of rose water
Directions: Add 1 cup of hot water to the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the rose water, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate the syrup until ready to use.
Captain’s Agua Fresca
- 1 1/2 ounces Captain Morgan White Rum
- 2 ounces Strawberry and Mint Agua Fresca (recipe follows)
- 3 Cucumber Dials
Directions: In a rocks glass, combine the Captain Morgan White Rum and Strawberry and Mint Agua Fresca with cracked ice. Slide the 3 cucumber dials down the sides of the glass.
Strawberry and Mint Agua Fresca
(Makes approximately 2 cups)
- ¾ cup water
- 2 cups of strawberries tops cut off and hulled
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 ounces lime juice
- 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves
Directions: Puree all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Chill and set aside until ready to use.
Bud Light Kicks Off The Football Season With Two New ‘Dilly Dilly’ Spots
I don’t know about you, but I just cannot get enough of those hilarious Bud Light Dilly Dilly commercials. And lucky for us, Bud Light is back with two new “Dilly Dilly” ads to celebrate the long-awaited return of the NFL football season.
Bud Lights For Everyone:
During the college football kickoff weekend, Bud Light previewed this spot, which depicts our regal King gifting his kingdom’s loyal habitants with his favorite light lager, Bud Light, when one of the pub patrons asks for a mead. The ad highlights the one friend in every group who tries to show off their sophisticated palette, even when it contradicts the group’s preference.
This commercial introduces two new characters from the neighboring kingdom, Count and Countess Pamplemousse. The Pamplemousse’s represent the snobby friends you always seem to invite to a party. Royal Affair celebrates Bud Light as the light lager of choice for a large group of friends (and foes).
Here’s hoping that these two are just the first in a long line of Dilly Dilly commercials that run throughout the season!
Busch Light Gets In On The Pumpkin Spice Latte Craze With ‘Busch Latte’
Last week, Starbucks announced that they were bringing back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Busch Light wasted no time in getting in on the action by temporarily rebranding Busch Light as Busch Latte, and sharing a photo of the new can on Twitter.
As expected, Twitter lost their collective minds, with people rushing out to score some Busch Latte of their very own. The only problem? It’s not real. No, it’s just a clever marketing stunt that pokes fun at the PSL craze. Well played Busch Light!
But they didn’t stop there. In addition to the photoshopped Busch Latte cans on Twitter, they also rolled out a series of mobile #BuschLatte billboards in St Louis, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, parking outside of various Starbucks for the ultimate in trolling.
While you can’t get your hands on any physical Busch Latte cans, you can snag some sweet Busch Latte merch here, with a selection of shirts and coozies to choose from.
Here’s hoping that AB actually released some Busch Latte cans, as I’d definitely buy them! 🙂
Bud Light Victory Fridges To Reward Fans Upon Cleveland Browns’ First Win
To say that the Cleveland Browns have been on a losing streak would be putting it mildly. The team has only won a single game in the past two seasons. In fact, Johnny Manziel was the last quarterback to win a game for the Browns. Pretty crazy, right?
Bud Light believes in the Browns though, and to show their support they’ve rolled out a bunch of Victory Fridges across various Cleveland watering holes, filled with ice-cold Bud Light. The only catch? These fridges are currently locked.
Featuring a smart-technology, all of the Victory Fridges will simultaneously unlock after the Browns capture their first regular-season victory and snap their winless streak, giving fans 21 and over the chance to enjoy the sweet taste of victory together. Dilly Dilly!
“The Bud Light Browns ‘Victory Fridge’ is a fun way to celebrate and reward a fanbase that has never wavered in enthusiasm or dedication for their team no matter what happens. We’re proud to show our support for Cleveland, and we’re always looking to bring NFL fans and friends together for memorable experiences. It’s going to be fun to be part of the celebration when the team earns their first victory of the season,” said Andy Goeler, Vice-President of Marketing, Bud Light.
Here’s hoping that Bud Light has a good shelf life, because I just don’t see the Browns’ losing streak ending anytime soon. 🙂