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How to make a DRC

Updated on February 17, 2009
The secret ingredient
The secret ingredient

It's a delicious rum and coke, mon

And you don't make it with just any rum. It has to be made with Cockspur 5 Star from the beautiful island of Barbados. This rum has a very distinctive flavour because the molasses isn't processed out of the spirits like so many domesticated "vodkas" that pass themselves off as rum.

And you must use Coke and not just any product that passes as a cola. You may use Diet Coke if you are watching your waist, but after having many DRC's, you generally aren't watching much of anything other than the back of your eyelids.

The proportions are a matter of taste but ice is mandatory. All drinks in Barbados get warm much too quickly so the secret to drinking a DRC is not to let it linger too long.

And if you haven't been to Barbados, what are you waiting for anyway. It rains there everyday for about 4 minutes. It is a paradise. Say Hi to the ladies as you cross the bridge in Bridgetown on your way up to the Gold Coast.

"Oh we don't open at any particular time, we don't close at any particular time."

That statement coming from a lady, working at a local fruitstand in Barbados, will always remain as the true meaning of how the people live in this memorable place.

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"I got stuff in me close drawers that be older than that, mon"

And as an addition to this story, a friend who was just visiting Barbados, advised that they are importing sugar cane molasses to make rum because of the growing worldwide demand for this spirit. Cane harvesting has been a problem since the locals (Bajan's) are not taking on the jobs that are available. Guyanese immigrants are being imported on a temporary basis to do the manual labour. Barbados is not that progressive when it comes to mechanized farming so there is an opportunity here for entrepreneurs out there.

The major problem with anything mechanized is service and parts. I recall a friend who owns a plantation down there talking about how difficult it was to maintain his tractor. Parts had to be brought in from Brazil and he had to do the work because there were very few qualified mechanics available on the island. Just rent a car in Barbados and you will soon learn how they handle maintenance. Preventative is not a word in the Bajan vocabulary from my experience.


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