Peanut Butter Cocktails? Yes Please!


CastriesAt Tuesday’s Indy Spirits Expo one liquor stood out above the rest and that was Castries Peanut Rum Cream. Castries is a new peanut butter liquor thats unique in both flavor and design. Its innovative packaging likely represents the subtle waves of roasted peanuts, cream, and aged rum that gives it that special something.

Served as a cocktail or a dessert, this sultry liquor is a smooth as it is versatile. Castries pairs exceptionally well with vanilla and espresso vodkas, caramel, chocolate syrup, and can even reduce into its own sauce – sweet or savory. Creamy. Seductive. Senusual. Pure. It’s everything you want in a man, I mean a rum. But there’s much more to Castries than its looks, or taste rather.

Castries is the creation of CEO David Jones and president Clyde Davis Jr. The two first collaborated on the idea when they met in business school in 2002. But David had envisioned recreating this wonderful concoction long before that. As a Barbados native, David grew up on a traditional Caribbean drink called peanut punch, similar in style and texture to a Lassi. By bringing it to the states, David wanted to intrigue peanut lovers and stay true to the essence of what traditional peanut punch tastes like. The liquor needed to appeal to consumers but also needed to stand up to other cocktail ingredients when mixed. He had his work cut out for him.

David was motivated by the fact that peanuts were consumed mainly as a snack and felt that they had much more to offer. The peanuts used are actually grown in Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia a country in the West Indies. As Castries heritage is a large part of why it was created, its only natural for its ingredients and distillation to take place in its birthplace.

So, if you’re dying to try this exotic version of peanut punch you can purchase it for $30 at Astor Wines or try one of many tantilizing drinks at a number of New York’s finest bars and restaurants here. You can also get a full assessment of Castries on Scotte’s Rum Pages.

For more memorable liquor from the Indy Spirits Expo, check back later.


More Food Events, for $50

The New Amsterdam Market is holding an artisanal bazaar this Saturday, February 21st. You must be thinking, what is that? I was too… Apparently the NAM is trying to push the whole environmentally and socially responsible food production movement on us. I mean if oysters are involved, why not?

The Founded on Oyster Shells event is being considered a fundraiser to keep these “artisinal bazaars” going once a month. F/ocus Rental Gallery is hosting the event in their beautiful ground floor loft in Hells Kitchen. A $50 ticket includes 7 Local oysters, generous servings of fish chowder, brewer’s bread and butter, fresh pickles and kraut, and locally brewed beer. Visit Brown Paper for tickets.

Back Forty, which opened in late October by Peter Hoffman of Savoy, will be bringing Fat Tuesday to NYC with their Mardis Gras Beer Feast. In celebration of Sixpoint Brewery’s fifth anniversary, this “casual restaurant and bar” will be throwing a birthday party in celebration. Back Forty will be serving up heaping platters of Cajun favorites paired with top cask ales next Tuesday, Februrary 24th. For $50 a head, you can enjoy unlimited New Orleans goodness with strangers at fitting communal tables giving you the ultimate Mardis Gras experience.