Here’s another guest post from Zan, in honor of “Thirsty Thursday,” a weekly holiday I celebrated in college but have since become too old and dried up for. Tonight I plan on grocery shopping, re-parking my car and perhaps even cooking something to bring in with me to work for lunch tomorrow. Exciting, I know. So while I plan out my sober “adult” night, enjoy these musings on getting drunk in the Caribbean.
Casual drinking is a favorite Virgin Islands pastime, so no wonder there are quite a few producers of local intoxicant.
Rum is the most popular and well-known Caribbean liquor, and in the VI we are proud to distill Cruzan Rum on St. Croix (note from Val – to all you mainlanders out there who pronounce it “Cru-zan,” you’re doing it wrong. It’s “Cru-jen”). Dirt cheap within the VI, Cruzan sells handles of light and dark rum for $5 or $6 and liters of flavored rum for $7. They have a whole arsenal of flavors, 12 in all, with raspberry and mango the favorite with younger people because it is the tastiest if you are chugging straight from the bottle. Recently they just released key lime and passion fruit. Since the drinking age in the VI is 18, you practically grow up on Cruzan Rum- they even hand you a promotional flavored-rum shot when you step off the airplane.
A few years ago smaller beer and rum operations started opening, my favorite of which is St. John Brewers.