Tuesday Sips: Twenty Boat Spiced Rum from Cape Cod

Happy National Rum day to all. August 16th is National Rum day I discovered and it seemed the perfect occasion to open a bottle I bought last year on Cape Cod. Cape Cod to me is quintessential beach and Rum is a great beach/sailing/water drink. Despite the invasion of seals and great white sharks in the Ocean, I continue to visit once a year. My most recent trip ended this earlier this summer. I am usually there for the last two weeks of August but this year changed it up. As usual, I was just thrilled to be at the beach, swim in the bay, eat lobster rolls and fried clams and generally not think about anything but sun, sand, water, and wind.

Corn Hill

I have been spending my summers on Cape Cod, specifically in Truro or North Truro since I was three weeks old. There were many years when I was absent from the Cape because of my years living in Italy but since I have been back, I have made the Cape a consistent part of my life. I love everything about Cape Cod and it will forever represent the beach to me.

The idea of a vineyard on the Cape seemed impossible when I was young. When I used to come to the Cape there were no vinifera grapes growing. The Roberts family changed that and opened Truro Vineyards in 2007. Through the years I have tried many of their wines including the one that comes in a lighthouse bottle.

Race Point

Maybe it’s the beach or just the pleasure of being in a place I love that made me really want to drink the local wine which now comes in cans. Truro and North Truro sell some pretty sophisticated wines for a beach area but they also have a local vineyard and all the stores carry many of the wines from Truro Vineyards. What I didn’t know was that they also have a distillery which they opened in 2013. The distillery is called South Hollow Spirits. There’s a nice video and a great explanation for the name of their rum. Apparently Cape Cod had a lot of bootleggers during prohibition and twenty police boats came after one of them hence the name of this rum.

I am not a huge cocktail fan so I am drink this spicy rum with a bit of ice. It’s perfect with Cape Cod potato chips. That’s a wrap for this Tuesday Sip.

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