Put a little tropical sun in your winter cocktail with an Orange Eclipse from Barbados. This Bajan cocktail recipe is made from Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Blood Orange Juice, Sweet Vermouth, and Angostura Bitters.
Ingredients You Will Need
Mount Gay Rum Eclipse Rum, 750 mL, 80 Proof
- Appearance: golden amber, luminescent.
- Aroma: complex, fruity, lightly floral, vanilla, spice.
- Taste: light bodied, light oak character, well balanced.
Price: $19.99 per bottle
Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth, 750mL
- Distilled with a combination of herbs and spices including sage, coriander, allspice, and Roman camomile
- Natural caramel imparts its rich scarlet hue
Price: $9.99 per bottle
Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters, 16 Fl Oz
- Bitters create wonderful layers of flavor
- Bring balance to drink and food recipes in just a few magical dashes
- Country of origin is Trinidad And Tobago
Price: $27.99 per bottle
- Add all ingredients to shaker.
- Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled glass.
- Garnish with orange peel.
Did You Know?
Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies and the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands. It’s outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt and the capital is Bridgetown.
The Birthplace of Rum
Barbados is considered the birthplace of rum, and Mount Gay distillery – founded in 1703 – is believed to produce the oldest rum found anywhere in the world.
Archeological evidence suggests humans may have first settled or visited the island around 1600 BC. A more permanent Amerindian settlement of Barbados dates to about the 4th to 7th centuries AD, by a group known as the Saladoid-Barrancoid. The two main groups were the Arawaks from South America, who became dominant around 800–1200 AD, and the more war-like Kalinago (Island Caribs) who arrived from South America in the 12th–13th centuries
Spanish navigators first visited the islands in the late 15th century and claimed them for the Spanish Empire. It first appeared on a Spanish map in 1511.
The Portuguese Empire claimed the island between 1532 and 1536 but later abandoned it in 1620 with their only remnants being an introduction of wild boars for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited.
An English ship, the Olive Blossom captained by John Powell, arrived in Barbados on 14 May 1625. He took possession of the island in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony.
As a wealthy sugar colony, it became an English center of the African slave trade until that trade was outlawed by the Slave Trade Act 1807, with final emancipation of slaves in Barbados occurring over a period of years following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833.
On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as queen. The country is set to become a republic this year on 30 November 2021.
Its population of 287,010 is predominantly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination.
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