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All our cocktails are, as far as possible, created in a totally craftsmanlike manner. In this post, we want to present to you our signature cocktail, “Julep Colada”, in which all the ingredients are the produce of Canarian soil: an enjoyable alternative to the Piña Colada.

One of the ingredients is Aldea Blanco rum, from the island of La Palma. It is an agricultural distillate, prepared with liquor directly from sugar cane, keeping the characteristics that are proper to this kind of distillation intact.

The rum is infused by craftsmen with local coconut, which is rich in important minerals such as magnesium, calcium and phosphorous as well as containing a large number of mineral salts and vitamins. Finally, the rum is mixed with Canarian pineapple jam.  The jam is well known for its beneficial properties, its nutritional value, vitamins and minerals apart from the fact that it contains plenty of fibre, anti-inflammatory  properties, and its content of potassium, thereby making the elimination of liquids easier (diuretic effect), with the result that it also helps to detoxify the organism.

This is a cocktail 100%, which contains many items of local produce as well as the star product, “Rum”, that distillate that is unknown to many but which we are going to explain below.

What is rum?

It is a product of distillation obtained from the internal juices of sugar cane and there are two kinds: industrial rum, which is produced by continuous distillation and is obtained from the molasses (what remains after extraction from sugar cane) and which represents 70% of production in the world market and agricultural rum, which is obtained from the fermentation and distillation of the juice of the sugar cane (vesou) and represents 30% of world production.

To speak of rum is to speak of the Canary Islands since the first sugar cane planted in America travelled from the Canary Islands to the Antilles on Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the so-called New World in 1493, and in January 1494 the first plants were fertilised. In that same year, Admiral Columbus wrote to the King of Spain as follows: “My Lord, the sugar cane that we have planted is growing well and successfully” and from there it was taken to Cuba.

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It spread in the 17th and 18th centuries, mostly due to seamen, who gave it the image of the Buccaneer drunk on rum celebrating his conquests and his pillaging. On the island of Tortuga an unusual pirate republic was established where rum was the legal currency used by the legendary captains, who may not have been in their human qualities quite like they have been described to us in literature and cinema but are identical as regards their consumption of rum.

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Nobody knows for certain where rum was first made but it is true that this liquor was the first drink of the new world.  And, paradoxically, it was not America that gave us sugar cane but rather it was imported to America.  This is why the Canary Islands occupy a highly significant position in the world rum industry preparing distillates which combine centuries of tradition with the extraordinary quality of the raw material of a unique territory.

If you want to get to know more about rum, its history, preparation and try our cocktail in “homage” to the paradise that the Canary Islands are, we await you at Atelier “The art of the cocktail.