Cocktails & Spirits

Guy Harvey Introduces a Spiced Rum

Artist Guy Harvey has made a career out of painting his beloved ocean and the creatures who live in it.

The artist has also licensed out his name and artwork on everything from the hull of Norwegian Cruise Line's newest & largest ship, the "Escape" to t-shirts and wine, with much of the profits from these endeavors going to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.

Now, the artist and conservationist has launched Guy Harvey spiced rum. Distilled in the Caribbean, this amber colored spirit is spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon and finished with a hint of vanilla.

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The 70 proof rum sells for about $15 a bottle and is imported by Shaw-Ross and distributed in Florida by Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Initial distribution has begun, which means you should start seeing the rum turn up at your local liquor store. Harvey is also planning on offering an aged blended Jamaican rum sometime in the spring of 2015.

The artist said that putting his name to a rum makes sense since it is the spirit of the Caribbean. "Given the rich heritage of rum with sailors, boaters and fishermen, adding a quality rum product is a logical extension of my lifestyle brand."

A significant portion of the net proceeds from Guy Harvey spiced rum will be used to fund the various projects of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, a non-profit that funds scientific marine research and conservation programs, particularly marine science and outreach programs.

What's the best way to drink Guy Harvey spiced rum? In a Shark Bite, of course! Here's the recipe:

Shark Bite

3/4 oz Guy Harvey spiced rum

3/4 oz light rum

1/2 oz blue Curacao

1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

3 drops grenadine

Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with fruit. add a rubber shark for extra points

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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