Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Treasure Rum, Chocolate Cherry Flavored Rum

Miami, Fla.—Good tasting cherry flavored alcohol is hard to find. But Treasure Rum's Chocolate Cherry Flavored Rum has mastered it. “It took a long time to get the flavoring right but we got it just right,” said co-owner Mike Spies, and former Florida Keys resident, of Treasure Rum LLC. I met him and his business partner Jannette Galis-Menedez at the Ninth Annual Miami Rum Festival & Trade Show this year at the Miami Airport Convention Center.

Mike Spies and Jannette Galis-Menedez owners of Treasure Rum, at 9th
Annual Miami Rum Festival & Trade Show, Miami, Fla.

Treasure Rum, started just seven months ago, has already gotten onto the shelves of all the Total Wine &More stores from Homestead to Plantation.

It was the long time passion turned hobby for Spies who wanted to develop his own personal flavored rum. With the help of Citrus Distillery in Riviera Beach, Fla., they developed their double distilled hand-crafted rum.

“It has been very interesting, but a lot of work,” said Cuban born Galis-Menedez. They wanted to use the word Pirate for their brand but it was already trademarked. So to represent their dual heritage, a map of Cuba and a tiny pirate image is located on the label.

I found it to be yummy dark, golden-colored rum with a pleasant aroma and taste rich dark cherries followed by milk chocolate.

“It has an aftertaste like chocolate covered cherries, that’s what we were looking for,” said Spies. He added they had to go out of country to get the flavoring for the rum because they did not want it to taste like chocolate covered cough syrup.

Spies said their rum has been very well received at every Total Wines & More tastings he has done in south Florida stores. He also found a good response at the Miami Rum show.

You can find out more details about them and Treasure Rum at

Also Island Dogs Bar, in Key West now serves Treasure Rum.

You can also email Jannette Galis-Menedez at or call 305-799-1941

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Florida Edible Mahoe Tree

If you live in Florida you often get to see variegated Mahoe trees. You might know them as an ornamental tree used to bring color to a yard. But I bet you didn’t know these colorful Mahoe trees have edible parts. Well according to Green Deane of Eat The Weeds they are.

Multicolored Mahoe tree, Florida
Copyright 2017 by Helen A Lockey
He is a Florida forager who takes people on walks through Florida wilderness to teach them about which wild plants and fruit are edible. 

Mahoe flower, edible hibiscus, Florida
Copyright 2017 by Helen A Lockey
Mahoe trees are in the edible hibiscus tree family. The yellow flowers can be eaten raw but the leaves have to be cooked according to Deane.

The flowers are slightly slimy in texture and have lettuce like flavor mixed with just a touch of sweetness.

According to Deane the flowers only last one day and are yellow in the morning and red in the evening before they die.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Get Your Dry Florida-Grown Stover Wine Before It’s Gone

St. Augustine, Fla.—Stover Reserve wine, from San Sebastian Winery, is ending. It will no longer be available for sale after the last case is sold this year. It is a dry white wine made from Florida-grown vinifera bunch grapes called Stover. San Sebastian winery and their sister company Lakeridge Winery are the only vineyards in the state of Florida still growing this grape varietal.

Limited supply Stover Reserve dry Florida-grown wine, San Sebastian Winery,
St. Augustine, Fla., Copyright 2017 by Helen A Lockey

In 2016 the Stover grape vines suffered a devastating blight. This drove the wine growers and producers to decide to pull up the vines and not replant. If they did replant it would take another five years before the vines produced enough fruit to make wine.

Stover Reserve is a delicious white wine that starts of slightly sweet and finishes dry. It has clean notes of citrus, juicy green apple and aromatic spice. It goes wonderfully with fish and chicken dishes. It is a multi-award winning wine.

If you want to buy a bottle or case you’ll have to go directly to San Sebastian or Lakeridge wineries because there are no longer enough cases for them to put on their internet order page. Nor are there enough bottles to include in their complimentary wine tasting.

I talked to a wine shop representative today (March 31, 2017), and she said they only had 16 cases left.

They sell for $12.99 a bottle and are worth every cent.

And if you like this wine, I mean really like this wine and the idea that dry white wine grapes are growing in Florida, then contact Seavin Incorporated, the parent company of San Sebastian & Lakeridge, and tell them to replant the Stover grape vines. Then pledge that you will buy and tell all your friends to buy this wonderful Florida-grown wine in five years time.

157 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: 904-826-1594

19239 US-27, Clermont FL 34715
Phone: 1-800-768-9463