Rum Sugar Cookies - oh yeah!

The Rum Sugar is in and we have been whipping up some yummies. The rum flavor is subtle which is perfect for adding just a touch of spark to any recipe. And since we love rum around these parts, I left the extract in the cabinet and pulled out the Kraken. Kraken is our go to rum and if you haven't tried it yet—run don't walk to the liquor store.

Dutch's Favorite Rum Sugar Cookies
1 3/8 cups     flour
3/4 tsp       baking  soda
1/8 tsp       baking powder
1/4 tsp       salt
1/2 cup      butter, softened
3/4 cup      sugar
1 tsp           Kraken Rum
1                 egg
Old Salt Merchants Rum Runner Sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and Kraken rum. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in Rum Sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheets approximately 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.   From this:



To this!

 


Annapolis Day 1 Dispatch

Day one : So far so good! Quite a few orders already and several editors planning to write-up Old Salt Merchants online and in print. Our Equator green tea has been the big hit so far--it smells so good it's selling itself. More later....


The Launch

launch 1 |lôn ch; län ch |verb [ trans. ]1 set (a boat) in motion by pushing it or allowing it to roll into the water : the town's lifeboat was launched to rescue the fishermen.• set (a newly built ship or boat) afloat for the first time, typically as part of an official ceremony : The concept of Old Salt has been in our minds for years and would still be just part of our active imaginations if we hadn't just started moving forward one day. This past May we began talking about finally starting Old Salt, and before long we were taste testing and collaborating with potential suppliers. We had a logo designed. We even dreamed up packaging concepts. We sort of cruised along in the light air, with no particular deadlines, until we got a call that really lit the fire—the  US Sailboat Show had booth space for us. The show is in Annapolis and runs Oct. 4-8, 2012. What to do? Jump in, obviously. Now it's the end of September and our boxes have been shipped. A commercial kitchen has been rented. Tea tins have been labeled. Prints ads are about to hit magazines. This website launches. We are as ready as we'll ever be. No more day dreaming. Bon voyage!


The Real McCoy

Stories of the great rum-runners.
Image credit: The New Sheridan Club

Summer Sun + Salt

This has been a fine summer in the PNW and nothing is finer than enjoying some time outside with a cocktail. We snapped a few pics of our salts and sugars for the website, but mainly we wanted an excuse to rim a glass.


Tea Tasting

When Dutch brought us our Rum and Cola samples we took to the cups and took out the notebook. Does our job get any better than a Saturday afternoon tea tasting. We kept it professional and did not spike these tea cups with anything  stronger.