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Distilling Rum in Amsterdam

March 18, 2023 2 comments

Today was a different experience as my friend Tim and I took a 2-hour workshop to learn how to distill rum at the Spirited Union Botanical Rum Distillery. Or more specifically, doing a secondary distillery to add in some flavors to a generic unflavored rum. There were about twenty people in the workshop and we each had our own small copper pot.

We had a book with the instructions and the different ingredients were in jars around the room. Later we realized that the book had 4 different flavors of rums we could make, so we started improvising and added flavors we thought would be more fun.

On the left is my mix of lemon peels, orange peels, lavender, rose petals and elderflower. This was added to 500ml of white rum On the right is the result after I cooked it and steamed out all of the ” botanical distillate”.

It took a few minutes of cooking, but eventually the steam worked its way up the tube, cooled off a bit as it spiraled down, and dripped about 100ml into my beaker.

We then poured the botanical distillate into a bottle of generic rum, added a little bit of sugar water, and then some extracts. I chose to ignore the recipe and used only clementine extract.

The end result was a decent rum that will work well when mixed with some citrus. However, Tim chose a dark rum as his base with a mix of various botanicals, but mostly almonds. His tasted much better than mine and you could probably enjoy it straight, like you would a whiskey.

February Evening Stroll

February 2, 2023 2 comments

Peanut butter store in Amsterdam

January 29, 2023 Leave a comment

Yes, there is a store in Amsterdam that sells nothing but different flavors of peanut butter and a few peanut butter themed items, like socks. We bought 5 little tasters, which are pretty good.

Touring Amsterdam

January 22, 2023 1 comment

We just had a lot of walking and touring with life-long friends, and only some of it included dog walking!

Friday covered 23km (28,523 steps) and included a windmill, ship museum, red light district, a distillery, and lots of random Dutch and Amsterdam facts from tour guide Brian.

Saturday covered 18km (22,385 steps) and included the Albert Cuyp Market, watching people get free tulips for Free Tulip Day, and a bit of shopping (or at least browsing):

Mixed rain and snow made for a very wet day of dog walking too.

Rainy Dog Walk

January 17, 2023 Leave a comment

A Dutch School “Bus”

December 24, 2022 Leave a comment

Look closely and you can see where the adult stands in the back, behind the handlebars and throttle, which are under a black cover right now. Up to eight kids sit sideways facing each other, all seat-belted in. These even have a cover on the top and front to keep some of the rain off of the kids. These drive on the bike lanes, and are about as wide as most bike lanes too.

Holiday lights are starting up

November 30, 2022 Leave a comment

Pre-Winter Scenes

November 20, 2022 Leave a comment

Flying over San Francisco

November 1, 2022 Leave a comment

I had a great view of the city on Monday, but an hour or two later it was all covered in fog.

October Colors

October 22, 2022 1 comment

The leaves on the trees in Amsterdam are changing colors and falling to the ground. We have also discovered what might be the most sparce pumpkin patch we’ve ever experienced.

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