KILLER COMBO: New Grove Plantation Rum and Rossa Mary paired with marinated tiger prawns. Pictures: Megan Baadjies
September is just days away and to mark the first day of spring, the Radisson Blu in the Waterfront
will be hosting a rum and dinner pairing.

The menu, aptly called “Ready, Steady, RUM”, consists of a five-course dinner paired with a selection of New Grove Rum cocktails. 

New Grove Rum is a molasses-based rum manufactured in Mauritius.

At a recent preview lunch, Clayton Edwards from Beverages Merchants International said that while rum is usually made with sugar cane, a molasses-based rum is a lot smoother and more natural.

“We used the molasses of the rum to get all its flavour out,” said Edwards. 

“Rum is usually made with sugar cane juice which has a higher alcohol percentage. With the molasses, we cut out the sugar cane then extract it, burn it, boil it and then you get the molasses,” he added.

Vanilla rum and banana split.

New Grove includes silver, vanilla, café and honey flavours.

My favourite dish and drink was the coriander crusted beef fillet, horseradish mash, carrot purée, lime-buttered carrots, kiwi thyme chutney, parsnip crisps and jus. This amazing dish was paired with a kiwi lime rum daiquiri.

To end on a sweet note, guests can enjoy the dark chocolate coffee and black bean cake, salted beetroot mousse, orange gel, and Amarena cherry and orange meringue. This dessert is paired with a rum café espresso martini.

Mauritian spiced rum and pumpkin daiquiri.

I can’t think of a better way to usher in the new season.

The dinner will be hosted at Tobago’s Restaurant on September 1 and costs R495 a person. To book call 0214413000.