Author Archives: SHBarmen

About SHBarmen

The Straw Hat Barmen are based in Brevard County, Florida, and create, mix and serve craft cocktails for all occasions. They bring their magic to special events, private parties and bars in central Florida and beyond.

Jet-fueled craft cocktails set for ‘Rockets & Robots’

The Straw Hat Barmen will be pouring craft cocktails at a retro-futuristic art exhibition Saturday night at Rocket City Retro in Cocoa Village. This mid-century-modern hub is the perfect place for a party celebrating retro-inspired art. Read more details on the exhibit in this post from Brevard Culture. The art-show opening features works by multiple […]

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Totally Florida Holiday cocktail gives fresh twist to Martinis & Mistletoe

The Straw Hat Barmen made an appearance at the recent Martinis & Mistletoe event in Melbourne, Florida, sharing a cocktail with a Florida-fresh philosophy. The Totally Florida Holiday cocktail is made with ingredients totally from Florida. The gin is from the St. Augustine Distillery in St. Augustine, Florida. The juices are from Harvey’s Groves in […]

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Pumpkin Spiced Rum warms up the holidays

October unleashed an onslaught of pumpkin spiced drink and food items. The news jokes daily that the pumpkin spice craze must be stopped. But I say bring it on, find more ways to use it. I infused rum with fresh baked pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. It definitely leans on the desert end of the […]

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Comparing cocktail cultures in London and Dublin

My wife and I just got back from a 10-day trip to England and Ireland, primarily in London and Dublin. Besides the obvious differences between there and here, like driving on the opposite side of the road and London being insanely crowded, there are many differences between their culture and ours. Being a Straw Hat […]

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What makes a liquor handmade? Courts may decide

More and more people are asking questions about their where their food comes from and how it is produced. It’s only natural that people are beginning to ask the same questions about the provenance of what’s in their cocktail as well. It’s a well-known fact that marketing plays a huge role in the success or […]

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Defining what it means to be an ‘authentic’ Caribbean rum

When countries have a food product that they feel is particularly special, they will often implement an appellation system to define and protect this product from others who may try to copy it. This system ensures that when you buy Modena Balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese or even a Melton Mowbray pork pie, you know you […]

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Mixing it up with towering talents of tiki cocktails at The Hukilau

When most people think of “tiki drinks,” what unfortunately comes to mind is neon-colored, overly sweet drinks festooned with outlandish garnishes. These drinks are far removed from their origins as fresh, well-balanced, complex cocktails as originally conceived by Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic Bergeron and others. Along with the drinks, it seems like everything connected […]

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Sipping around the world at Rum Renaissance 2015

After a few days of recovery and reflection, we have come down from the lovely cloud of rum we floated upon for three days in Miami. The Straw Hat Barmen had the pleasure of attending the largest rum festival in the world. Rum Renaissance is held every year in Miami. It attracts people from many […]

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Recipe: Our punch was a hit at bridal showcase

It was great to meet everyone at the Sophisticated Bridal Showcase event on Sunday, where many future brides and guests sampled our punch. A punch is a great way to serve a crowd, whether it’s at a wedding or a party. It can supplement cocktails being made at the bar, and it offers an excuse […]

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Straw Hat Barmen cocktail wins margarita challenge at Florida Key Lime Pie Festival

The Straw Hat Barmen took up the challenge to create two cocktails for the Florida Key Lime Pie Festival cocktail competition on Saturday, both made with a sponsor’s ingredient: KeKe Key Lime Pie Liqueur. Both were delicious, and the margarita recipe took first prize in the margarita challenge! The Barmen made their cocktails in front […]

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