The captain by the numbers

Happy birthday to the Captain

Jose Gasparilla might be the area's favorite pirate, but he's not the only big name in arrggh. Captain Morgan has a strong following among rum drinkers and a presence at most bars and worthy parties, in general.

The rum brand was named after Sir Henry Morgan, a 17th century Welsh buccaneer who plundered the Caribbean. Best estimates put his birth at 1635, which makes him 375 years old. Or thereabouts.

In honor of the milestone, Diageo, the maker of Captain Morgan, and Maxim magazine are throwing birthday parties on Saturday in Tampa, Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Philadelphia. Held on Armed Forces Day, the events will also pay homage to military captains nationwide.

"Captain Morgan has been part of everybody else's celebrations for so many years,'' said Greg Leonard, a Diageo spokesman. "After 375-ish years, it was time to celebrate him.''

Tampa was selected because of its loyalty to the Captain and pro-pirate culture. Captain Morgan has been a liquor sponsor of Gasparilla and has had a float in the parade for many years.

The party takes place at Jackson's Bistro on Harbour Island with appearances from the Captain, his Morganettes and Maxim models.

Knowing that Tampa can't resist any chance to party like a pirate, tbt* decided to scrounge up a few local drink recipes that call for Captain Morgan. Follow his advice: "Drink Responsibly — Captain's Orders.''

Pineapple-Coconut Martini

2 ounces Captain Morgan Parrot Bay coconut rum

1 ounce pineapple juice

Splash of grenadine

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a piece of rum-soaked pineapple. Source: Bahama Breeze, Tampa

Pacific Rim

1 1⁄2 ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

4 ounces fresh pineapple juice

1 ounce coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients and strain over ice. Serve in a Collins glass with an orange zest garnish.

Source: Fly Bar and Restaurant, Tampa

Lime Bite Mojito

1 1⁄4 ounces Captain Morgan Lime Bite rum

1 ounce simple syrup

3 or 4 mint leaves

Soda water

Muddle syrup and mint leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and rum and top off with soda. Garnish with mint leaves and lime.

Source: Jackson's Bistro, Tampa

Happy Camper

1 ounce Malibu Rum

1 ounce Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1 ounce sour mix

1 ounce pineapple juice

1 ounce orange juice

Splash of grenadine

Shake and pour into a tall glass of ice and serve with an orange, cherry and lemon garnish.

Source: The Venue, St. Petersburg

Henry's Punch

2 ounces Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

1⁄2 ounces fresh orange juice

1⁄4 ounce simple syrup

1 dash ground cinnamon

Shake with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass with fresh ice. Squeeze a lime wedge into the drink and drop it in.

Source: SideBern's, Tampa

Buccaneer Salute

2-3 fresh strawberries

1 1⁄2 ounces Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

3⁄4 ounce fresh lime juice

1⁄2 ounce simple syrup

Muddle strawberries in a shaker, then add remaining ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass or serve on the rocks. Garnish with a small strawberry or lime wheel.

Source: SideBern's, Tampa

Captain Motorboat

2 ounces Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1⁄2 ounce blackberry brandy

1⁄2 ounce banana liqueur

Splash each of lime juice, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice

Shake and strain over ice.

Source: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg

Happy 375th-ish, Captain!

Captain Morgan's birthday bash starts at 10 p.m. Saturday at Jackson's Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Cover is $9 for women, $12 for men. Bottle service and VIP is available by calling (813) 265-1234.

60 Estimated number of bottles sold in the United States annually in millions

70 Proof of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

1982

Year when Captain Morgan was introduced in the U.S.

1945 Year when Canada and Europe got it.

9 kinds of Captain Morgan rum, including the newest, Lime Bite, released in January.

Happy birthday to the Captain 05/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 5:49pm]

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