A rum craft distillery has arrived in New Hampshire. Sea Hagg, owned by Heather Hughes and partner Ron Vars, became the only rum maker in the state when they opened last year. And Hughes has just won a award given to a handful of small businesses around the country under the auspices of SCORE, a division of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Sea Hagg’s flagship product is their Silver Rum; they now also make Amber, Peach, and Blueberry. The molasses used for the distillation comes from Louisiana, and the fruit used is local; the aging barrels are charred according to the company’s specs.
Sometimes, a cocktail can be a meal in itself – or a dessert in itself. Seaglass Restaurant’s Winter Whoopie Martini lets you have your cake and drink it too. The blend of crème-y liqueurs include mint and chocolate, a pairing that goes particularly well during the holiday season. And the drink has the ultimate garnish – a seasonal peppermint candy whoopie pie made by Chococoa Baking Company in Newburyport. (If you haven’t had one of these most awesome whoopie pies, check them out – note that Chococoa moved to The Tannery this past June.)
Wednesday, Nov. 7, was the official launch of Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast. As has become a tradition, there was a cocktail competition: Martignetti’s Bartender Cocktail Challenge, using Hendrick’s Gin.