Prep for a day of exploring of St. Croix’s burgeoning cocktail culture with breakfast at Polly’s at the Pier (3 Strand Street; 340-719-9434) in downtown Frederiksted for organic juices and homemade muffins. Then it’s on to a tour of the Cruzan Rum Distillery ($4 admission). The historic facility dates back to 1760, and the rum-making process hasn’t changed much since then. Next, venture into the rain forest to see how locals drink their rum: The longstanding Montpellier Domino Club (Rt. 76 and Mahogany Rd.; 340-713-9052) is known for its spicy-sweet rum concoction known as Mama Juana. Nibble on the island’s best ribs and johnnycakes while you’re there, but steer clear of tourists who come to feed a cold one to the beer-drinking pigs. Take a break from the bottle at the Whim Plantation ($8 admission), an eighteenth-century sugar plantation turned museum dedicated to exploring the everyday life of colonial society in the islands. End the night at Salud Bistro, where bartender Jesse Card, who came to the islands by way of Portland and the Lower East Side, mixes modern takes on classic tipples. Try the new-age gimlet with barrel-aged green tea Hendricks gin, lime, orange bitters, and demerara syrup ($8).
5. Oddball Day
Published on Feb 25, 2011 as a web exclusive.