Sitting in a dimly lit restaurant with good company, enjoying good conversation and mouthwatering food and drinks — it’s a colossal treat. A joy, even. To say that we don’t get out enough is the understatement of the century — so when I was asked to go out for a nice dinner and sample drinks with Malibu Island Spiced Rum, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I mean, seriously, who am I to say no to a nice night out?
So I stuck the diffuser on my hair dryer and fancied up my hair. Then I tossed on a favorite dress and pretty sandals and away we went to The Hook, a local restaurant that I’ve heard great things about.
The Hook has rustic exposed brick walls, a hoppin’ bar area and a separate dining area set in the back. We settled in and checked out the menus and specials.
When our server arrived, I asked immediately about Malibu Island Spiced and then ordered a Malibu Spiced and Diet Cola. I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into ordering it. I haven’t had a rum and cola in years, and have never had one with a rum like Malibu Spiced, but I was excited to try it.
Have you heard of the new Malibu Island Spiced Rum? It’s a bold Caribbean rum with coconut, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. But perhaps best of all, it’s lower in calories — with just 70 calories per serving.
So the drink … my husband laughed as I paused to photograph it before taking a big sip. But what’s a blogging girl to do? Once I finally did take a sip, I discovered that the coconut flavor of the rum was an amazing complement to the diet cola. The layers of flavor in the drink were refreshing and even a little exciting — especially since it was so different. Moreover, it didn’t taste like something low in calories — it was positively decadent.
My Malibu Spiced and Diet Cola paired perfectly with the light and satisfying dinner I had. We started with The Hook’s fabulous crusty bread with kalamata olives, cheese and roasted garlic. Then came the fresh salad dressed with a just-right vinaigrette. For dinner, I chose the chicken special, Pollo Aregosta. Sauteed chicken, lobster meat, roasted red peppers, red onions and capers swam in a light garlic white wine sauce. It was amazing.
And, of course, it was great with my husband’s big New York Strip Steak too. But doesn’t everything go with a good steak?
Thanks so much to Malibu for encouraging us to get out on the town — and for introducing us to this fab new drink. Yes, we’ll be having it again.
Disclosure: I was compensated for our night out and for writing this post by Malibu via BlogHer. All opinions are my own.
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MALIBU ® Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur & Natural Spices, with Truvia® Sweetener. 30% Alc./Vol. (60 Proof) ©2013 Imported by Pernod Ricard USA, Purchase, NY
Truvia® and the Truvia® logo are registered trademarks of the Truvia Company LLC.
PER 1.5 FL. OZ. SERVING. AVERAGE ANALYSIS: CALORIES 70; CARBOHYDRATES less than 1 gram; PROTEIN 0 grams; FAT 0 grams.
*when mixed with your favorite zero calorie mixer. Limes and other garnishes may add calories
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.