RUM DIARIES

We’re over the Hamptons ratrace. That traffic on 27, the crowds at the American Hotel, who needs’em? This summer we discovered a haven out on Cape Cod, miles from the city. One of our favorite local hangouts is at Truro Vineyards, where South Hollow Spirits is making some rum that practically makes us forget about wine Rda_2418altogether. On a pretty green lawn bordered by grapevines, locals roll up to while away the afternoons drinking rosé and rum punch and chowing down on food from the Blackfish food truck, a low-key outpost of a nearby restaurant. There’s an excellent lobster roll, a crazy-good pickle-brined fried chicken sandwich, and a Kobe beef hot dog, plus farmer’s market specials that change on a weekly basis. The original house on the property dates back to 1813, and the surrounding buildings have a classic New England style about them, crisp and white and gorgeous against the green of summer.

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South Hollow’s Twenty Boat Rum, named after a rum-running ring that the local Twenty Harbor police pursued during Prohibition, is hand crafted in small batches and steeped with local flavor. Because their background is winemaking, after all, there’s a vintner’s touch to the process, from the use of Chardonnay soaked barrels for aging and the floral top notes that result from the final blending process. This stuff goes down real smooth, whether you’re mixing it into an America’s Cup cocktail or sipping it on the rocks around a bonfire at Cahoun Hollow beach. Come wintertime, you’ll love the Spiced Rum in a hot toddy or mulled cider, as the flavors of cardamom and cinnamon, along with a crush of black pepper, resonate on the tongue.

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Before Labor Day you should totally skip the jitney, rent a car, and head for the Cape. Let your pals throw elbows trying to grab a glass of rose at Wolffer. We’ll take Truro any day. Truro Vineyards, 11 Shore Road, North Truro, MA 02652