In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
La Casa Del
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
One day we were walking
Guatemala, and stumbled upon La Casa Del Ron, or The House of Rum.
Over the years we
have traveled the world, we have taken an interest in the production of
distilled drinks such as
of course we love to follow the history of
chocolate. Mix a few
Conquistadors into the story and you have a colorful novel.
And don't forget the
Rum production was colonial
New England’s largest industry. The passing of the Sugar Act in 1764, also known
as the American Revenue Act, drastically disrupted the economy of many of the
This act, along with the
later Stamp Act, enraged some of the colonists and helped establish the “no
taxation without representation” that eventually became a rallying cry for the
But I digress.
The sign for La Casa Del
Casa del Ron is a relatively new addition to the Antigua bar
and restaurant scene. Stop by in the early afternoon to check it out and make
arrangements to have pre-dinner cocktails later in the evening.
The elegant main restaurant
lounge is very nicely appointed. There's a private bar on the lower level and an
outdoor courtyard smoking
Setting up the bar
From what we have heard, the service here is
excellent and the bartender shows interest in you as a customer at the same time allowing you space to enjoy
The main lounge
There is an excellent beverage menu featuring a number of rum-based cocktails,
1.5 ounce shots of rum for sipping and a food menu as well. We were told that
the Portobello Carpaccio cannot be missed and you must try the chocolate mousse
infused with Zacapa rum.
You can enjoy your cocktails
in the main lounge and your pre-dinner cigar in the cigar lounge outside.
Prices are comparable with Casa
Places for groups or
intimate seating is offered
Relaxing lounge music plays
in the evenings and one can just imagine the trendy people sipping their Zacapa
XO and having appetizers.
A menu of various rums by the shot glass
or bottle. Prices are in Quetzales
Ron Zacapa Centenario is a premium rum
produced in Guatemala. It was created in 1976 to celebrate the
hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Zacapa, a town in eastern Guatemala.
It is made using the concentrated first-pressing
of sugar cane juice — called "virgin
sugar cane honey" — and is aged and blended using the solera method
traditionally used for sherries.
Fernando, the tour guide
Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 used to be known as Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Años.
Its name changed due to the confusion it caused, as people thought it was a
23-year-old rum instead of a blend of rums between 6 and 23 years old.
The Botran family is commonly known for sugarcane production
in Guatemala. They are the first family that
produced Guatemalan rum, nowadays they continue producing one of the world’s
finest quality rums. Solera 1893 and Reserva high quality rums have won many
worldwide awards for their intricacy, depth and signature sweet flavor.
The downstairs cave
This downstairs room can be rented
at the price of 5 hours for
$100USD. This would be for your own private party and tastings. Order bottles of
rum and food from upstairs and discuss business or events of the day. Or perhaps
you would like to celebrate an anniversary or a special occasion.
Rum aging in white oak
When stored in stainless
steel tanks, rum will stay almost clear. When stored in oak casks such as the
ones above, rum will become very dark. The final
product will also commonly be filtered to adjust the color or, if the rum maker
wants a darker color, caramel will typically be added. Water may also be added
to adjust the strength of the rum.
Zacapa XO, one of La Casa Del Ron's best
Zacapa, the city in Guatemala, is known for their cigars and cheese.
Rum can be sipped alone, over ice, or in a
mixed drink. Pair rum with dark chocolate, nuts, almonds,
dried fruit, red meat, strong sauces, mature cheese, ham or a good cigar.
The next time you are in Antigua, treat
yourself and stop by La Casa Del Ron and savor one of Guatemala's contributions
to the world.
La Casa Del Ron Boutique Bar & Lounge
4ª Calle Oriente #22, Antigua, Guatemala
03001 Tele: 502. 7832. 4477 Home delivery
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Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.