When it comes to food, Bermudians have some original flavours all their own. Seek out these items for an only-in-Bermuda foodie experience.
1 Gosling’s Rum
With a history stretching back to the early 19th century, Gosling’s Black Seal Rum is the key ingredient in Bermuda’s two signature cocktails, the Dark 'n Stormy® and the Rum Swizzle, and a key accent in Bermuda's famed fish chowder. You can find these and many other rum-centric recipes on the Gosling's website.
2 Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer
Bermuda’s soft drink of choice since 1874, Barritt’s is a zesty and refreshing beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with rum, vodka, beer or exotic liqueurs.
3 Outerbridge’s Original Sherry Peppers
The recipe for sherry peppers sauce originated centuries ago, but it wasn't until 1964 that someone thought to bottle and sell it. Outerbridge's Original Sherry Peppers is an island staple known for its role in Bermuda fish chowder, but it’s capable of adding flavour and fire to all kinds of grilled foods.
4 The Original Horton’s Bermuda Black Rum Cakes
Horton's legendary rum cakes are the ultimate Bermuda dessert. Linda Horton's recipe (secret, of course) has been imitated countless times, but never matched – the cakes are light, buttery, moist and delicious. They're available at the Bermuda Craft Market or online.
5 Tucker’s Farm Goat Cheese
Tucker’s Farm has quickly made a name for itself on the island thanks to its fresh and flavourful cheeses, including the spicy Full Hot variety made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and hot peppers.
6 Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams
The Bermuda Jam Factory's Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams (named for the island’s famous Gombey dancers) bring sweet heat to any recipe, whether it’s mouthwatering mini burgers, glazed salmon or just crackers and Cotswold cheddar.
7 Alex & Pete’s Bermuda Artisan Ice Cream
Since launching in 2014, Alex & Pete’s new line of handcrafted ice cream has been winning raves, thanks to its delicious Bermuda-inspired flavours. Pick from such enticing varieties as St. George’s Black Rum & Ginger, Riddell’s Bay Chocolate Ripple, Southampton Sea Salt Caramel or Rum Swizzle, made with Outerbridge’s Original Bermuda Rum Swizzle Mix.
8 Chiko’s Smokey Rub
Michiko Campbell, Sous-Chef de Cuisine at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, is the creator of a popular brand of seasoning called Chiko's Smokey Rub, which dials up the flavour of chicken, beef, pork and seafood, as well as a host of other meats.
9 Devil’s Isle Coffee
Coffee lovers should make a beeline to Devil’s Isle Coffee. The 100% Arabica beans are hand-roasted and expertly blended using a small-batch process that brings out their unique flavour profiles.
10 Sweet SAAK Bakery Cinnamon Rolls
The baked goods from Sweet SAAK’s Bakery are heavenly, and many are made from old family recipes handed down through the generations. The bakery's cinnamon rolls are a much-sought after item, especially when fresh out of the oven. For more Bermuda foodie insight, check out Sweet SAAK owner/baker Kamilah Cannonier’s blog dedicated to the island’s cuisine scene, BermudaFoodie.com.
11 Somers Amber Ale
As opposed to the longstanding tradition of rum-making on Bermuda, craft beer is a relatively new development. But it’s off to a great start at the famous Frog & Onion Pub, where its on-site brewery, Dockyard Brewing Co., has quickly earned the love of locals and visitors alike. Start with a pint of Dockyard's flagship ale, a crisp and refreshing Pilsner-style beer named for Bermuda’s founder, Sir George Somers.
12 Bermudian Fish Chowder Bites
If you know anything about Bermudian cuisine, you've probably tasted the island’s signature dish, fish chowder. But you might not realise that superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson has reimagined the soup as a tasty croquette at his restaurant, Marcus'. The fritters combine snapper, scallops, chorizo and spices that are ground up, formed into oblongs and then fried up crispy and brown. They're served with a rum-spiked aioli for an unusual, only-in-Bermuda treat.