We had the pleasure of escorting some of my college friends to the Soggy Dollar Bar recently. Laura and Walter were in the Virgin Islands for her brother’s wedding on nearby St. John. (Laura and I are sorority sisters…you may remember Laura and her sparkly jacket from the NYC girls weekend!)
It was a big group – Laura + Walter, her sister Caroline + husband Brian, their parents Beverly + Arthur, and then us! We all met up at Soper’s Hole, hopped on the iSpeed, and headed for Jost van Dyke.
With the boat securely anchored in White Bay, we jumped in and posed for a quick photo, before swimming to shore. (Thanks to our hostess, Manya for taking the photo!)
Our first stop? Surprise, surprise… Soggy Dollar Bar. When we were there a few days earlier (with just Laura + Walter), Walter had pre-purchased a few drinks for the rest of the family. This is one of my favorite traditions here: The “pay it forward” painkiller! You may wonder how they keep track of such purchases… Big posters with permanent marker! Here’s Walter’s order: four painkillers!
And here’s the bartender topping off the famous concoction with freshly ground nutmeg:
One Love is known for its fresh lobster and when it comes to imbibing (White Bay’s most popular pastime), their Bushwackers are the best. But there is a new drink in town!!! THE WALT! Walter invented the cocktail on the spot, with the help of the bartender. The drink was so tasty, so refreshing, so awesomely good, it made the menu. Check it out, right there halfway down the menu, in purple Sharpie: The Walt.
Now, if you want to know what makes up The Walt, you’ll have to ask him. All I remember is mango rum! Maybe it will have the same lore as the Soggy Dollar painkiller one day… So, let’s just say the recipe is a secret for now.