MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)
15 men on a dead man’s chest, yo ho ho and a hogshead of rum! Arrrghhh maties! I’m feelin’ like sharin’ some pictures from a party I had years ago. I built a pirate ship, we had a treasure hunt and they blinded folded me and made me walk the plank! My name was Bloody Bess!!!
What Did Pirates Drink?
Below are some of the most popular drinks that Pirates were known to make part of their daily nurishment.
Bumboo: (also known as Bombo or Bumbo) Bumbo is a drink made from rum, water, sugar and nutmeg. Cinnamon is sometimes substituted for or added to the nutmeg. Modern Bumbo is often made with dark rum, citrus juice, Grenadine, and nutmeg.
Grog: (water and run mixed together) The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon on 21 August 1740. Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste.
Glögg(scandinavian, early medieval origin) is the term for mulled wine in the Nordic countries and Estonia (sometimes misspelled as glog or glug); in (Swedish and Icelandic: Glögg, Norwegian and Danish: Gløgg, Finnish and Estonian: Glögi). Glögg may also be prepared without alcohol. Bottles of ready-made glögg extract are often purchased, containing fruit extract and spices, and mixed into wine and then heated.
Sangaree: (is now known as sangria) Sangaree is a type of mixed drink common in the West Indies and usually featuring wine or fortified wine and spices, similar to sangria.
GREAT NAMES FOR PIRATE PARTY DRINKS MATTIES! Artillery,Aruba Rum Punch Recipe,Aye’ are So Drunk, Bag Of Filth,Bahama Mama,Bahamas Barbados Planter’s Punch,Bastardo, Battering Ram,Bermuda Triangle, Berry Me In The Sand,Blackbeard,Black Devil Shooter,Blindside,Bloody Hurricane,Calypso Cooler,Cast Away,Caribbean Smuggler,Coconut Grove, Devil’s Poison,Fog Cutter,Fuzzy Pirate,Pirate’s Tea,Pissing Parrot,Salty Dog,Skull,Walk the Plank,Crow’s Nest 2,Pelican
HERE ARE RECIPES FOR THE ABOVE DRINKS: http://www.gone-ta-ott.com/pirate_party_drink_recipes.html
Alcohol was both a GodSend and Devil’s Torment on board Naval and Pirate vessels. Thanks to Captain Billy Bones in the book Treasure Island, the alcoholic beverage most associated with pirates is rum. Of course, rum has a long association with the British and American navies because both navies had liquor rations and that liquor was usually rum. Rum is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented molasses. At one time it was all the rage in the Colonies as well as Caribbean because of its inexpensive means of production.
Because water had a tendency to go bad onboard ships, due to bacterial growth, rum or other spirits was sometimes added to kill the taste. A dram (a small amount) of rum was often added to a sailor’s water ration to kill the taste of the rancid water. This was called grog. This also explained coffee and Tea. Of course this was not just something that happened aboard ship. It also happened anywhere water tasted bad.
Rum would often be the downfall of many pirate crews. Unlike military and merchant ships where some kind of authority measured out the rum being consumed, a democratically run pirate ship, with its weakened code of discipline, sometimes led to a complete disregard for sobriety. There are several accounts of pirate ships easily being boarded because the ship was too drunk to fight One of the best known examples was the capture of Anne Bonney, Mary Reed, and Calico Jack Rackham. Even Bartholomew Roberts, the tea totaling pirate was unable to stop his crew from drinking.
Besides rum, ale was sometimes available on ship but ale, like water would turn bad after a period of time. Of course the bad tasting water could still be drank. The bad ale could not.
Port wine was often available to officers as a substitute for or in addition to a rum ration. Port first became popular among the English when they went to war with France, and could obtain French wines. Unlike normal wine port it is fortified by adding grape brandy during the fermentation process. This makes it more stable during temperature changes and allows it to last longer during sea travel.
It should be noted that Royal Navy Rum was a high quality rum and remained so until it was no longer issued as a ration in the British Navy.
On a side note, whereas the Royal Navy had rum the Her Majesty’s Army had gin. Legend has it, the Army in India had a problem with malaria and the cure for the disease, quinine tasted really bad. To get the soldiers to take their medicine, it was mixed with the liquor ration. Thus gin & tonic was born.
It should also be noted that within the U.S. Navy, while it lasted (until 1854), the liquor ration was just as often bourbon or other whiskeys as it was rum. The amount of alcohol was determined by Congress and then left in the hand of the ship’s captain.
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!