British Navy Rum Ration Hijinks

Stories about the British Navy’s daily rum ration inevitably include imagery of sailors lined up at the grog tub, emblazoned with “God Save the Queen” - or “King”, if you go back far enough. It suggests that sailors were anxiously awaiting their mix of rum and water (“grog”), eager to consume it straightaway. However, sailors... Continue Reading →

British Navy Rum Before Vernon’s Grog

The narrative most rum enthusiasts know about British navy rum usually starts around 1731, when the British Navy declared that (in certain parts of the globe) a daily ration of rum was to be issued to their sailors. Alternately, they might know that in 1740 Admiral Edward Vernon decreed that the sailors’ daily rum ration... Continue Reading →

British Navy Ron/Rhum/Rum?

The source of the rums in the British navy’s blend is a topic of much speculation and misunderstanding. I’ve already debunked one myth here. Historical records are clear that the navy’s rum blend changed substantially over the decades prior to 1970’s Black Tot day. However, one seemingly fundamental truism is that the admiralty purchased rum... Continue Reading →

Analog Fassionola Recipe

A quick post with my recipe for “Analog Fassionola”, an old-school tiki ingredient that’s shrouded in some mystery. Originally, I shared my take on fassionola in a series of tweets, so the photography isn’t what we’d call… professional. Nonetheless, they get the point across. There’s been a lot of interest in it, so here we... Continue Reading →

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