Sorry for the delay. It’s been a hellish week.
I was going to tell you all there is to know about rum this week. I was going to tell you all about the difference between light and dark rum, its origins and historical role in the British Navy, and give you a few simple cocktails that featured it. Like, maybe we would have made Dark n’ Stormies, or mojitos, or piña coladas or some shit like that. Because to be honest, there just wasn’t a single cocktail mentioned in Heart of Archness: Part III. But what I’ve learned over time, and also what you should take away from this little three act mini season, is that more often than not, it’s best to keep it loose, let the process be more organic, and just see where the day takes you.
As soon as I started to research rum, I found the perfect cocktail for this weeks mini season finale. Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you:
BUMBO (aka bombo, or bumboo)
- 2 ounces rum
- 1 ounce water
- 2 sugar cubes
- Sprinkle cinnamon
- Sprinkle nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and shake well to incorporate (the cinnamon and nutmeg will want separate and float to the top otherwise.) Pour into an old fashioned glass either straight up or on the rocks. (Ice doesn’t seem very pirate-y though.)
Bumbo was popular in the Caribbean during the era of piracy, largely because it tasted better than Royal Navy Grog. Pirates and short-haul merchantmen did not suffer from scurvy as often as British sailors, largely because their voyages were shorter and their diet included plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. This meant that citrus juice could be dropped from the grog recipe, and sugar and nutmeg sweetened the mix.
Definitely some kind of crab dish.