Friday, May 13, 2011

Rum, it's all the Rage. You're a Pirate, right?

I haven't talked much about rum lately.  I love rum.  It all started when I read the Master and Commander or Aubery-Maturin Series. Oh, whatever.  You read your Water for freaking Pachyderms-style lit porn (now a major motion picture starring the dude from Twilight and the chick from legally blond!) , and I'll read my high seas adventures about seamen.  It's really all the same.  It's literature with occasional dirty stuff!

Wiki says "The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels—20 completed and one unfinished—by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician, natural philosopher, and secret agent. "

What wiki fails to mention is a sailors' love of grog. 

As Zombie Slayers and Pirate lovers, (oh, how I'd love to love me a pirate)

you know about Grog, but for the rest of you, I'm a gonna have to drop some science on ya. Grog is the rum drink that pirates, and seamen  love oh, so much.

Here is a part of the article about drunk sailors "Until the grog ration was discontinued in 1970, Navy rum was 95.5 proof, or 47.75% alcohol"  I would have joined the freaking Navy for the rum alone.  Ok, the outfits are totally sassy too. 

Now that I have you hooked, here are some recipes-also from wiki.

"While many claim to make a traditional Navy grog recipe, there are only several accepted forms. The Royal Navy's grog recipe includes lemon juice, water, rum, and cinnamon. A commonly-found recipe in the Caribbean includes water, light rum, grapefruit juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and honey."

If you will note the citrus in both listed grog recipes you will go "OMG!  Grog is actually a scurvy preventive!!" 

Now, you may wonder how my love of Captain Aubrey caused me to also love rum, oh, and gain 30 pounds.  Well, when I read a book, I totally get into it.  You know, I want to experience what is going on in the book.  Like when I read the Lord of the Rings, I totally got into pints of ale, eating coneys, and eggs and bac.  Really.  My favorite parts of books are when they talk about food.

As a side note, the book "A Gathering of Witches" is written by a food editor.  The food parts in that book are OUTSTANDING!!

With the Aubrey-Maturin series, there were like 20 books.  Per book they drink roughly 20 barrels of rum. In modern times this equates to a shit ton of rum (20 barrel equal 40 liters.  Don't bother questioning this)

So to keep up with the series, I took it upon myself to drink a modern amount of rum.  It is possible that I have been drinking a whole ship's worth of rum a week or 10 gallons,  but really, once you get past 1 liter, you may as well make it 20.

1 comment:

Kate (KnitsInClass) said...

now wondering where we keep the rum...