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I’ve only heard “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” used on two occasions. First, it’s the oft heard phrase growled on pirate ships by salty sea dogs and second it’s what my fourth wife said on our wedding night when she stumbled back in our hotel suite at five a.m. as I lay half asleep in bed. The U.S. Navy Third Fleet was on shore leave that weekend and I didn’t stand a chance.

But the truth is rum has been the beverage of choice in the New World for hundreds of years. Actually the verse “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” is originally attributed to the old shanty sea song “Dead Man’s Chest” from the Robert Louis Stevenson 1883 novel “Treasure Island”. If you are ever having a dinner party and you are in need of lively conversation, consider inviting me. I’m full of historical tidbits like that. And I’ll also bring the dip to your gathering.

Anyway, rum is a distilled beverage made from molasses. Premium distilled rum uses fresh mole asses to make the “Ron Viego” type of rum in the Caribbean.

Rum has always been a part of the culture in the West Indies. During pirate days on the high seas, the Royal Navy mixed water with rum to stretch the supplies and it was called “Grog” or “Bumbo” Again, I’m full of lively banter as a dinner guest at your next party.

Rum has long been associated with swashbucklers and wenches serving tankards of grog. Even the sirens of the deep, mermaids who are bad luck omens for men of the sea, have been known to hoist a bottle of rum in their quest to bring down seafarers to the ocean floor and a watery grave.

And today rum has found its way in to modern culture. Baba au Rhum is a traditional dried fruit cake soaked in rum and rum balls are a classic adornment to any holiday table. In addition, the popular drink called “The Rum Runner” reminds us all of the color and excitement of spirits and the deep blue sea.

Here are a couple of rum recipes for your pleasure mateys and check out the slideshow and video for insights in to the legacy of rum.

Rum Balls

2 ½ Cups Vanilla Wafers, Crushed

2 Tbs. Cocoa

1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar

1 ½ Cups Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

2 Tbs. Korn Syrup

1 Cup Pecans, Crushed

Sift the cocoa with 1 cup sugar. Stir in the spiced rum mixed with the syrup.

Add crushed vanilla wafers and nuts.

Mix thoroughly.

Shape mixture into walnut sized balls and dredge with remaining sugar.

Rum Runner

Two Cups Frozen Ice

1 Oz Pineapple Juice

1 Oz Orange Juice

1 Oz Blackberry Liqueur

1 Oz Banana Liqueur

1 Oz Light Rum

1 Oz Dark Rum

Splash Grenadine

1 Oz Bacardi 151 Rum

Orange Slice

Fill your blender with the ice

Add all of the liquid ingredients
Blend the contents until smooth
Pour into a tankard and garnish with an orange slice
Add the 151 floater!

Arg everybody.

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