Today we remember Black Tot Day, the day in 1970 when the British Navy provided the last daily rum ration to sailors.
To celebrate, I made my own Navy Rum blend. This is generally accurate though the actual blend was a state secret and few on the planet know the actual recipe (which in any case changed over the years due to supply and demand). I made this out some rums I had in stock at home using rums from the traditional supply countries.
Ultimate Navy Rum Blend 2 oz Skipper Rum (45% ABV Guyana) 3 oz Wood’s Navy Rum (57% ABV Guyana) 4 oz Pussers Gunpowder Proof (54.5% ABV Guyana) 2 oz Denizen White (40% ABV – Trinidad and small Jamaican portion) 1 oz Real McCoy 5 (40% ABV – Barbados) .5 oz Pussers 15 year (40% ABV – Guyana) because it is a special occasion
If I’ve done my math correct this is just about 50% ABV, so just below typical “Navy Strength,” but still boozy. This is a complex and bold rum blend.
I’m sure we could have had some really cool celebrations today in person, but due to COVID it’s all online. Nonetheless, I’d like to thank and salute all my rum friends on Black Tot Day.
The Black Tot Toast There are tall ships, And there are small ships, And there are ships that sail the sea, But the best ships, are friendships, So here’s to you and me!
It is fashionable among rum nerds to naysay Myers’s but this White Jamaican rum ain’t bad for the price. Way better than the unaged Puerto Rican rums to me. Don’t get me wrong though, this is a mixer not a sipper.
This seems like one of the last countries you’d associate with rum, typically produced in the tropics. But I found this at a local, independent liquor store and gave it a try.
Not bad. This is an old bottle style, but is equivalent to the Khukri XXX that’s currently available. Tragically, no longer pot stilled, and only lightly aged. Feels like maybe some sugar added. Not the finest rum but plenty fine in a cocktail or even to sip with an ice cube. And definitely unique.
Traveled Sunday to SF and along the way we went over to Pier 39 to check out the new patio experience at the Luau Lounge. I’ve had some mixed experiences over the years at the Luau Lounge, but it is always good to see when businesses are trying to hang on and maybe even thrive in COVID times. Hence the Luau Lounge taking over the former stage space at the end of the pier.
The set up looks good, with tables spaced out well. The cocktail menu still includes a few tiki favorites, along with mainstream cocktails, beer, and wine that are necessary for a tourist restaurant. Food has been good here when we’ve visited before.
We didn’t stay for a drink or meal, though. We’re still a little hesitant about the outdoor dining with strangers, but mostly for us on Sunday at noon was lack of shade. I think there will be many times during the day where the sun won’t be too bad, but our timing wasn’t great.
If you’re in SF and hankering for some tiki, the Luau Lounge seems like a reasonable choice right now.
It is Aloha Friday and opening day for all Major League Baseball teams. To celebrate, I made this cocktail in honor of our home team San Francisco Giants, known colloquially as “the Orange and Black.” It’s a refreshing cocktail perfect for finally being able to relax on the weekend with a baseball game.
Orange and Black 1 oz Lime Juice 2½ oz Orange Juice (fresh-squeezed Valencia recommended) ¾ oz Coconut Creme ½ oz Blood Orange Cordial (Liber & Co.) ½ oz Light Rum (I used Cruzan) Shake with ice and pour into a tall glass Float with 1½ oz Black Rum (I used Dark Rum from local favorite Trader Vic’s)
My two hobbies collided today when I received a new bottle of rum, the Pusser’s Gunpowder Proof. I made a Gunpowder Grog (thanks Alex Fritch for the suggestion) and it’s delicious. Lime, Demerara syrup, and plenty of Pussers rum.
It is opening day for baseball, finally. So the cocktail is in a mug from a former Polynesian Heritage night at the ballpark. Along with a Johnny Cueto bobblehead.
I grew up in the 1970s, which meant that it was impossible to not be aware of the seminal 1970s game show, Match Game. It was one of my favorites back then, and remains a favorite today.
So, I decided to put together a Match Game themed game show for the tiki ohana community based in Oakland, the Oakhana. We met up on Zoom and everyone dressed up so fabulously. And everyone was well lubricated, a Match Game tradition.
Questions ranged from “dumb” things to put into a Mai Tai, the country that makes the best rum, tiki artists, naughty cocktails, and a few Oakland-specific questions. Plus two Audience Match rounds and two Super Match challenges.
There was a primary game and then a “second round” using some alternative questions with the same panelists but different contestants. Hope you enjoy.