Saturday, September 10, 2011
Curtis opens his book with the statement "Rum is the history of America in a Glass". Rum was vital throughout the colonial days in America. Ben Franklin had a few sayings about being drunk, like "He's been to Barbados". Curtis als mentions bits of how rum was part of "Paul Revere's Ride", the pre-Castro Cuba, and the "Trademark wars", all of these are about rum. Saluting America with a toast the glass would have to contain grog, a "rum flip", or one of the curious mixtures rum, water,molasses, and nutmeg the pirates called "bombo". This is a really rough, nasty cocktail in it's original recipe, but with a bit of work in the "Rum Lab", I think that this could be an interesting modern cocktail with an American History lesson included for free.
Mr. Curtis's book is available from Amazon on line and a welcome adddition to any rum effecinado's collection. http://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Rum-History-World-Cocktails/dp/1400051673. ;o)