Grog, bumbo & other Pirate(ish) Drinks

Shortly before TLAPD 2005, a couple o’ fans, Cap’n Keelhaul and Cap’n Eyegouger (real names omitted to protect the guilty, since one of ’em signs ‘er emails “government communications manager”), noticed that this site was missing an important element toward enhancing pirattitude: Pirate drink recipes.

So they offered t’research the matter themselves. And subsequently reported:

“Arrr! We’ve not be tardy …. for sure it was a hard job cap’n but we’ve found and tested the best pirate drinks ever poured. Some of our ship mates are but burly bait now … we lost ’em on the way but if ye have guts that can take maggoty tack gone green and good sea legs and can focus yer one good eye on the bar … haul in the supplies, make room in the focsle and blend ’em up in five gallon jars. Garn get ’em into ye.

So here ye be: Dozens o’ drinks, tested by pirates. Some traditional, some modern, all guaranteed t’put the wind in yer mainsails, the fire in yer eye and the cirrhosis in yer liver. Play safe.

Drinks with booze

A couple of quaffs invented by “Bloodstain” Bartholomew Jones, Captain of the Red Death:

Cap’n Barbossa:
8-12oz Green Apple Soda (Jones soda preferred)
1 shot of Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Lime peel
Cinnamon stick
Mix Green Apple Soda and Rum in a tall glass, garnish with cinnamon and lime peel. If cinnamon stick is not an option, add a small pinch of cinnamon to the drink

Famous ‘Ol Spiced:
1 1/2 oz Hot Damn! Cinnamon Schnapps
1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Tablespoon lemon juice
Tablespoon brown sugar
2 oz hot water
Mix lemon juice and brown sugar into hot water, add Captain and Hot Damn. A cinnamon stick may be added for garnish. Stir well.

A tasty drink devised by a Jt, mate o’ Mad Martha, younger sister to the Webwench:

The Pirate’s Kiss

Jigger and a half of British Navy Rum
Jigger of Rose’s Lime
Teeny tiny drop of Angostura Bitters
5 oz Schweppes Tonic
Two Ice Cubes
Put it all in a tumbler big enough to hold everything. Suck it up – it’ll put a pucker on yer face, ready fer the kissin’!

American Grog
A Staple For Every Privateer
1 measure dark rum
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves
lemon juice
stick of cinnamon
Serve in mug. Top with hot water.

Navy Grog
1/2 oz Bacardi® light rum
1/2 oz Bacardi® gold rum
1/2 oz Bacardi® dark rum
1/2 oz Grand Marnier® orange liqueur
1 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz pineapple juice
Pour liquors into an ice-filled collins glass. Add juices, shake, and garnish with an orange wedge and pineapple chunk.

Admiralty Cocktail
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Brandy
0.5 oz. Vermouth
1 oz. Gin
Shake and strain into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.

2 oz Tequila
1 tsp Sugar Syrup
Orange Juice
1 slice Orange
Stir and serve in a collins glass over ice. Garnish with the slice of orange.

Ancient Mariner
Gran Marnier
Bacardi Gold Reserve
Mix equal parts over ice

Anchors Away!
1 oz white rum
1 oz spiced rum
1 oz coconut rum
3 oz pineapple juice
1/2 ripe banana
5 large, frozen strawberries
1 slice pineapple
Combine all ingredients together in a blender with ice. Blend on high until smooth, pour into a hurricane glass, and serve.

Aqua Del Fuego Recipe
1 Part Tabasco Sauce
1 Part Jose Cuervo Tequila
Pour as much as you dare into any glass and shoot. Have lots of water nearby =)

2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitters
In a mixing glass filled with ice, add the gin, sweet vermouth and bitters and stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Aruba Rum Punch Recipe
1 oz. Myer’s Rum
1 oz. Mount Gay Barbados Rum
1 oz. Bacardi White Rum
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz. Sour Mix
Splash of Grenadine
2 dashes of Bitters
Pour all ingredients over ice in a hurricane glass, and stir well. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange, and serve.

Aye’ Are So Drunk

2 oz. Apricot Brandy
2 oz. Pina Colada Mix
2 oz. Blueberry Schnapps
2 oz. Blackberry Liqueur
mix and drink

Aztec Gold
35 ml Gold Tequila
15 ml Creme de Bananes
15 ml Amaretto Almond Liqueur
15 ml Galliano
Ice a shaker and add ingredients. Shake vigourously for 12- 15 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim.

Bag Of Filth
30 ml Pernod
30 ml Tia Maria Coffee Liqueur
Crushed Ice
Fill glass with crushed ice. Pour pernod and Tia Maria into glass. Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker and give shaker a rapid 3 second shake. Pour contents back into glass.

Bahama Mama
1/4 oz Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Dark Rum
1/2 oz Coconut Liqueur
1/4 oz 151 Proof Rum
Juice of 1/2 Lemons
4 oz Pineapple Juice
Combine all ingredients and pour over cracked ice in a collins glass. Decorate with a strawberry or cherry and serve.

Bahamas Rum Punch
1 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Coconut Rum
Splash of Campari
Pineapple Juice
Orange Juice
Pour into a large glass and add equal parts orange and pineapple juice. Colour it red with Campari.

2 oz Sherry
3/4 oz fresh Orange Juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 slices Oranges
Mix all ingredients with the orange slices and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with flamed orange peel, and serve.

Barbados Cocktail

1 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Light Rum
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
Fill a Mixing Glass half full with ice cubes. Pour ingredients into Mixing Glass and stir well. Strain drink into a Cocktail glass.

Barbados Planter’s Punch
3 oz. Gold Rum
1 oz. Lime Juice (Fresh)
1/2 tsp. Superfine Sugar
Dash of Orange Bitters
Fill with Sparkling Water
Shake with cracked ice and pour into a chilled collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, a slice of banana, a maraschino cherry and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Barbados Punch
1 oz. Spiced Rum
1/4 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lime Juice
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
Blend with 1 cup of ice until smooth and pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a lime slice and a pineapple wedge

Barbary Coast
1 oz. Rum
0.75 oz. Creme de Cacao
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Scotch
Combine over ice, shake, serve in highball glass.

3 1/2 oz Scotch Whisky
1/2 oz Drambuie
1 oz Passion-fruit Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

1 oz. Dry Vermouth
2 dashes Bitters
1/2 oz. Brandy
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
1 Lemon Slice
Pour dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, brandy and bittersover rocks in old-fashioned glass. Add soda andgarnish with lemon slice.

Bat Bite

Ice cubes
2 shots Spiced rum
Fill with Cranberry juice
1 splash Grenadine
Pour over ice. Stir.

Battering Ram
¾ shot dark rum
¾ shot light rum
½ shot Wild Turkey
orange juice
pour shots over ice and fill highball glass with OJ

Bay Breeze
3 parts Stolichnaya Vodka
1 part Cranberry Juice
1 part Pineapple Juice
First, add cubed ice, then add the three parts stoli, then add the pineapple juice and last but not least, add the cranberry juice for color.

Belize Rum Punch
2 shots Light Rum
2 splashes Grenadine
1 shot Dark Rum
Top with Pineapple Juice
1 shot Orange Liqueur
1 shot Sweet and Sour Mix
1 shot Cream of Coconut
Fill tall glass with ice, add first 5 ingredients then top off with pineapple juice. Shake thoroughly. Add a dash or two of grenadine, stir gently and then listen to the sound of the warm Carribean breezes flowing through the palm trees.

Bermuda Rum Swizzle
8 oz Rum
Juice of 2 Lemon or limes
5 oz Pineapple juice
5 oz Orange juice
2 oz Grenadine or Bermuda Falernum
6 dashes Angostura bitters
crushed Ice
Fill a pitcher 1/3 full with crushed ice. Add all ingredients and stir or shake vigorously until a frothing head appears. Strain into sour glasses. Serves 6. Note: This is the original recipe from Gosling’s, the makers of Black Seal Rum. The recipe was copied from the back of their business card

Bermuda Triangle

1 1/2 oz Rum
2 oz Cranberry juice
2 oz Orange juice
Add ingredients over ice, stir gently and garnish with a fresh orange slice.

Berry Me In The Sand
1 oz. Orange Juice
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Vodka (Red Tassel Triple Berry)
Pour ingredients over ice in a small highball glass, and serve.

Big Old Girl
1.5 oz. Vodka
1.5 oz. Triple Sec
Fill a glass full of ice. Pour 1.5 oz of Vodka and 1.5 oz of Triple Sec over the ice. Add 3 oz of Tom Collins Drink Mix.

1 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 oz Root Beer Schnapps
Fill with Pepsi Cola
Mixing Instruction
Pour the Captain Morgan’s, and root beer schnapps over ice in a highball glass. Fill with Coke or Pepsi and serve

Black Devil Shooter
1/2 oz. Dark Rum
1/2 oz. Creme de Menthe
Layer in a shot glass.

Black Fog
1 shot Chambord
1 can Guinness Stout
Pour the Chambord in to a mug of Guinness. Swirl slightly to mix.

Black Jack
1 1/2 oz Scotch Whisky
1 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Shake all ingredients with cracked ice, strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes, and serve.

Black Magic
3/4 oz. Coffee Vodka
1 dash Lemon Juice
Twist of peel of Lemon
Combine coffee liqueur, vodka, and lemon juice in an old-fashioned glass over ice cubes. Add a twist of lemon peel, stir, and serve.

Black Orchid Shooter
0.5 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Bacardi Black Rum
0.5 oz. Cranberry juice
Shake and strain into a sour glass. Top with a splash of 7-Up.

Black Watch
1.5 oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1.5 oz Scotch Whisky
1 dash Soda Water
Pour all ingrediants into a shaker 2/3 full of ice. Stir well – strain into a highball glass.

Blaze Of Glory
1.5 oz. Dark Rum
0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
2 tsp. Brown Creme de Cacao
Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Strain drink into a Cocktail glass and serve.

2 oz Vodka
2 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Strawberry Syrup
In a large glass pour strawberry syrup, orange juice, and grapefruit juice, finally, add vodka.

Bloody Hell
4 1/2 oz Absolut Vodka
6 oz V8 Juice
3 dashes Hot Sauce From Hell
7 – 8 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 – 3 pinches Salt
2 – 3 pinches Peppers
Pour the vodka over plenty o’ ice cubes in a tall glass. Add the Worcestershire sauce and habanero sauce, and stir. (If you can’t find Hot Sauce From Hell, use 5 dashes of the hottest Habanero sauce you can find, or 8-10 dashes of Tabasco as a last resort.) Pour in the V8 juice (tomato juice has no body and does not mix well so don’t attempt to substitute it). Give one stir only. Cover the ice generously with salt and then with fresh, coursely ground black pepper (like so it sticks in your teeth and you gotta chew it).

Bloody Hurricane
1 oz. Tequila
1 can of 7-Up (Or Storm)
1/2 oz. Grenadine
Pour tequila into a collins glass 1/4 filled with ice cubes. Add 7-Up, and splash grenadine. Allow to chill for 10 seconds. Serve.

Calypso Cooler
1/2 oz spiced rum
1/2 oz peach schnapps
1/4 oz dark rum
2 oz orange juice
1 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz lime juice
2 oz lemon-lime soda
Pour the spiced rum, peach schnapps, dark rum, orange juice, grenadine and lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes, and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with an orange flag, and serve.

Cast Away
3 oz Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay coconut rum
2 oz orange juice
2 oz banana juice
2 oz strawberry mix
Pour the rum into a highball glass. Add juices, add crushed ice until full, and serve.

30 ml Bundaberg® dark rum
30 ml Kahlua® coffee liqueur
fill with Coca-Cola®
Ice first, then add Bundaberg Rum, Kahlua and fill with Coca Cola.

Caribbean Smuggler
3/4 oz dark rum
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz orange juice
1 oz margarita mix
1/2 oz simple syrup
3 oz lemon-lime soda
Pour the dark rum, triple sec, orange juice, margarita mix and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a hurricane glass almost filled with ice cubes. Top with lemon-lime soda, and stir briefly. Garnish with a lime wheel and an orange flag, and serve.

Coconut Grove
1 1/2 oz coconut rum
1 oz creme de bananes
1 oz white rum
4 oz pineapple juice
1 tsp lemon juice
Shake and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Garnish with slices of pineapple and lemon.

Dances with Wenches
2 oz Blackbeard’s® spiced rum
6 oz cranberry juice
Pour the Blackbeard’s spiced rum into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Fill with cranberry juice, and stir well. Garnish with a lime wedge, and serve.

Dark and Stormy
2 oz Gosling’s® Black Seal rum
8 oz ginger beer
Pour rum over ice, add ginger ale, and stir.

Devil’s Poison
1 oz. Jack Daniels
1 oz. 151 Bacardi Rum
Fill a shaker with ice, pour the Jack Daniels and 151 Bacardi Rum into shaker and shake. Strain into a shot glass.

2 oz Tequila
1/4 oz Creme de Cassis
1/2 oz fresh Lime Juice
Ginger Ale
1 Lime wedge
Pour casa noble reposado tequila, creme de cassis and fresh lime juice into a glass with ice. Fill with ginger ale, stir, and serve with a wedge of lime on top.

Eye of the Storm
7 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
10 oz Coca-Cola®
1 oz lime juice
Pour lime juice, captain morgan’s, and coca-cola into a large collins glass. Stir gently, and serve.

Fat Sailor
1 1/4 oz overproof rum
1 1/4 oz dark rum
3/4 oz white rum
1/4 oz Tia Maria® coffee liqueur
1 1/4 oz Rose’s® lime juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Shake well over crushed ice in a shaker. Strain into a large highball glass over crushed ice, and serve.

Fog Cutter
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz. Light Rum
3 Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Brandy
1 tsp. Sherry
1/2 oz. Gin
shake all ingredients except sherry, strain, collins glass over ice cubes, top with sherry

Fuzzy Pirate
3/4 oz. Peach Schnapps
3/4 oz. Captain Morgan
Dash of Orange Curacao
Splash of Orange juice
Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Habana Libre
3/4 oz aged rum
1 1/2 oz white rum
2 – 3 dashes grenadine syrup
1 lime wedge
Squeeze a lime wedge in a collins glass, and drop into the glass. Add grenadine and rums, fill with crushed ice, and stir well.

Hard Eight
1 1/2 oz Haitian dark rum
juice of 1/2 limes
2 dashes bitters
fill with ginger beer
Add rum, lime juice and bitters to an ice-filled collins glass. Fill with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and a lemon spiral.

Jewel Cocktail
1 dash Orange Bitters
1 Cherry
3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
3/4 oz. Gin
Stir all ingredients (except cherry) with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with the cherry and serve.

Maiden’s Blush
1 tsp. Grenadine
1/4 tsp. Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. Gin
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Man Overboard
1 oz Cognac
3/4 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Galliano
2 oz Pomegranate Juice
1 tsp Caster (confectioners’) Sugar
Dissolve sugar, shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Parrot Bay Breeze
1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay coconut rum
3 oz pineapple juice
2 oz cranberry juic
Combine ingredients in a highball glass over crushed ice. Stir well, and serve.

Parrot Bay Sunset
1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay coconut rum
4 oz orange juice
1 oz cranberry juice
Combine in a tall glass over ice, stir well, and serve.

Pirate’s Tea
1 1/2 – 2 oz spiced rum
orange juice
Pour spiced rum into an ice-filled mason jar. Add coca-cola to the ridge of the jar, and fill with orange juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge, and serve.

Pissing Parrot
1 oz Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay coconut rum
1 oz cranberry schnapps
6 oz 7-Up® soda
Pour Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay coconut rum and cranberry schnapps over ice in a beer pilsner. Add 7-up, and serve.

Rum Collins
1\2 oz. White Rum
Juice of 1 Lime
1 tsp. Powdered Sugar
Carbonated Water
Shake rum, juice of lime, and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a collins glass over ice cubes. Fill with carbonated water and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry.

Rum Runner Island Style
1 oz Myer’s® dark rum
1 oz Bacardi® light rum
1/2 oz blackberry brandy
1/4 oz banana liqueur
1 splash grenadine syrup
1 splash Rose’s® lime juice
Pour liquors into a blender with one and a half cups of ice, and mix until thick-consistency. Pour into a hurricane glass, add a cherry on top, and serve.

Salty Dog
4 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 1/2 oz. vodka
Build in a salt rimmed highball glass and fill with grapefruit juice.

Sex In A Tree
1 1/4 oz. Midori
1 oz. Banana Liqueur
1 oz. Malibu Rum
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Mix in a tall glass full of ice.

Sex with the Captain
1 1/2 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1 oz peach schnapps
fill with 1/2 cranberry juice
fill with 1/2 orange juice
Build drink in glass over ice. Garnish with a cherry.

1/3 shot Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/3 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3 shot Old Grandad Bourbon Whiskey
Mix ingredients and serve.

Tequila Bay Breeze
1 oz Tequila Rose® strawberry cream liqueur
1/2 oz Midori® melon liqueur
1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1/4 oz 151 proof rum
1 1/2 oz orange juice
1 1/2 oz pineapple juice
ice cubes. Blend.

Walk the Plank
1 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
1 oz Malibu® coconut rum
1 oz RedRum® rum
fill with 7-Up® soda
2 cherries
Pour rum over ice. Fill with 7-Up. Stir. Garnish with cherries.

White Pirate
1 1/4 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 1/4 oz. Kahlua
Half and Half or milk to fill
Shake over ice & pour into a highball glass


Angostura Cocktail
Ginger Ale
1 tsp. Angostura Bitters
Sitr well over ice in a highball glass.

Bora Bora
10 cl pineapple juice
6 cl passion-fruit juice
1 cl lemon juice
1 cl grenadine syrup
Prepare in a blender or shaker, serve in a highball glass on the rocks. Garnish with 1 slice of pineapple and one cherry.

Crow’s Nest 2
4 oz orange juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 whole egg
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into an old-fashioned glass almost filled with ice cubes, and serve.

Good Morning to You My Love
1/2 orange
1/2 lime
1/2 apple
1 dash orange juice
1 dash apple juice
1 dash whipping cream
Mix all ingredients in a mixer with ice. Serve in a small bowl garnished with strawberries or grapes and a straw

3 1/2 oz grapefruit juice
1/4 oz lime syrup
1 dash grenadine syrup
1 dash lemon juice
Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a large highball glass over ice cubes, and serve.

Runner’s Mark
4 oz V8® vegetable juice
2 drops Tabasco® sauce
2 drops lemon juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
Combine ingredients in an old-fashioned glass over ice. Stir, and garnish with celery or scallion.

Safe Scrumpy
2 oz lemon juice
1 whole egg
1 tsp superfine sugar
6 oz apple cider
Pour the lemon juice, egg and sugar into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into a highball glass half-filled with ice cubes. Top with apple cider, stir well, and serve.

Virgin Jamaica
2 oz orange juice,
2 oz apple juice,
Put orange and apple juices into a Collins glass half filled with ice. Fill the glass with lemonade and a splash of Grenadine. For garnish you can use a half orange slice and a cherry.


In 2007, we heard from Amanda, who pointed out a strange omission in our list:

Ok – so I’m enough of a geek to be doing research prior to my friend’s party. … I’m looking for a grog recipe and come across this article on grog on wikipedia that said: “The word *grog* may refer to a variety of alcoholic beverages The word originally referred to a drink made with water and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as Bumboo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.

I’ve checked a few other sites and see that Grog was associated more with the Navy, but that it was Bumbo or Bumboo that was far more common among Pirates. And you’ve got no recipe for it in your listing of drink recipes on the website so I present to you (entirely stolen from Wikipedia) a Bumbo recipe:


* 2 parts rum
* 1 parts water
* 2 sugar cubes
* Sprinkle cinnamon
* Sprinkle nutmeg

Mix together and garnish.

Aye, have a great talk like a pirate day!