Monday, July 31, 2006

Black Tot Day














The crew of HMS Phoebe, receive the last of their rum rations.



"Most farewell messages try to tear-jerk
the tear
from the eye;
but I say to you lot,

very sad about the tot,
And thank you, good luck and goodbye."

-- Admiral of the Fleet,
Sir Michael "Dry Ginger" Le Fanu




This day in 1970 is known as Black Tot Day. On July 31, 1970 the Royal Navy discontinued the long-standing practice of providing daily rum rations for all of her sailors. Today it would be appropriate to drink a toast to all those sailors who now have to do without. To that end, I provide:

Navy Grog.

Navy Grog from Beachbum Berry's "Grog Log."
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz grapefruit juice
3/4 oz honey
1 oz light Puerto Rican rum
1 oz dark Jamaican rum
1 oz Demerara rum
1 oz chilled club soda

Heat honey until liquid, then mix with juices in blender. Stir in rums and soda. Pour into a double old-fashioned galss filled with crushed ice.

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