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 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.