The Rum Journals

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Ahoy Thar Mateys!

Simply put I LOVE Rum as do all scourging Pirates, yet I know nothing about this great Neptunian elixir. So I decided to start this blog and learn as I go, and take me crew along for the journey. So all aboard the Rum Ship as we sail through both dark and light Rummy waters both thick and thin. If you have any fascinating history, tips, recipes I’d love to hear about them and try them out.



Dr. Funk

Unlike most “Polynesian” Tiki drinks, which were really Caribbean in inspiration, the Dr. Funk was actually a genuine South Pacific invention, one which predated the Tiki era by some 30-40 years. Not only that, but it was named after and created by a real Dr. Funk as well. Bernhard Funk was a German ex-patriot living in Samoa. He was a popular physician, as well as a renowned mental health practitioner. And by “mental health practitioner”, I mean mixologist. Among his other claims to fame, Dr. Funk was the deathbed physician for Robert Louis Stevenson (of International Talk Like a Pirate Day Fame). The good Dr. Funk had passed away nearly twenty years before Don ever thought of Tiki.

There are alot of recipies - but here is one gleaned from a Palm Springs location of Don the Beackcomber - circa 1953:

3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. grenadine
1 tsp. absinthe
1 1/2 oz. light rum
1 oz. soda
Combine all in shaker, save the soda. Shake well, then add soda and stir. Pour unstrained into pilsner glass, and top with fresh ice.


Dr. Funk

I have had the pleasure of trying this drink! It is delightfully refreshing but has a serious kick! Lovely for a summer piratical gathering! Might be time for another...

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