Category: Pirates
Funny, Pirates, Rule 5, Rum

It Be Once Again International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Cocktail Pirate Flag Animated
Pegu Pirate Flag created with ABFlags
Yarrr, Mateys! September 19th be here again, which means it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day™! And I'll be keelhauled fore I be missin' out on the festivities. A blogger's pirate's career be, almost by definition, a spotty one, wi' periods of inactivity due to laziness excessive interest by the British Navy (ptooie!), but I have yet to be missing an ITLAPD, and I'll be hornswoggled if this year be any different! Let's be swingin' into our reel with this fantastical video from Distort. These two swabbies' pirate schtick be a mite lubberly, but it shows promise. Per'aps I should have the crew give 'em the cosh and "invite" them to join our merry band.... What isn't lubberly is the fantastic tiny cannon they've constructed, nor the slo-motion footage they have of it trying to sink a pirate vessel. They could use a bit of help with the editing o' their introduction. Aside from the pirate material, it is a bit long, but don't let that barnacle bottom heave ye off from watching the whole thing. It be worth it! If that only whets yer appetite fer all things cannon this happy day, I'll gift ye two more links. The first be a down in the hold look at how to be makin' such a fine beauty of a brass cannon, though this one be a mite bigger, and with no pirate prattling at all, more's the pity. The second be the construction of a wee bit more Hollywood pirate-looking cannon, that alas doesn't actually fire. The maker does be meritin' big points fer his pirate robot though, arrr! abc
Funny, Pirates, Recipes, Rule 5, Rum

Avast! It Be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Mateys!

Avast, mateys! Shiver me timbers. It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day again already! And the 10th such sea battle to boot, arrrr! Yer mighty Cap'n, Black Dougal o' the good ship Pegu's Pride has just a mite o' piratical plunder on board here for ye this happy day. And beware if ye follow me Twitter feed, fer today all me usual political bluster, grog swilling, and noodity will be in our lovely pirate speak!
Belay that last! What manner of lubbery is this? There be no noodity in yer timeline... Or arrrrre ye holdin' out on me?
Heh. A pirate can lie a wee bit to spice up interest, can't he? Now quit harshing me pitch. abc

Arrr! It be Internatioanl Talk Like a Pirate Day Again, Mateys!

Ahoy there, me hearties! Since today is by way o' bein' September the 19th, the language around this here blog today is wee bit saltier than be usually the case. As in the salt o' the High Seas... and Adventure! Yarrr! September the 19th be International Drink Talk Like a Pirate Day, so be sure to be modifyin' yer language to sound like a scurvy dog in search of plunder til the Sun be well past the yardarm. It'll delight yer fellow swabbies who be in the know, and confuse the lubbers... that always makes 'em easier to plunder, ye know. If ye be wanting some tips on piratical speech, I be havin' a prior post on the subject, wi' videos and some discussion 'o getting your cocktail on, pirate talk style. And more to the point, I have many posts on how to mix yer refreshments for when ye sun sets in the west. May the sky be red fer ye! X marks the spot fer those treasures here, here, here, and sorta here. Finally, while I be tootin' me own hornpipe o' past piratical punditification, here be me own interview wi' the masters o' ITLAPD themselves, Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket. So, what manner o' new material have I fer this year's a lootin' and a pillagin'? Arrr, first off with the non-drinnkin' booty, I just want to be observin' that since the inception o' this wee little celebration o' almost everything real piratin' was not, the world has seen a resurgence o' real piracy upon the high seas. And while ye' haven't been by way o' hearin' about them as much lately, they've been expanding their range and even attacking naval vessels! Me own instincts be tellin' me that any solution that doesn't involve taskin' yardarms and keels will be by way o' ineffective.... But whatever we do, it be high time to rid the wolrd o' pirates who look like this: that we can be gettin' back to pirates who be lookin' more like this: Or (perhaps) better, this: And young Miss Swann is by way o' sailing us (tangentially) into the harbor o' my cocktail related material fer this year's festivitatin'. Ye see, me hearties, the word is out that Hollywood be plottin' a remake o' The Thin Man, with perhaps a bit more material from the original Dashiell Hammett book. This ol' pirate has his doubts about how well they'll manage things, as do many others.
Avast! What manner of trickery be this, ye scurvy knave! What possible connection to high-functioning alcoholics in the 1930's be piratin' havin'? Arrrr!
I'm glad ye' asked, me hearty. (Nice hat, by the way.) Because all the word on the street be that they intend The Thin Man to star this well-known pirate laddie:
Who? The elf?
NARRRR, ye bilge rat! Johnny Depp. People always said he played Jack Sparrow like Errol Flynn, but I kind saw Nick Charles in him from the beginning. One simply never knows whether or how drunk he is. And Depp be roguishly charming, that be sure. As an actor, I think he be a great pick fer the part. I just don't know how he'll look. Have any of you been seein' yon swashbuckler ever cleaned up like this? abc
Pirates, Recipes, Rum

Trader Vic’s Grog

I've written about Grog before, outlining Don the Beachcomber's contribution to the genre during the last International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th. Mark your calendars!). What I alluded to back then, I'll say flat out now: Grogs and Bumbos were the first Tiki drinks. Maybe that is why so many of us refer to the Tiki Elders, especially Don and Vic, as pirates. At any rate, here is Trader Vic's version of Grog. I used a single rum here, rather than following Tiki tradition and blending several, because it was late, I was tired after chopping fresh sugar cane swizzle sticks, and I wanted to give this new bottle of Appleton Estate 12 I bought a workout.
  • 2 parts Appleton Estate 12 year old rum
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part passion fruit syrup
  • 1 part fresh (unsweetened) pineapple juice
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with plenty of crushed or small ice. Shake to combine and pour, ice and all, into a battered mug or favored Tiki drinking vessel. Garnish with a fresh stick of sugar cane and a sprig of gently rubbed mint.
Recipe found in Trader Vic's Tiki Party!abc