International Talk Like A Pirate Day Drinks: Bumbo

International Talk Like A Pirate Day Drinks: Bumbo


Avast there, me hearties! Here be me last of three drinks for yer piratin’ party pleasure this International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This one be the most authentic pirate drink of them all, yarrrr!
Back when them blasted party-poopers in the British Navy were sufferin’ their way through the day with nothing but Grog to keep them from a realizin’ how much better we pirates were livin’, we pirates were a livin’ better’n them by drinkin’ Bumbo! Now, pirates ain’t be known much fer their rigorous spellin’ adherence, so ye’ll be findin’ this drink spelled all sorts o’ ways across the Spanish Main Internet, like Bumboo, Bombo, and most likely Bongofongo! Narrrr! Probably not be tellin’ the truth with that last one….
Bumbo was by way of bein’ Grog made all piratically tasty with the addition o’ whatever flavorings had been recently plundered along the way. When yer takin’ whatever ye be wantin’, whenever ye be wantin’ it, there always be plenty o’ flavorin’ to had.
To tell the truth, pirates may have gone overboard at times with how much they added to their Bumbo. Indeed, some bloggers have gone so far as to suggest that pirates were the first consumers of girly drinks! Some bloggers had best shut their hatches, or they’ll be a walkin’ the plank, me hearties! Yarrrrr!


  • 2 oz. Pusser’s Navy Rum
  • 1/2 oz. simple sugar
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 dash cinnamon
  • 1 dash nutmeg

Combine sugar, lime and rum in shaker with crushed ice. Shake to chill and dilute thoroughly. Strain in to a small mug or over-sized shot glass. Dash in spices and stir.

This recipe be touched up just a wee bit to make it easier on me less hearty hearties who only pirate on September 19th! If you want the true base Bumbo, like a bonny crew might be quaffin’ on the high seas while running like little girlies from pursuin’ a British frigate, omit the juice and instead o’ chillin’ the mix, just use an ounce o’ cold water to cut the rumbullion!
For a sea o’ other Drink Like a Pirate Day cocktails, set sail for me main ITLaPD post fer a treasure map! Arrrr!


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