RUM – A Global History

Welcome to all those interested in the lore of Rum – a beverage with a secret and fascinating history! Rum has been a beverage, a currency and an element of ritual, a symbol of debauchery among Temperance crusaders and of healthy moderation in the British Navy.

Do you love rum? if you do here is a book for you - RUM – A Global History – by Richard Foss who also has a website called – which expands on the information and ideas that are in the book but for various reason were not included in it – plus as he says - provide a place to stretch out and discuss the more controversial aspects of rum history.

I got a preview of the book and i must say it really is interesting reading and a thorough work on all aspects of rum and rum history.

Here`s the book description:

The enjoyment of rum spread far beyond the scallywags of the Caribbean—Charles Dickens savored it in punch, Thomas Jefferson mixed it into omelets, Queen Victoria sipped it in navy grog, and the Kamehameha Kings of Hawaii drank it straight up.

In Rum, Richard Foss tells the colorful, secret history of a spirit that not only helped spark the American Revolution but was even used as currency in Australia. This book chronicles the five-hundred-year evolution of rum from a raw spirit concocted for slaves to a beverage savored by connoisseurs.

Charting the drink’s history, Foss shows how rum left its mark on religious rituals—it remains a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers—and became part of popular songs and other cultural landmarks.

He also includes recipes for sweet and savory rum dishes and obscure drinks, as well as illustrations of rum memorabilia from its earliest days to the tiki craze of the 1950s. Fast-paced and well written, Rum will delight any fan of Mojitos and Mai Tais.

The book goes quite deeply into what rum is and it´s colorful and interesting history which is as colorful as you can wish with everything from rum smuggling and the triangle trade to rum runners and tik bars.

I have picked one drink from the book to mix up too – it´s a famous colonial rum punch dating back to the 1780s.

Martha Washington’s Rum Punch

  • 3 oz. white rum
  • 3 oz. dark rum
  • 3 oz. orange curacao
  • 4 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 3 lemons, quartered
  • 1 orange, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (broken)
  • 6 cloves
  • 12 oz. boiling water

In a container, mash the orange and lemon pieces, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg. Add the syrup, lemon and orange juice. Pour the boiling water over the mixture.

Let cool for several minutes before added the white rum, dark rum, and orange curacao. Strain well into a pitcher or punch bowl, and serve over ice in goblets.

Decorate with wheels of lemon and orange, and dust with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Tasty, relaxing and refreshing! The book RUM – A Global History can be purchased here.


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In case you already didn´t know..Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is soon having his new book BeachBum Berry Remixed released!

Remember Grog Log and Intoxica? well now these two ground-breaking books on forgotten tiki drinks are revised and updated with expanded drink history and lore, incorporating newly discovered information about the origins of the Mai Tai, Zombie, Suffering bastard, and other legendary Tiki mysteries.

And that`s not all my friends, he is also giving us 22 new original Tiki drink recipes made by himself plus 40 newly discovered, previously unpublished vintage Tiki drink recipes from the 1930s-1960s. Well if that ain´t a real treasure chest for us to dig into then i don´t know the meaning of that word.

Beachbum Berry Remixed, is a completely revised and updated anthology of the Grog Log and Intoxica!

And there is more – what about: 38 of the best new recipes from today’s Tiki revival, gathered especially for Remixed from the world’s top mixologists and cocktail writers? – now i`m thirsty..and there´s also gonna be full-color vintage Tiki illustrations and original drink photography as well as a thoroughly updated drink ingredient glossary with new product recommendations. Can it get better?

So there you have it! all we now need to do is just wait for this wonderful book to be available for purchase which is going to happen in November 2009 from Club Tiki Press,an imprint of SLG Publishing and you can also pre-order from


And here`s what the Bum has to say:

It’s coming out in late November. It’s a compendium of the Grog Log and Intoxica!,completely revised, updated, and expanded, with 107 new recipes — some are new contemporary exotic drinks from around the world, while others are newly discovered vintage exotic recipes.

The title is Beachbum Berry Remixed.  It will be in full color, with lots of new and vintage drink photos.  It’s been 10 years since the Log, and so much has happened since then — including the cocktail renaissance and the cocktail blogosphere — that the books were sorely in need of a makeover!

Much of this new info has to do with the tangled history of the Mai Tai.  In the same way that Sippin’ Safari devoted a whole chapter to the Zombie, Remixed spends 5 pages sorting out the various claims of authorship by Trader Vic, Don The Beachcomber, and Harry Owens.



Isn´t this great news folks? i know most of you tikifolks as well as myself have known this for a while but hey, this is such a great book that i happily blow the horn;-)

And let`s face it – The Bums books are priceless – and to the Bum i just wanna say – mahalo..