Popular media would have you think that Caribbean pirates were singing “Yo-ho-ho” and drinking grog – but in truth, grog was favored by British Navy sailors, while the pirates themselves had Bombo.
Sailors and pirates both had to make do with the ingredients at hand, and in the Caribbean the spirit of choice was rum. Sailors added local citrus and sugar to their rations, while pirates went with sugar and readily-available spices.
Like pirates, Bombo isn’t picky. Choose any style of aged rum, add a spiced syrup, water it down a tad, and cover the whole drink in a blanket of nutmeg. Yarr!
Add the rum and syrup to a short glass and stir to mix. Add a little water – we like to use about half as much water as rum. Fill the glass with ice, stir again, and grate the nutmeg over the top of the glass.
- Bombo cocktail recipe at Roberts & June