Drink Like a Pirate!
Monday, Sept. 19th was ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day.’ We are continuing the celebration with some tips on how to drink like a pirate. With Rum, of course!
Also get your pirate lingo lesson and test your knowledge below.
Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. His ship was Queen Anne’s Revenge and from 1717 to 1718 he became a renowned pirate. His cognomen, Blackbeard, was derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies. Source
1 oz – Orange juice
0.5 oz – Falernum
2 oz – Monin sweet and sour
0.5 oz – BOLS apricot brandy
2 dashes – Bitter Truth angostura bitters
1.5 oz – Light BACARDI rum
0.5 oz – BACARDI OakHeart rum
Mix in cocktail shaker with a glass-full of crushed ice. Then pour everything back into glass.
Captain Jack Sparrow with Kraken dark rum
In the context of the films, Sparrow is one of the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous, but survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than weapons or force, preferring to flee most dangerous situations and fight only when necessary. Sparrow is introduced seeking to regain his ship, the Black Pearl, from his mutinous first mate, Hector Barbossa, and attempts to escape his blood debt to the legendary Davy Jones while battling the East India Trading Company. Source
2 oz – Patron tequila
1 oz – Kraken dark rum
3 oz – Limeade
1 splash – Maraschino cherry juice
1/2 oz – 99 Oranges orange schnapps
2 – Maraschino cherries
Drop the cherries and some ice into a highball glass. Pour the tequila, Captain Morgan dark rum, limeade and orange schnapps into the glass. Add a splash of maraschino cherry juice on top, and serve.
Drunken Parrot with Captain Morgan’s rums
Pirates would sometimes capture parrots or monkeys due to the price they fetched back home. During that time period, tropical animals were much more novel and unique than they are today. It isn’t generally believed that many pirates actually kept them as pets though. This image most likely began with the book ‘Treasure Island’. In the book, the ever famous Long John Silver carried a parrot as a pet. If anything, they would have been more likely to become fresh meat on a more difficult voyage. Source
2 oz – Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum
2 oz – Captain Morgan® Parrot Bay Coconut Rum
1 oz – Captain Morgan® Original Spiced Rum
10 to 20 oz – Orange-pineapple Juice
Powdered Sugar to Taste
Vanilla Extract to Taste
Blending Instructions: Fill blender 2/3 full of ice. Add all other ingredients. Blend to smoothie consistency. Pour into a highball glasses, and garnish at will.
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Pirate Lingo and Trivia
Lingo – the basics:
Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew. There are several other sites that offer glossaries that are pretty good, and you can find some of them on our links page.
But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a “pirate patina,” if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that’s your thing.
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!
1. What was Blackbeard’s real name?
Edward Teach. Maynard is the officer who killed Blackbeard
2. All pirate flags are black and white. True or False?
False. One flag that was all red meant death to all that saw it and that the pirates would show no mercy in the battle.
3. Were there female pirates?
Yes. Women could only be pirates if they dressed, fought, and swore like men. It is thought that many who managed that are unknown because they were disguised so well.
4. Pirates had to make port sometimes and they had havens where it was safe for a pirate to go without being arrested. What was the biggest pirate haven during the golden age of piracy until an earthquake destroyed it?
Port Royal, Jamaica. Port Royal was described as “the wickedest city on earth”. It was destroyed in 1692 when an earthquake hit, but was swiftly rebuilt. This time it had a stronger governor and a naval influence, this ensured that the pirates would not return. Instead they moved to places like Nassau, Tortuga and Charlestown.