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Ale Flip

Flips were a sailor drink from at least the 1600s, if not earlier. Beer, rum, egg, and sugar were poured into a cup, and a hot iron was dipped in and ‘flipped’ (stirred vigorously) about to mix and heat the drink. Makes: 4 Ingredients: 1 quart ale 2 shots rum 2 egg whites, 4 egg … Continue reading

Rum Cooler

More so then other drinks, Rum Coolers showed the true internationalism of the colonies. Rum from Jamaica, Brandy from France, and Whiskey from Britain. Often spiced with Indian cinnamon, and Indonesian nutmeg. Mixed in with locally grown apple juice. Ingredients from four continents in one glass! Makes: 2 Ingredients: 1/4 cup brandy (peach or pear … Continue reading

Hot Cider

Another drink popular around colonial times. For some reason, modern versions are inevitably just juice.. And while this is nice, a shot of rum really makes the drink. Makes: about 2 Ingredients: 2 cups apple cider/juice Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 sticks cinnamon 3-4 whole cloves pinch of nutmeg 1/4 cup brandy or rum Directions: … Continue reading


Wassailing is a old English tradition of when the peasants would go to show their appreciation for their vassal lords, perform some small song or skit for them, and receive blessings and often a small token gift. This, as the tradition aged, became more generalized, and groups would travel to neighbors and family and sing … Continue reading

Shrub (drink)

Shrub the drink is a tasty treat that can be served hot in the winter, cold in the summer, and the syrup can be stored for months. Makes: 2 Ingredients: 1/4 cup Shrub mix 1/2 cup dark rum 1 cup club soda (good) or ginger ale (better) Directions: Fill a goblet or highball 2/3rd full … Continue reading

Shrub (mix)

Shrub is both a fruit syrup added to many era beverages, as well as the drinks containing it. This is the recipe for the mix.. Makes ~12 Ingredients 4 qt fresh berries. Raspberries are traditional, but blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, and even apples can be used) vinegar (cider vinegar is best for this) sugar water or … Continue reading