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The "RUMBOGGERY"

The Origin of This Drink

A great-aunt of mine actually invented this drink, some 30+ years back over the Christmas holidays. Because cranberry juice is red, she felt it fit in well with traditional holiday decorations and flavors.

However, it is a delicious and refreshing drink even on a summer day, and as an iced drink, it is better suited to the warm weather than winter, in my opinion.

The name she gave it, "Rumboggery," comes from the combination of rum and cranberries--acknowledging that cranberries are grown in bogs.

This great-aunt was a favorite of mine. Sadly, she lived 3,000 miles away in Massachusetts, so I only got to visit with her about 9 times during my growing up years, and once when my mother and I took my kids back east to meet that side of the family.

Aunt Eunice's mother was housebound and bedridden from the time I knew her, ("Great-Gram," to me--), and Eunice and her sisters were always thinking up off-the-wall things to keep Mother entertained. There was the famous Groundhog Day Party, at which all of the hor's d'ouvres were spoofs of fancy restaurant fare served in multiple courses.

Their "Eight-Course Dinner" menu was as follows:

  • The aperitif--a cordial glassful of kool-aid
  • The fish course--a single sardine laid across a soda cracker
  • The soup course--a tiny cup of bouillon broth
  • The salad course--a single leaf of lettuce with a single wedge of tomato
  • The main course--groundhog stew (actually beef stew)
  • The dessert course--a single scoop of lemon sherbet
  • The after-dinner beverage--coffee served in a demi-tasse cup
  • The grand finale--2 Junior Mints served with much flourish on a fancy paper doily

All of this fuss and bother for a party of 4: Eunice, her two sisters and their mother. (I don't actually recall from their story whether or not their brother (my grandfather) was present.) At any rate, Mama loved it, and it was the highlight of conversation for years afterwards.

Decor for the 'event' included silhouettes of groundhogs, clouds, and top hats. (Oh, did I forget to mention? Auntie was also quite the accomplished artist!)

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: Single drink; multiply as needed
Source

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces (1 shot) Light Rum
  • 8 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 5 - 6 ice cubes OR, 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • splash Club Soda
  • 1/2 Orange Slice, optional garnish
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries, optional garnish

Preparing the RUMBOGGERY

  1. Put ice in a tall highball or iced tea glass
  2. Add the shot of rum
  3. Fill nearly to top with cranberry juice
  4. Top off with a splash of club soda
  5. Stir briefly
  6. Add garnish if desired

An Untried Idea...

It has just occurred to me that this might do well as a blended "slushy" drink for hot summer days. In that case, I belive I'd suggest using frozen concentrate for the cranberry juice, and reducing the normal amount of water used by about half, to allow for the diluting effect of the crushed ice.

Be aware, I have not tried this at all....it is a brand-new idea that just came into my head. If there are any brave souls out there who wish to give it a try, please report back with the results.

© 2012 DzyMsLizzy

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Ooooh, cranberry juice and rum- this is an intriguing mixture! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, DzyMsLizzy!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Oh my Goodness! this looks absolutely delicious! seriously! this is going to be bookmarked, I love cranberry and I love rum even more! lol! voted up across the board! and what a great name, Rumboggery! lol!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

@ Simone--Thanks very much. This is one of my favorites for a hot evening.

@ Nell Rose--It is delicious; at least I think so. Thanks for the votes--let me know how you like it. My aunt was a very creative lady, always coming up with some unique idea or other; she was a lot of fun. I'll bet she's still busy organizing goofy games and parties on the other side.... ;-)


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Thanks for the beautiful story. I would love that 8-course dinner. Rumboggery is a clever name and I'm glad the drink is easy to prepare--just perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing and rated up.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, anglnwu,

I'm glad you enjoyed the funny story of the silly 8-course dinner. I only wish there were pictures of that! I do think "Rumboggery" is a very clever name--that was my Auntie--very creative and clever.

Thanks very much for stopping to comment and for the votes.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Ohhh, this sounds pretty stinkin' good! I'll have to try it out soon.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Thanks, kitty--enjoy! I'm going to have to make myself a real one this evening, and re-do the photos. Good excuse, right? ;-) I had to improvise at the time I wrote the recipe, as I didn't have all the ingredients actually on hand. LOL


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

This sounds yummy! I have to try this. Have a great weekend!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, Thelma Alberts,

Thank you so very much for stopping by and commenting. I do think this is a yummy concoction! I hope you enjoy the drink. You have a great weekend, too!


KIm Jolie 3 years ago

An easy recipe and a good drink. Also not costly. :)


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA Author

Hello, KImJolie,

Thanks much for stopping by. This is an easy and tasty drink, and you're right--not costly at all.

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