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Rum Drink With Cranberry Juice | Delicous and Festive
Does This Sound Delicious To You?
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!)
- 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
- Put ice in a tall highball or iced tea glass
- Add the shot of rum
- Fill nearly to top with cranberry juice
- Top off with a splash of club soda
- Stir briefly
- 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 Liz Elias