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Rum Drink With Cranberry Juice: Delicious and Festive

Updated on September 16, 2017

The "Rumboggery"

Raise your glass and cheer
Raise your glass and cheer | Source

The Origin of This Drink

A grand-aunt of mine actually invented this drink, many 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.

Cranberries Growing

While growing, cranberries look pretty ho-hum.
While growing, cranberries look pretty ho-hum. | Source

It's at Harvest Time That Cranberry Bogs Look Spectacular!

To harvest the berries, the bogs are flooded, and the berries float to the top, where they can be easily gathered.
To harvest the berries, the bogs are flooded, and the berries float to the top, where they can be easily gathered. | Source

Hijinks and Grand Party Capers

This grand-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-Grand-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 hors d'oeuvres 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!)

There is no Cooking Required! Easy-to-Make Drink.

Yields: Multiply ingredients by number of servings desired


  • 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

Gather The Ingredients

The ingredients are simple
The ingredients are simple

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
  7. For larger quantities, mix in a large pitcher

Does This Sound Delicious To You?

5 stars from 3 ratings of Rumboggery

© 2012 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    Kim Jolie 4 years ago

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

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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!

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

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

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

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

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    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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    anglnwu 5 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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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ 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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    Nell Rose 5 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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    Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

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