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Rum Drink Recipes to Satisfy Your Inner Pirate

Updated on August 15, 2012
Rum drinks and summer go perfect together.
Rum drinks and summer go perfect together. | Source
Pass me the grog ye scurvy dog!
Pass me the grog ye scurvy dog! | Source

Beloved beverage of pirates and beach-goers alike, rum is a versatile drink with a colorful past. No summer gathering is complete without at least a little rum!


Rum has its origins in the Caribbean where it was created as a by-product of processing sugar cane. Early rum was quite potent and did not have a pleasant flavor. Even so, the ready availability and relatively cheap price allowed rum to quickly become a staple on naval vessels as part of the crew’s rations. Of course, drunken sailors tend to trip over their own feet and get tangled up in the rigging so captains soon made a point of mixing the rum with water – a beverage commonly known as grog.

Basic Grog Recipe

The components of grog are fairly simple: rum, water, citrus flavoring (lemon, lime or orange) and sweetener (sugar or molasses). Traditionally grog calls for four parts water to one part rum. I suspect, however, that hardcore pirates would have considered this ratio to be rather weak. Today grog is generally served one of two ways: over ice or as a hot beverage. For a true pirate experience, you’ll want to drink it at room temperature.

Rum Today

Today rum is distilled around the world in a variety of types and styles. Some major rum-producing countries include the United States, Barbados, Canada and Australia. Light rum has been filtered to remove impurities and has a light taste. Dark rum is aged longer and has a fuller flavor. Spiced rum, as the name suggests, has spices like cinnamon, vanilla and cloves added to give the rum a rich taste. There are also flavored rums including coconut, pineapple, mango and cherry. Some famous rum drinkers include Blackbeard the Pirate (as well as pretty much every other pirate who caused mayhem around the Caribbean), George Washington, Ernest Hemingway, and even John F. Kennedy, who drank strawberry daiquiris on the night he was elected president.

Rum Cocktail Recipe - "Tie Me To The Mainmast"

Every year my girlfriends and I converge on Richmond Virginia for a weekend getaway. The signature drink of the weekend is a fruity rum cocktail that is perfect for summertime sipping. The recipe originally came from the neighbor of our hostess who called it “Tie Me to the Bedpost.” In my research I’ve come across a dozen drinks with that name, but none of them are concocted with the same recipe. Our hostess has since tweaked the ingredients and the proportions a bit which, in my opinion, has greatly improved the flavor. Given the copious quantities of rum involved I feel the drink is more appropriately titled, “Tie Me to the Mainmast,” however my girlfriends and I usually refer to it as “Tie-Me” for short. (Trust me, after you’ve had a glass or two the full name is just too long to say).

A freshly-poured glass of "Tie-Me" to celebrate my birthday!
A freshly-poured glass of "Tie-Me" to celebrate my birthday! | Source


  • 1 cup Light Rum
  • 1 cup Coconut Rum
  • 1 cup Amaretto
  • 1 cup Peach Schnapps
  • 2 cups Cranberry Juice
  • 2 cups Pineapple Juice

Mixing Instructions

  1. In a large (2 quart) pitcher combine the rum, coconut rum, amaretto and peach schnapps.
  2. Stir in the pineapple juice and the cranberry juice until well blended.
  3. Serve over ice.

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4.8 stars from 5 ratings of Tie Me To The Mainmast

Although this drink has enough alcohol to make even the most hardened pirate a bit tipsy, the flavor is surprisingly fruity and mild. Sip slowly for full enjoyment! If you choose to serve this beverage at your next pirate party, make sure there are plenty of designated deck-hands available to escort your guests safely home.


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    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds good for a hot summer night in Texas!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Thanks FlourishAnyway! This is a FABULOUS drink but do be careful - it hits hard and without warning! Let me know what you think!

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I love rum. Will be trying this one! I love that pirate history. Tripping over my feet already.

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Thanks vespawoolf! Rum is a versatile beverage and perfect on warm summer days. Hope you get to give this drink a try!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your rum cocktail sounds delish! I enjoy dark and spiced rum...also coconut rum with a little pineapple juice. I didn't realize grog was rum and water. Very interesting hub! Thank you.

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      shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

      Awesome hub. I'm thinking about picking up some Jamaican rum tomorrow.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Rum is good so these drinks must also be wonderful Thanks for sharing and I am bookmarking for when I get my next rum attack.

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Thanks dobo700! Hope you enjoy it!

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      dobo700 5 years ago from Australia

      Sounds delicious, can't wait to the weekend to try out

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I'll drink to that Jenn. :)

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Aw - sorry to hear about your rum-related acid reflux! That stinks! I'll do my best to pick up your slack. ;o)

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I love rum! The only drawback is I have acid reflux. But whenever I can get my hands on cakes or anything with rum, I try to grab it with much enthusiasm I forget I will be in pain.

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Thanks Simone! Glad you like it! It was a fun hub to write!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      OMG I totally love this Hub! The history you've provided is great (I am fond of rum BECAUSE of its history) and I didn't know that people still served drinks called 'grog' today. That's the best.

      Great recipe, great photos, great background, great Hub!

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      JustforWhat 5 years ago from USA

      This drink sounds like a fun night with a chance of regret!

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Thanks Nell! I hope you get a chance to try it. The drink is quite tasty but also very potent.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Ar' me hearties I sure love this yummy rum recipe! lol!