A Delicious and Festive Rum Drink With Cranberry Juice
Does This Sound Delicious To You?
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.
For the drink:
- 1.5 ounces (1 shot) light rum
- 8 ounces cranberry juice
- 5 to 6 ice cubes OR 1/2 cup crushed ice
- splash club soda
- 1/2 orange slice
- 2 maraschino cherries
- 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.
- For larger quantities, mix in a large pitcher.
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 nine 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:
- Aperitif: Cordial glassful of kool-aid
- Fish course: A single sardine laid across a soda cracker
- Soup course: A tiny cup of bouillon broth
- Salad course: A single leaf of lettuce with a single wedge of tomato
- Main course: Groundhog stew (actually beef stew)
- Dessert course: A single scoop of lemon sherbet
- After-dinner beverage: Coffee served in a demitasse cup
- Grand finale: Two Junior Mints served with much flourish on a fancy paper doily
All of this fuss and bother for a party of four: 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!)
© 2012 Liz Elias