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A Delicious and Festive Rum Drink With Cranberry Juice


Liz enjoys family recipies and cooking shortcuts. She is a capable cook, but it is not a passion for her, so simple meals appeal to her.

Raise your glass and cheer for the "rumboggery"

Raise your glass and cheer for the "rumboggery"

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.

The ingredients are simple

The ingredients are simple

Easy-to-Make Drink


1 drink (multiply ingredients for more)


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

Optional garnishes:

  • 1/2 orange slice
  • 2 maraschino cherries


  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.
While growing, cranberries look pretty ho-hum.

While growing, cranberries look pretty ho-hum.

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.

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


Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on January 08, 2013:

Hello, KImJolie,

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

Kim Jolie on January 06, 2013:

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

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on September 29, 2012:

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!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 29, 2012:

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

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 29, 2012:

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

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 29, 2012:

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

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 19, 2012:

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.

anglnwu on June 19, 2012:

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.

Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on June 18, 2012:

@ 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.... ;-)

Nell Rose from England on June 18, 2012:

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!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 18, 2012:

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

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