Any damn fool can navigate the world sober.  It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.     - Sir Francis Chichester



Grog \'gräg\ n [Old Grog, nickname of Edward Vernon  1757 E admiral responsible for diluting the sailors' rum] : spirituous liquor; specif : liquor (as rum) cut with water.


The Perfect Painkiller

Without ice (or very little ice), blend, shake, or stir:

1 ounce cream of coconut
1 ounce orange juice
4 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces
Pusser’s British Navy Rum

Pour into a big glass filled with ice and grate fresh nutmeg on top.


Painkiller Cheesecake

(My own creation and secret, private recipe.)


Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust
16 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
5.3 oz. Dannon Light & Fit Greek Yogurt (Toasted Coconut Vanilla)
20 oz. can Dole Pineapple Slices (in 100% pineapple juice)
2 eggs
1/3 cup Cream of Coconut
1/3 cup Tropicana Grovestand Orange Juice
½ teaspoon Orange Extract
½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 shot Dark Rum (Pussers)

How to Make

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Drain the pineapple juice from the can and blend the pineapple slices in a food processor until smooth.

Combine the blended pineapple and the above ingredients with an electric mixer in a large mixing bowl until smooth.

Pour the mixture into the pie crust. It will rise slightly while baking and then recede while cooling.

Bake for 50 minutes, checking it every 5 minutes starting at 40 minutes. If it starts to crack, it is beginning to overbake. Stop baking before it cracks. It will be slightly jiggly in the middle when done (2-3 inch circumference), and it will set while cooling.

Let cool in the oven with the heat off and the door open.

Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours before serving (24 hours preferably).

Sprinkle with ground nutmeg and serve with a small amount of dark rum poured over each slice.

"Drink" in the word of a sailor

Binder--one for the road

Black varnish--bottled stout

Bottle the tot--save the drink for later

Brown food--beer, ale, stout

Bug juice--cocoa

Cape Horn rain or Nelson's blood or Stagger juice--rum



Dead marine--empty bottle

Devil's toothbrush--half brandy, half gin

Giggle water--cocktail

Gimlet--gin and lime

Goffer--any drink with fizz

Gunfire--morning tea

Horse's neck--brandy and ginger ale


Monkey piss--lime juice

Panther piss or Tiger piss--beer

Round-the-world--sherry, gin, whiskey, and brandy together

Sluggers--sloe gin

Swipes--near beer

Switchel--molasses, vinegar, and water

Thickers--strong tea

Tonsil varnish--low-grade tea



"Bailey's Banana Colada"

4 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ½ ounces cream of coconut
1 ½ ounces of Bailey's Irish Crème
1 banana

Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a blender and pour into a chilled Collins glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.


"Drunk" in the words of a sailor

Anchored in Sot's Bay

Back teeth awash


Carry three red lights (lights shown by a vessel not under control)



Sewn up


Three sheets to the wind

Trimmed down

Under full sail


The Backstreet Bushwacker

1 ounce of Vodka
½ ounce of Amaretto
½ ounce of light Crème de Cocoa
½ ounce of Kahlua
1 ounce of Bailey's Irish Crème

Blend with ice cubes until it has the consistency of a milkshake.  Sprinkle with nutmeg


Royal Navy Rum Terminology

Grog:  Traditionally, 2 parts water, 1 part Pusser's Rum.

Tot:  1/8th pint rum, the standard daily ration.

Sippers:  A small gentlemanly sip from a friend's rum issue.

Gulpers:  One, but only one, big swallow from another's tot.

Sandy Bottoms:  To see off whatever's in a mug when offered by a friend.

"Splice the Main Brace!":  A double tot for a job well done, or an invitation aboard for free drinks--and to say to a friend, "Let's Splice the Main Brace!: is synonymous with, "Let's have a drink!"

The framework of Hospitality:  Where 3 sippers equal 1 gulp, and 3 gulps equal 1 tot!

Bob's--a--Dying:  In Nelson's day, meant a "stupendous, drunken bash."

A Long Swig at the Halliards:  To "tie" one on!


Royal Navy Traditional Toasts

Monday Our ships at sea.
Tuesday Our men
Wednesday Ourselves (as no one is likely to concern themselves with our welfare).
Thursday A bloody war and quick promotion.
Friday A willing soul and sea room.
Saturday Sweethearts and wives, may they never meet.
Sunday Absent friends and those at sea.

But the standing toast that pleased the most was:

"The wind that blows

The ship that goes

And the lass that loved a sailor!"


The Perfect Kalapana Colada

4 ounces of pineapple juice
1 ½ ounces cream of coconut
1 ½ ounces of dark rum
½ banana
5 – 8 seedless red or green grapes

Mix all ingredients with cracked ice in a blender and pour into a chilled Collins glass. Float an extra shot of dark rum on the top and garnish with a Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.


Annals of the U.S. Navy

1794 - U.S. Navy established by an act of Congress

1797 - First captain's commission granted to John Barry

1797 - First frigate, the United States, was launched

1798 - Navy Department was established

1799 - First chaplain, William Balch, was commissioned

1830 - Sloop-of-war, Vincennes, first U.S. Navy ship to circumnavigate the globe

1837 - First real seagoing steam-powered man-of-war of the U.S. Navy, USS Fulton, was launched.

1861- Daily issue of rum for enlisted men was abolished

1862 - First ironclad floating battery, USS Monitor, launched

1862 - Liquor was banned from Navy vessels, except for medicinal purposes

1893 - First true battleship in U.S. Navy, USS Indiana (BB-1), was launched

1898 - First practical submarine in the Navy, USS Holland, was launched

1911 - First naval aircraft, the A-1, made its first flight

1914 - Alcohol was banned from Navy yards and stations

1920 - First aircraft carrier, USS Langley, was commissioned

1942 - WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) was established

1954 - First nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was launched

1959 - First nuclear-powered surface ship, cruiser USS Long Beach, was launched

1960 - First nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, was launched

1997 - U.S. frigate Constitution, oldest warship afloat in the world, got underway under sail in celebration of her bicentennial


The Peace & Love

2 ounces of Bailey's Irish Crème
2 ounces of Tia Maria
½ ounce of Hennessy's Cognac

Served over ice in an Old Fashioned Glass.


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