Yo-ho-ho and…you know the drill.
A spirit often stereotyped as the pirates’ drink of choice, rum’s place in history has gone beyond its salty reputation.
We dug deeper into the spirit’s past and found a group of five esteemed rum fans throughout the decades.
If these people walked into a bar today – say, Three Dots and a Dash, our tiki bar in the heart of Chicago – what would be their drink of choice?
We asked Kevin Beary (@headstotails), Three Dots and a Dash’s Beverage Director, which cocktail he’d suggest for these rum enthusiasts:
George Washington and the Rum for Office
Our first president and venerable general was said to be well-liked among his troops — treating them to rum as a way to de-stress during the Revolutionary War certainly helped.
This led into part of his campaign strategy, where his agents offered rum as a boozy pick-me-up to the voters.
Needless to say, it worked. President Washington was later involved in the rum distillation industry.
George would drink: Never Say Die. Not one to give up, this one seems fitting for our first President.
“Don’t bother with churches, government buildings or city squares. If you want to know about a culture, spend a night in its bars.” –Ernest Hemingway
During his Havana bar-hopping days, Hemingway’s “double the booze” drink order garnered him a daiquiri-riff in his namesake: the Hemingway Daiquiri.
As the story goes, Ernest sipped a frozen daiquiri from Cuba’s Floridita bar and immediately asked for “double the booze and half the sugar.” If the thought of that makes you cringe, thank the Cuban bartenders for adding maraschino liqueur and grapefruit juice to make it enjoyable.
Ernest would drink: If not the Hemingway Daiquiri, our next bet would be the Missionary’s Downfall.
Hunter S. Thompson
“It was a maddening image and the only way to whip it was to hang on until dusk and banish the ghosts with rum.”- Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary.
Where do we begin with the godfather of gonzo journalism? This counter-culture hedonist is best known for his novel-turned-Johnny-Depp-movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a real life journey where he brought a “quart of rum” (among other things) along for the ride.
Thompson also penned The Rum Diary, which took us on another wild, booze-fueled ride through capitalist tensions in Puerto Rico.
Hunter would drink: the Zombie. We’re certain if he wasn’t enjoying rum on the rocks, Thompson’s eyes would dart straight to the drinks denoted with a skull on our menu (marking those with impressive strength).
John F. & Jackie Kennedy
The legendary dinner parties at the White House during Kennedy’s term were anything but dry. He was often seen drinking multiple rum & cokes (AKA the Cuba Libre, ironically) while enjoying his evenings. His wife, Jackie, was spotted sipping daiquiris.
JFK would drink: Painkiller.
Jackie would drink: Caribbean Punch.
Whether you’re considering your own political aspirations, writing the next great American novel, or simply you enjoy rum as much as these give, join us at Three Dots and A Dash for a little drink-spiration.