Cocktail, New Zealand

The Pirate Jenny

I wrote a few days ago about Ben Simpson’s amazing Gunpowder Rum, now the second of a limited series of cocktails that feature the unique spirit.

This rich beverage is based on a cocktail from ‘Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic’ (1948) called the Black Strap.

The Pirate Jenny

40ml Man O’War Gunpowder Rum
20ml Mount Gay XO Rum
15ml liquid honey
15ml boiling water
4-5 fresh cherries (destalked and pitted)

muddle the water, honey and cherries. Stir in the rums, top with ice. Enjoy.

The fire of the Gunpowder rum is brought to heal by the juice of the cherries, while the Mount Gay gives a lingering toasted vanilla and oak note. Crush in the cherry stones if you want a more nut-like flavour.

A good winter drink to sit by the fire with.

Ben re-named this version after a character from the modern(?) folk song, The Black Freighter, made (semi-) popular by the ’70s band Steeleye Span.

It tells the story of a tavern wench’s day-dreams of a pirate ship called the Black Freighter that will one day sail into town and deal to all those against which she has a grudge, if not the whole town. Afterwards they will name her ‘Pirate Jenny’ and they’ll all sail off together.

Perhaps that’s her portrait on the bottle of Man O’War?

There is a German language version called ‘Der Schiff mit acht Segeln’ sung by Lotte Lenya – a favourite of Kurt Weill, who wrote the original.


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