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Friday Cocktail: Nelson’s Blood

by Gerry Jobe on February 1, 2013

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This cocktail combines two of my loves: A great Tiki creation and a great story to go with it. The tale behind the name is such: After the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Horatio Nelson’s body was preserved in a cask of rum and brought back to England. When they opened the cask to remove the body, it was found that the sailors on the ship had drilled a hole in the cask, and had drank all the rum inside, including Admiral Nelson’s blood.

Now what makes this tale even better (or creepier, depending on your stance), is that while some of the sailors had no idea that there was a body in the cask, others confessed afterward that they believed if they drank some of the blood-infused rum that they would ingest some of Admiral Nelson’s spirit, bravery and leadership qualities. At “Trader Vic’s” in Portland, bar manager Joshua Trapman created this modern-day ode to the tale of Admiral Nelson and his crew, and it is easily one of my favorite Tiki cocktails.

Nelson’s Blood:

  • 2oz Dark Rum
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice
  • 0.25 oz Orange Juice
  • 0.25 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • 0.25 oz Velvet Falernum (available at Modern Bartender)
  • 0.25 oz Brandy
  • Top with Ginger Beer

Directions: Combine all ingredients (accept for the Ginger Beer) and shake over ice, Strain over crushed ice and top with Ginger beer.

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