BLACK TOT DAY
31 July 1970

Black Tot Day memorializes the day on which the Royal Navy discontinued its daily rum ration, known as the daily tot, which dated back to 1655.

“Round the world” in every ship of the Royal Navy, glasses were raised in their final salute, and it’s no exaggeration to say that at that moment, many a strong man shed a tear at the passing of a tradition so old and fine that was to be no more. Today, we raise a glass in honor of their tradition.

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Cane Rhum Bar
251 E. Bay Street
Charleston, SC

Laki Kane
141/143 Upper Street
London, U.K.

Ayka Rum Bar
2 Caen Street
Devon, U.K.

Revolution De Cuba
36 Enfield Street
Glasgow, U.K.

Revolucion de Cuba
Academy Centre Courtyard
Belmont Street
Aberdeen, U.K.

Revolucion de Cuba
18-20 Parliament Street
Harrogate, U.K.

Revolucion de Cuba
7-9 Queen Street
Norwich, U.K.

Revolucion de Cuba
11 Peter’s Street South Central
Manchester, U.K.

Smuggler’s Cove
650 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA

Tiki Underground
5893 Akron Cleveland Road
Hudson, OH

The Jungle Bird
1416 8th Avenue
Sacramento, CA

The Clockwork Rose
16 St. Stephen Street
Bristol, U.K.

Caliente Tropics Resort at the Reef Bar
411 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA

Gerry’s of Soho
74 Old Compton Street
London, U.K.

Tonga Hut
12808 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA

Tonga Hut
254 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA

Be At One
13 Barton Arcade Barton Square
Deansgate, U.K.

Be At One
176 Devonshire Street
Sheffield, U.K.

Be At One
20 Victoria Street
Nottingham, U.K.

Be At One
60-62 Mary Street
Cardiff, U.K.

Clifton Court Hotel
12 Clifton Drive
Blackpool, U.K.

Circo Bar
15-18 George Street
Bath, U.K.

Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille
33 Magothy Beach Road
Suite 100
Pasadena, MD

Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille
7190 Troy Hill Drive
Elkridge, MD

Rum Bar
Polzeath Beach
Polzeath, U.K.

Heritage Bar
18 Rupert Street
London, U.K.

The London Cocktail Club
224A Shaftesbury Avenue
London, U.K.

Bobby Fitzpatrick’s
273 West End Lane
London, U.K.

Bermuda Bob’s Rum Shack & Hi-Fi
7A Timberhill
Norfolk, U.K.

The Den
98 Wardour Street
London, U.K.

TikiTail
Broadway Market
29 Tooting High Street
London, U.K.

Goldfinch
145 Mitchum Road
London, U.K.

Trailer Happiness
117 Portobello Road
London, U.K.

Pusser’s Caribbean Grille
80 Compromise Street
Annapolis, MD

Pusser’s Caribbean Grille
816 Highway A1A North
Ponte Vedra, FL

Hurricane Patty’s
69 Lewis Boulevard
St. Augustine, FL

Auntie’s Tiki
4314 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA

Auntie’s Tiki
4312 Holland Road Suite #107
Virginia Beach, VA

Porco Lounge & Tiki Room
2527 W 25th Street
Cleveland, OH

Island Bar Birmingham
14-16 Suffolk Street
Birmingham, U.K.

Mala Sztuka
Powroźnicza 13/15
Gdansk, Poland

The Anchor Inn
Seatown
Bridport
West Dorset, U.K.

Lost River Tiki Bar
15421 Mack Avenue
Detroit, MI

Two Spoons
72 Honor Oak Park
London, U.K.

The Crazy Crab
104 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC

Carolina Crab Company
86 Helmsman Way (65.88 mi)
Hilton Head Island, SC

Revolucion de Cuba
1 Mappin Street
Sheffield, U.K.

Le Pub
Nordhemsgatan 22-24
Gothenbur, Sweden

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HISTORY OF THE NAVAL TOT

Rum was first introduced into the Royal Navy shortly after the Invasion of Jamaica in 1655

The daily tot became codified in 1731

In 1740, Admiral Vernon ordered the daily rum ration to be mixed with water. The mixture was dubbed “Grog” after Vernon’s nickname “Old Grogram”

The exact rum blend was codified by the Admiralty in 1810

In 1823, the daily rum ration was cut in half, and in 1850 it was halved again

On 31 July 1970, the daily rum ration was abolished

Rum Grog

Pusser’s Rum Grog

2 oz. soda water
1 oz. Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder Proof
1 oz. Lime Juice
1-3 Tbsp. Cane Sugar to taste

Serve Cold:
Add sugar and lime juice into a mixing glass and stir to dissolve sugar.
Add Pusser’s Rum and 1 cube of ice to glass.
Stir until ice has diluted to more than half.
Strain into a glass or mug over ice and garnish with a lime.

Serve Hot:
Mix Pusser’s Rum, lime juice, and sugar in a mug.
Top with hot water and stir.

The 18th-century British Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed Old Grog for the grogram fabric cloak he wore, attempted to prevent scurvy among his men by serving them a pint of rum a day. The dark navy rum had nothing to do with scurvy, but it did lend itself to “the swinish vice of drunkenness”. As a result, Admiral Vernon ordered that the sailors tot of rum be mixed with water, lime juice and brown sugar–the world’s first cocktail. The drink was named Grog after Admiral Vernon.

Pusser’s Rum
Gunpowder Painkiller

2 oz. Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder Proof
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Cream of Coconut
Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:
Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
Pour ingredients into a glass or goblet filled with ice.
Sprinkle with freshly grated nutmeg and serve.

The Pusser’s Painkiller, known as the “Official Cocktail of the British Virgin Islands,” is a delicious blend of Pusser’s Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, orange juice, and nutmeg served on the rocks. When made with Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder proof, this smooth, refreshing cocktail packs an extra punch, perfect for honoring Black Tot Day!

A version of the classic Pusser’s Painkiller® had its start at the six-seat Soggy Dollar Bar on a long stretch of white sand beach at White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. It was owned by an English lady, Daphne Henderson.  Boaters, including Pusser’s founder, Charles Tobias, came from distant places to sample her version of the Painkiller for which she’d become locally famous.

Pusser’s Rum
Nelson’s Blood

2 oz. Pusser’s Rum Gunpowder Proof
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Sugar Syrup
A dash of Angostura bitters

Directions:
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake well. Pour into a glass with ice and serve.

Admiral Nelson lost his life while leading his men to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Legend has it that his body was transported back to England inside a cask of Pusser’s Rum in order to preserve his body for burial. But the journey back to England was long, and the sailors needed their rum fix, so they drilled a hole in the cask and drank the rum. When they finally arrived back to England, the cask was empty and the rum was gone; Nelson’s pickled body was all that remained. The sailors had been drinking “Nelson’s Blood,” and to this day, the term is often used to describe Pusser’s.