Meet Pusser’s Rum Bartender on Deck: Julia Maltby
1. Tell me about yourself. What’s your background, and how did you end up as a mixologist?
My name is Julia Maltby AKA Jungle Julia. A passion for mixology seems to have run through my veins. No matter how hard I try, I find myself coming back to mixology. I love to feed people’s taste buds. I’ve worked in bars from London to New York for around 9 years and have had many adventures doing so, working with some amazing personalities.
2. What is the name of your drink, and where did the inspiration come from?
The name of my drink is the Naval Home Syndrome. It came from the idea that the sailors were given a shot to a pint a day of Pusser’s Rum, making most of them partial to having it every day and being “captured” by the rum itself. When they stopped giving it out, many felt the need to keep drinking it. They were in love with their capture that is Pusser’s! I wanted to use juices that tied into the rum’s island roots, so I went with coconut cream and orange juice. I wanted to evoke that bitter feeling the sailors felt when the daily rum ration ended, so I added orange bitters.
The Naval Home Syndrome
25ml (~1 oz) Pusser’s Spiced Rum
25ml (~1 oz) Pusser’s Blue Label Rum
25ml (~1 oz) Fresh Lime Juice
50ml (~2 oz) Fresh OJ
20ml (~1 oz) Banana Syrup
25ml (~ 1 oz) Coco Re’al
3 dashes of Orange bitters
A sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
Shake hard and well for approx. 20 seconds. Strain into service vessel over fresh ice. Garnish with 2 slices of orange and a touch of Gunpowder Proof on top.
3. What’s your favourite rum drink?
I do love a Painkiller, but I also love a classic daiquiri depending on the rum and mood.
4. Please tell me about your personal connection to rum. Why choose rum over another spirit?
I was lucky enough to work with bartenders who have over 10 years’ experience in my first cocktail bar; they are cocktail geniuses. They showed me the “rum” way of life. As a spirit, it is my favourite because it’s never dull. The stories and craft that comes along with rum have far more captured me than any other spirit. Along with whisky, you can taste the craft in it. But for me, rum is slightly better to experiment with.
5. What do you think the future holds for the rum industry?
Big things! It is a pleasurable spirit, and it can only grow with new ways and ageing methods and other continents exploring it. In my opinion, it can take over the world! Every good story starts with rum, and who doesn’t love a good story?
6. What inspires you creatively when it comes to making drinks?
Peoples taste buds, as I love to be challenged. The culture around me and the different fashions economically. It all drives new ideas and tastes.
7. Please tell me about your greatest achievement in relation to the spirits industry.
Training my staff to watch them grow and their knowledge with their creativity and finding their personality as a bartender.
8. Any other interesting facts? Hobbies? Special talents?
I actually started my career in the fashion industry and rose through the ranks to be an assistant designer. I had a short-lived career as a plus sized model and still practice illustration work as a children’s book illustrator. Hobby wise, I have passed many levels of sailing and sailed in various places around the world along with a flying licence, due to my early years in the air cadets.
Instagram : Jungle Julia (living life under the speed rail)