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Sailor Jerry

Written by Patti on July 2nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

So excited! Just received a bottle of Sailor Jerry rum on my doorstep, just in time for this weekend’s festivities!

My friend Alex sent me all kinds of recipes, too. Looks like the bottle will be empty by Monday.

Did you know that Sailor Jerry is a real person? His real name is Norman Collins and he is a crafter of tattoos. He was also a seaman back in the day. His folk art tattoo is legendary and the rum that is his namesake is no less legendary. Let’s see what kind of trouble we can get into this weekend by conjuring up some deliciousness.

Time for cocktails!

For lighter summertime fare, the Backyard Tea – made with lemonade and iced tea – strips the innocence and adds a bite to the classic barbeque beverages. Easy to make and great for group, it can batched and served as a punch so guests can serve themselves — and you can focus on manning delicious burgers and steaks searing on the grill.

Made with a spicy combination of ginger beer, pilsner, Tabasco and our beloved Sailor Jerry, the ingredients aptly explain its name – The Hellfire. Not for the faint of heart, this cocktail – a place where sweet, spicy, and salty come together harmoniously – can also provide a much needed “hair of the dog” the morning following a successful summer celebration.

Sailor Jerry, not only limited to cocktails, can be included in all aspects of your grill out! By adding a Sailor Jerry spice to your BBQ sauce or mixing it into your hamburger meat to help with caramelization on the grill, the liquid has more uses than you would ever imagine.

I love these tattoos. Please tattoo responsibly.

Back Yard Tea

2 parts Sailor Jerry Rum
1 part iced tea
2 parts lemonade

Glass: highball

Method: Add ingredients to in ice-filled glass and garnish with a lemon wedge


1 part Sailor Jerry Rum
2 dashes Tabasco sauce¼ of a fresh lime
1 part ginger beer
Pilsner beer of favourite lager beer

Glass: beer glass


Squeeze quarter of a lime into beer glass.
Fill with Ice
Add Tabasco, Sailor Jerry and ginger beer
Top with beer


In a medium pot, add 1 liter Sailor Jerry Rum,
4 to 5 quartered oranges, 3 lemons and 2 limes
(3 – 4 tablespoons of mixed fruit juice concentrate optional)

Reduce at a rapid boil by about 75% or until slightly thickened, strain and let cool

Pick your favorite brand of BBQ sauce. In a new pot bring desired amount of BBQ sauce to a slow warm adding the Sailor Jerry Rum mixture a little at a time. For us, about 5/6 parts BBQ to 1 part rum mixture worked out well but taste along the way to see how you like it. Tasty on ribs and pulled pork!!

Make it a Sailor Jerry night! Tomorrow we will talk tequila!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Lisa says:

    I’m not usually a spiced rum fan but that bbq sauce sounds fantastic!

  2. Patti says:

    Lise, the rum is so good. You must come by before it’s all gone! xoxo, P

  3. Eddie Ross says:

    Sounds delicious!! Hope you enjoyed it!
    xo E + J

  4. Patti says:

    Eddie and Jaithan – my darlings! Hope you had a spectacular 4th. xoxox, P