Bit by bit my injured shoulder has been regaining something of its old supple form, enough so that this afternoon I was actually able to put on a shirt without a lot of cringing and twisting and wishing I was someone else. Part of this recuperation no doubt has to do with the visit I paid to my friendly local osteopath back in England, just before I left, and my reasonably dedicated adherence to his prescribed gentle stretching exercises and mobility program. Ibuprofen, I’m sure, has also played a role, as has sunshine and tropical warmth, but it pleases me to think that the Pusser’s Painkiller has done its part as well.
This is one of the many interesting rum drinks one encounters in this lushly tropical part of the world, one that is made with Pusser’s Navy Rum. Pusser’s is made to the old original Admiralty recipe served aboard Royal Navy ships for over 300 years. The term Pusser’s comes from Royal Navy slang for the ship’s purser, who dispensed the daily ration which back in the heady days of the early 18th century was a pint per man per day, and drunk neat.
The daily rum ration, somewhat pared down from the boozy old days of the 1730s, became one of those lovely old archaic traditions that survived well into the 20th century, right up to the 31st of July 1970 when the Royal Navy finally decided to abolish it. And so the story of Pusser’s Rum might have ended but for a colourful entrepreneur and BVI personality named Charles Tobias – a former U.S. Marine fighter pilot in Vietnam, global sailor, adventurer, restaurateur and raconteur – who bought the rights to the Admiralty’s old recipe in 1979 and began producing it once more.
The particular concoction I am thinking of, and which I like to believe has done my cycling injury such good, is a blend of either two, three, or four ounces of Pusser’s Navy Rum (depending on the amount of pain you need to kill) blended with four ounces of pineapple juice, one ounce cream of coconut, one ounce of orange juice, served on the rocks with fresh nutmeg grated on top. It warms me right down to the soles of my cycling shoes to think my research here on these lovely islands will be of use to cyclists everywhere.