Admiral Schley Punch

Oh, hello there! I’m back from my longer-than-intended hiatus and excited to share more of Charles H. Baker’s drinks with you.

When last I posted, I promised “[a]n extremely delicious drink that doesn’t require any weird ingredients.” And I’m here to deliver exactly that in this post, the second of three from Pineapple Drink Night!

The extremely delicious drink in question is the Admiral Schley Punch, supposedly named after William Scott Schley. Wikipedia’s entry for Admiral Schley is excruciatingly dull, so let me save you some trouble by quoting the only part that’s worth reading:

In that book, the author referred to [then-]Commodore Schley as a “caitiff, poltroon and coward.”

“Caitiff” and “poltroon” are both synonyms for “coward,” but I wholeheartedly endorse this phrase in spite of its redundancy. I think I just really like the word “poltroon.”

Anyhow, in spite of being an alleged poltroon, Admiral Schley had the good fortune of having an excellent drink named after him:

  • 1/2 jigger St. Croix or Barbados rum (1 oz Cruzan Dark)
  • 1/2 jigger bourbon (1 oz Buffalo Trace)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice and peel of 1 lime

Shake with fine ice and turn both the drink and the ice into a goblet. Garnish with a sprig of mint, a stick of pineapple, “and so on.”

Man, was this ever good! Bourbon and rum go surprisingly well together, it turns out, and the aroma from the mint adds more to the drink than one might expect. For best results, make the mint more fragrant by placing a sprig on the palm of one hand, then slapping it with the other hand, before adding it to the drink. I chose to stick with the mint and pineapple rather than exploring the limitless possibilities of “and so on.”

That’s two Pineapple Drink Night drinks down, one to go. Will the last one be as good as the first two? I’ll leave you in suspense for now.

Admiral Schley Punch:  ★★★★★ 

One Response to “Admiral Schley Punch”

  1. throgers says:

    ¡Viva Pineapple Drink Night!

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