All hands hoay, me hearties. Sail ho! Raise th’ Jolly Roger and grab yer cutlass for t’morrow’s th’ day when even a right landlubber doth change ’e’s tongue. ’Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day, so best be spending ye doubloons on a wee bit o’ local rum. Savvy?

“Rum is actually the original American spirit,” so say Max Pfeffer of Manatawny Still Works in Pottstown. “We put some twists on our rum that you won’t find in other places” like Small Batch Rum No. 7 finish’d in port casks. Or get yerself a tankard o’ T. Rutter Rum, “a lightly barrel-aged rum made with molasses and raw sugar.”

No need fer hornswogglin’ ne runnin’ a rig. Thar be plenty fer all ye freebooters.

“The type of sugar being used helps determine the rum we produce,” so say Marat Mamedov of Boardroom Spirits in Lansdale. “We have an unaged expression, a spiced expression and also aged.”

Shiver me timbers! ’E doth not ply th’ sweet trade, but ’e knows ’e’s rum.

“When done right, it can drink with the same complexity of a whiskey,” ’e added. “It is really an interesting category to explore.”

This here be a fine climature fer spirits like Reading Distilling Guild’s White Rum, th’ base fer its spiced an’ seasonal rums too.

“You’ll notice the difference as soon as you smell it,” so say Chris Flowers. “It has a much more mellow nose to it. And when you taste it, it has a hint of sweetness to it in the middle and then a little pepper, a little spice bite at the end.”

Smartly, mateys. Time to splice th’ mainbrace! How ’bout a draught o’ Frontier Explorer’s White Rum?

“I get a lot of compliments on the rum,” so say Rich Buoni of Pennsylvania Distilling Company in Malvern. “For me, it’s a nice spirit because it’s fairly simple. It’s clean. It’s kind of the other white spirit. It’s not vodka, but I think it’s more interesting than vodka.” Aye. “It’s got a very pleasant taste and a pleasant nose.”

Bluebird Distilling in Phoenixville also be makin’ what we buccaneers doth call Nelson’s blood – Sugarcane Rum an’ Dark Rum that ev’n be marked with th’ skull an’ crossbones.

“It’s actually my favorite label,” so say Jared Adkins. “Arrr Dark Rum is distilled from sugarcane and molasses, poured into freshly emptied Bluebird Four Grain Bourbon, Rye and Wheat Whiskey barrels and put to rest.” An’ what ye get: “beautiful notes of vanilla, brown sugar, toffee and dried fruits.”

Huzzah! Wishin’ ye a fair wind ev’r an’ always … an’ a full cup! But to any scurvy dogs an’ scallywags, a word o’ counsel: Dare not be stealin’ me booty or risk endin’ up in Davy Jones’ Locker.

Don’t miss th’ bonnie deals

Save some pieces of eight on Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19, with these here specials:

Bluebird Distilling be offerin’ one free cocktail if ye dress like a pirate at Bluebird Cocktail Bar in Phoenixville and Bluebird Bar at The Bourse in Philadelphia. Wear an eyepatch an’ ye get 50 percent off one cocktail.

At Pennsylvania Distilling Company in Malvern, it be $5 rum cocktails if ye order yer drinks “like a pirate would.”

Speak buccaneer fer a $6 Scurvy Rx cocktail at Pottstown’s Manatawny Still Works. Thar also be a Cards Against Humanity tournament that night, so if ye and yer team dress like pirates, ye could win a pirate-themed prize. (“Excessive eyeliner like Jack Sparrow might count.”)

Or sail over to Tiki Thursdays at Boardroom Spirits in Lansdale. Gather ’round fer $10 cocktails like a Hurricane, Painkiller an’ Boardroom Colada.

Scurvy Rx

If you're suffering from any sort of vitamin C deficiency, this will definitely take care of what ails you.

Ingredients

3 ounces T. Rutter Rum

1 ounce lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

1 lime slice

1 orange wedge for garnish

Instructions

Quarter fill shaker tin with ice and add T. Rutter Rum. Add lime juice, simple syrup, lime slice and orange wedge ... then, shake what your momma gave you and pour the contents in to a rocks glass. Use lime zest for garnish.

RECIPE COURTESY OF MANATAWNY STILL WORKS

Signature Reading Rum Punch

Ingredients

2 ounces Reading White Rum

Equal parts fresh orange and pineapple juices

Splash of grenadine

Splash of lemon-lime soda

Instructions

Shake and pour over ice. Top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. Garnish with boozy cherries

Boozy cherries: Soak maraschino cherries in Reading Rum overnight. Enjoy as a garnish in Reading Rum cocktails.

RECIPE COURTESY OF READING DISTILLING GUILD

Boardroom Mojito

Ingredients

2 ounces Boardroom Rum

3/4 ounce mint simple syrup (see below)

3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

8 fresh mint leaves

2 quartered limes

Club soda

Instructions

To make mint simple syrup: Muddle a handful of mint into sugar and add equal parts water to the mix. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let sit for 1 to 2 hours or longer to desired flavor. Strain and refrigerate in an airtight container.

Combine mint, limes and lime juice in the glass and muddle to release oils from lime skin and mint leaves. Fill with ice, mint simple syrup and rum. Top with club soda and stir.

RECIPE COURTESY OF BOARDROOM SPIRITS

Boardroom Daiquiri

Ingredients

2 ounces Boardroom Rum

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Lime slice, to garnish

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime slice.

RECIPE COURTESY OF BOARDROOM SPIRITS

Hurricane

Ingredients

2 ounces Boardroom Rum

2 ounces fresh orange juice

2 ounces fresh pineapple juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Dash of grenadine

Maraschino cherry, to garnish

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

RECIPE COURTESY OF BOARDROOM SPIRITS

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