How to drink like an 18th-century European war god


Tim and I recently acquired a bottle of Admiral Horatio Nelson's blood, and I am happy to report that it's delicious.

Perhaps some explanation is in order. "Nelson's Blood" is the nickname for Pusser's Rum, the official former tipple of the Royal Navy. After he was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar:

Nelson's body was placed in a large cask of Pusser's Rum to preserve it for the long voyage back to England. Upon arrival, the cask was opened and Nelson's preserved body removed. But the rum was almost gone. The jack tars (sailors) had drilled a small hole at the base of the cask through which they drained most of the rum, thereby drinking of Nelson's Blood. 

The British Navy continued to ration out Pusser's to its men until 1970, which is truly unbelievable once you've tasted it. It bears no resemblance to the sickly-sweet stuff in sorority rum-and-Cokes; it's as rarefied as single malt and as strong as antifreeze. If you're going to Boat Under the Influence, this is the way to go.