Bumbo Cocktail Drink

Bumbo

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a standout cocktail? Go for this Bumbo Drink recipe! It’s straightforward to prepare and ensures a fun-filled drink adventure.

Bumbo Drink Recipe

Make a classic Bumbo with this easy recipe! Just mix rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg for a warm, inviting drink that's perfect on cool fall evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

159 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Lime wedge, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your old fashioned glass by filling it up with ice.
  • Add Brown sugar: drop 1 tsp brown sugar in a shaker.
  • Pour Lime Juice: measure and add 1 oz lime juice to the mix.
  • Add Dark Rum: measure and pour 2 oz Dark Rum.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Shake the ingredients vigorously until well-mixed.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into the chilled Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Add Spices: Sprinkle 1 pinch nutmeg and/or 1 pinch cinnamon on top for garnish into the shaker.
  • Garnish: Use a lime wedge as well on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: If you don't have dark rum, you can use light or spiced rum. The flavor profile will change slightly but still make a tasty drink.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used as a substitute for lime juice. It's not quite the same, but it does add a nice citrusy tang.
  • Brown Sugar: White sugar or honey can be used instead if you're out of brown sugar. Keep in mind that this will alter the flavor slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Bumbo:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dark rum, 8 oz of lime juice, and 8 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add the spices and stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute; these are available and do an excellent job of mimicking the flavor of dark rum.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular dark rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Substitute: Ensure your brown sugar is vegan. Some brands of brown sugar are processed with bone char, which is not vegan. Look for organic or beet sugar, which are typically vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Bumbo drink.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
159
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.3
g
2
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
7
g
2
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Potassium
 
44
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
16
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Bumbo Cocktail Drink

Bumbo Drink Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Make a classic Bumbo with this easy recipe! Just mix rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg for a warm, inviting drink that's perfect on cool fall evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 159

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • Lime wedge - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your old fashioned glass by filling it up with ice.
  • Add Brown sugar: drop 1 tsp brown sugar in a shaker.
  • Pour Lime Juice: measure and add 1 oz lime juice to the mix.
  • Add Dark Rum: measure and pour 2 oz Dark Rum.
  • Prep Shaker: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake: Shake the ingredients vigorously until well-mixed.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into the chilled Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Add Spices: Sprinkle 1 pinch nutmeg and/or 1 pinch cinnamon on top for garnish into the shaker.
  • Garnish: Use a lime wedge as well on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dark Rum: If you don't have dark rum, you can use light or spiced rum. The flavor profile will change slightly but still make a tasty drink.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used as a substitute for lime juice. It's not quite the same, but it does add a nice citrusy tang.
  • Brown Sugar: White sugar or honey can be used instead if you're out of brown sugar. Keep in mind that this will alter the flavor slightly.

Making a Pitcher of Bumbo:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dark rum, 8 oz of lime juice, and 8 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dark rum, lime juice, and brown sugar. Add the spices and stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with lime wedge, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dark Rum Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic dark rum substitute; these are available and do an excellent job of mimicking the flavor of dark rum.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular dark rum, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Sugar Substitute: Ensure your brown sugar is vegan. Some brands of brown sugar are processed with bone char, which is not vegan. Look for organic or beet sugar, which are typically vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: After ensuring your ingredients are vegan, follow the original steps to enjoy a delicious vegan Bumbo drink.

What is a Bumbo Drink?

A Bumbo Drink is a rum-based cocktail of dark rum, lime juice, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Adding nutmeg gives this cocktail a unique flavor profile that differentiates it from other rum cocktails.

A side shot of a Bumbo drink in an old fashioned glass on a white coaster on a light green tray surrounded by a strainer, and a white bowl with lime pieces.

What is a Bumbo Drink made of – The ingredients

Creating a Bumbo Drink? Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Bumbo (or Bombo or Bumboo) is the main ingredient, a historical rum drink popular among pirates and sailors in the 17th and 18th centuries. It adds the primary flavor to the cocktail.
  • Dark Rum: Rich and flavorful, provides the alcoholic backbone of the drink.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds sweetness to balance the other ingredients’ strong, spicy flavors.
  • Nutmeg: Gives a warm, nutty flavor that complements the sweetness of the sugar and rum.
  • Cinnamon: Enhances the overall flavor profile with its sweet-spicy taste.
  • Lime Juice: Provides a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the sugar and spices, enhancing the overall balance of flavors.

Dark Rum, lime juice, cinnamon sitck, lime, and brown sugar laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Bumbo Drink?

Follow our uncomplicated steps to make your own Bumbo Drink:

1
<p>Make sure to chill your old fashioned glass.</p>

Make sure to chill your old fashioned glass.

2
<p>Start by adding a tablespoon of brown sugar to the shaker. The sugar will dissolve in the liquid, adding a hint of sweetness that complements the rum and lime juice.</p>

Start by adding a tablespoon of brown sugar to the shaker. The sugar will dissolve in the liquid, adding a hint of sweetness that complements the rum and lime juice.

3
<p>Add one ounce of lime juice to the shaker. The acidity of the lime juice will balance the sweetness of the other ingredients and give the drink a refreshing tang.</p>

Add one ounce of lime juice to the shaker. The acidity of the lime juice will balance the sweetness of the other ingredients and give the drink a refreshing tang.

4
<p>Follow by pouring two ounces of dark rum into a cocktail shaker. This forms the base of your Bumbo drink and gives it a rich, robust flavor.</p>

Follow by pouring two ounces of dark rum into a cocktail shaker. This forms the base of your Bumbo drink and gives it a rich, robust flavor.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Secure the lid on it, and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and ensure the sugar and spices are fully dissolved.</p>

Secure the lid on it, and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and ensure the sugar and spices are fully dissolved.

7
<p>Refill your old fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.</p>

Refill your old fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes.

8
<p>Fine strain the mixture into your chilled glass filled with fresh ice. This will remove undissolved sugar or spice particles, giving you a smooth, clean drink.</p>

Fine strain the mixture into your chilled glass filled with fresh ice. This will remove undissolved sugar or spice particles, giving you a smooth, clean drink.

9
<p>Sprinkle in a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg.</p>

Sprinkle in a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg.

10
<p>Sprinkle in a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. These spices give the Bumbo its distinctive warm, spicy flavor.</p>

Sprinkle in a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon. These spices give the Bumbo its distinctive warm, spicy flavor.

11
<p>Finally, garnish the drink with a lime wedge. This adds a touch of color and makes the drink look more appealing.</p>

Finally, garnish the drink with a lime wedge. This adds a touch of color and makes the drink look more appealing.

History and Origin of the Bumbo Drink

The Bumbo Drink cocktail, also known as Bombo or Bumboo, has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the 17th century. This drink was born in the Caribbean, where it quickly became popular among sailors and pirates.

In those days, rum was a typical drink on ships. However, drinking it straight could be harsh. So, sailors started mixing it with water to make it more palatable. But they didn’t stop there. They began adding sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon to enhance the flavor. The result was a sweet, spicy concoction called the Bumbo Drink cocktail.

A Bumbo drink, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige table surrounded by dark Rum, lime juice, brown sugar, lime and cinnamon stick

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Bumbo drink?
A standard serving of Bumbo drink contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, the exact number can vary depending on the ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Bumbo cocktail?
The strength of a Bumbo cocktail typically ranges from 20-30% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 40-60 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Bumbo drink?
Bumbo drinks primarily use rum as the base alcohol. Dark rum is often preferred for its rich, robust flavor that complements the other ingredients well.
In what kind of glass is a Bumbo served?
Traditionally, a Bumbo drink is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass. These glasses are ideal for this cocktail as they allow ample room for ice and garnishes. 
What does a Bumbo taste like?
A Bumbo has a unique, complex flavor profile. It's sweet due to the sugar, spicy from the nutmeg and cinnamon, and has a deep, warm flavor from the dark rum. The lime juice adds a refreshing tanginess that balances out the sweetness.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Bumbo drink?
The typical ratio for a Bumbo drink is 2 parts dark rum to 1 part lime juice and sugar each, with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, some variations may adjust these ratios slightly according to personal preference.
How is a Bumbo served with ice?
A Bumbo is usually served over ice. This method helps to keep the drink chilled.

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