Grogue (Pure dark rum, island style, as my Grogue substitute)
Molasses or honey
- Boil the Grogue and add sweetener (I can’t get Grogue in my country, since it is such a local staple in Cape Verde so I used pure dark rum that I bought from a local distillery, we make our own rum you know.)
- Add sweet spices and stir.
- This one WILL burn.
Inspiration behind Pontche:
This isn’t your traditional review of a tome, rather I was asked to produce a cocktail in response to História, História by Eleanor Sanford. Let me jsut say that this book is absolutely amazing, it’s up there with 5-Page-Turns. It’s engaging, cultural and thoughtful, and in some ways very haunting as you read about one woman’s spiral into chaos as she responds to a lushness she never expected as a Peace Corp volunteer.
I’m actually dead sick as I write this and I can’t help but think that this drink, Pontche, would knock some diseased throat-sickness-bacteria out of me. That being said, being from a small third-world-country, as I wrote googled recipes for this drink I felt a sort of panic, I didn’t want to re-appropriate someone else’s culture for hits on a blog. I tried to best represent it with what I found.
The Next Best Book Blog asked me to read this and I really would recommend it to everyone. Give it a chance guys!
Here is a blurb for the book:
Twenty-two and newly married, Eleanor Stanford and her husband join the Peace Corps and find themselves on the West African islands of Cape Verde. In this beautifully alien place, as she teaches her students and struggles to come to terms with the island’s fascinating yet frustrating culture, Eleanor watches everything she knows about relationships get flipped upside-down and attempts to hide the eating disorder she’s developed, which threatens both her marriage and her life. Part travelogue, part cultural documentary, Historia, Historia combines journalistic excellence with the gripping style of personal memoirs to bring you this lyrical, moving portrait of an enchanting, little-glimpsed geography. Fans of factually informative and emotionally moving nonfiction will be drawn towards this haunting meditation on love, fidelity and self-image.
This drink is a Bitches With Books review cocktail.