Rum Fustian

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January 15, 2015 by Smock Alley

The history of Smock Alley allows us to look to the past for our inspirations for current menus and drinks, and no more so than this boozy delight, our Kelly Riot based on the 17th Century Rum Fustian.


Originally containing alcoholic ginger beer, gin, dry sherry, whipped eggs and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, it was a popular breakfast drink. (Says a lot about 17th Century productivity, as well as marketing- for it has no rum.)

Rum Fustians grew in popularity, from pirates to students, and our Kelly Riot is an homage to drunken students, allegedly having had some Rum Fustians, who rioted at Smock Alley in 1747 due to a curtailing of ‘gentlemen’ being allowed backstage to ‘meet’ the actresses.

Nowadays we are less keen on a riot so we’ve refined it somewhat to discourage such practices. Until after work at least.


One measure of gin, something relatively light on the botanicals will be best

A half measure of sherry, we use a bristol cream, always having a bottle handy in case a vicar pops in

1 Teaspoon of juniper berries,

200ml of non alcoholic ginger beer,

Ice and a slice, orange naturally

Nutmeg for grating

Stir the gin and sherry together with an ice cube, add in the juniper berries, lightly crushed, add in more ice, top up with ginger beer, give a little stir, slide in an orange segment and top lavishly with grated nutmeg. Delish.

gin 3


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