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Aloha and Happy Independence Day!

Moai crossing the Delaware... sort of.

The Moai are all out back having a barbecue at the moment and you can be sure we're celebrating the holiday with an historically appropriate beverage.

No, not tea, dammit. Rum. Preferably a genuine New England rum. Despite the efforts of prohibitionists to bury the role of "demon" rum in the American Revolution we have not forgotten this important spirit without which we might well be living in Her Majesty's North American colonies at this very moment.

Rum was the drink of choice in the American colonies, some sources claim that the population consumed three gallons per capita in the years before the Revolution! Taxes on molasses, a critical part of rum production, were one of those taxes without representation the colonists were angry about. Rum was certainly a favorite of George Washington, who is said to have insisted on having a barrel of fine Barbados rum at this Inauguration in 1789.

If you don't know the story be sure to brush up on your history and check out books like And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis and Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776 by Ian Williams.

If you are still thirsty after that, find a book about the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. But be sure to have some authentic American rye whiskey like George himself made at Mount Vernon on hand while you are reading. It makes the history taste better.

Keep the torches burning,

—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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