The Evil Inside Page 52


’’Shut up while we\ e both ahead. Kiss me,’’ he said. She did.


And while she kissed him, she thought she saw a number of the ghosts of Salem and Salem Village swirling vaguely in the mist. Looking on.


Smiling.


In my quest for regional food and drink, I asked my Massachusetts friends and family what they considered to be the Massachusetts traditional choice for imbibing. They all looked at me strangely and said, ’’Well, Sam Adams beer, of course!’’


So...beer drinkers, there you have it. Sam Adams!


But long ago, another drink was quite popular, and is becoming so again: a good rum punch. This was begun by the hearty seafarers who came to the New England shores, fishermen, whalers, pirates and more. There are many variations, of course, but rum was the drink of the New World, and it was allotted to seamen. To stretch it out, improve taste and perhaps keep from falling overboard, seamen began to add things to rum. Sugar, because sugar is sweet. Fruit, because fruit is sweet and keeps those at sea clear of the dreaded scourge of scurvy!



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