Finished up another bottle of Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, so it’s time to carry on one of this blog’s official traditions: the posting of photographs of The Lady in the Bottle. “Sailor Jerry” was the working name of Norman Collins, who was a famous tattoo artist in Honolulu before, during and after WWII. The people who make his namesake drink (which is both delicious and highly recommended) decorate the inside of the label with a beautiful woman from their collection of Sailor Jerry’s own tattoo flash. As you drink the rum, the Lady in the Bottle is slowly revealed. Or quickly revealed, I suppose, if you are having either a party or a very bad week.
When I first saw this Lady through the haze of golden brown rum I assumed she was going to be a Spanish beauty with a mantilla draped on a high comb. Boy, was I wrong.She’s a sexy snake charmer with a cobra companion. Here’s a closeup of her face and that of her snake, who has a pretty dramatic expression. These photographs were much harder to shoot than the first set, due to unfortunate placement of the labels relative to the seam in this particular bottle. Readers who have insight into how best to shoot the inside labels of empty liquor bottles with a point and shoot digicam are invited to share any tips they might have. Or is that too esoteric a photographic topic?
If you are over 21, or of drinking age wherever you are, you may want to contemplate that question, and the Ladies in the Bottle, while sipping a Sailor Jerry’s with lime and coke.