Grog, Traditional

The grog is the 1700s cocktail that made sailors see straight and made landlubbers seasick, and did a fine job keeping the scurvy at bay.

What does “grog” mean?

The term “grog” originally referred to a diluted rum drink that was given to British sailors to prevent scurvy in the 1700s. It is said that the drink was named after Admiral Edward Vernon, who was nicknamed “Old Grog” because he wore a grogram coat. When he ordered the dilution of the sailors’ rum rations with water, the drink became known as “grog” in his honor

Grog, Traditional

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????




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  • 1.50 Ounces Rum

  • 1 Ounces Honey syrup

  • .75 Ounces Lemon juice

  • 4 Ounces Hot or cold water

  • Cinnamon stick or lemon wedge, for garnish


  • For a hot drink, mix all ingredients (except the garnish) in a mug and stir.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
  • To serve cold, shake the ingredients (except the garnish) with ice and serve over ice in a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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