Horizons: Grog (ingredients included)

March 19th, 2011 by | 3 comments

The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon on 21 August 1740. Vernon wore a coat of grogram cloth and was nicknamed “Old Grogham” or “Old Grog”. Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as bumbo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.

By contrast, in Australia and New Zealand, the word has come to mean any alcoholic drink.

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In Sweden and some subcultures within the English-speaking world, grog is a common description of drinks not made to a recipe, but by mixing various kinds of alcohol and soda, fruit juice or similar ingredients; i.e. a highball with no defined proportions. The difference between the Swedish definition of grog and long drinks, mixed drinks or punches is the number of ingredients. The number of ingredients in drinks may vary, but grog typically has just one kind of liquor (most commonly vodka or brännvin) and one kind of a non-alcoholic beverage. The term Busgrogg (mischief grog) refers to a mix of beer or cider and vodka or brännvin.

In Fiji the term “grog” refers to a drink made by pounding sun-dried kava root into a fine powder and mixing it with cold water. Traditionally, grog is drunk from the shorn half-shell of a coconut, called a “bilo.”

Grog has also been used as a metaphoric term for a person’s vices, as in the old Irish song “All for Me Grog”.


While many claim to make a traditional Navy grog recipe, there are only several accepted forms. The Royal Navy’s grog recipe includes lemon juice, water, rum, and cinnamon. A commonly-found recipe in the Caribbean includes water, light rum, grapefruit juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon, and honey.

In ancient Phrygia (700 BC), a bronze situla excavated at Gordium has revealed that Phrygic grog was made in that period. Phrygic grog was a fermented mixture of wine, ale and mead.

NOTE: If you are underage, you should ask an adult’s advice. It’s not about legal stuff, bla bla, kids aren’t allowed to drink alcohol. Well, they aren’t… it’s just that adults may know what type of rum or wine would go best with these recipes. 😉 Also, be smart. Don’t overdo it.

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3 Responses to “Horizons: Grog (ingredients included)”

  1. Lombre says:

    Needs more battery acid.

  2. Harris McMahon says:

    This picture scares me.
    Also, there are references to Grog XD™ in the tags and scary picture, but it is not mentioned in the article.

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