Grog
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Grog
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.6 / 5
Grog is a classic cocktail steeped in naval history, traditionally enjoyed by sailors as a means to make their drinking water more palatable on long voyages. This cocktail is a ... more Grog is a classic cocktail steeped in naval history, traditionally enjoyed by sailors as a means to make their drinking water more palatable on long voyages. This cocktail is a delightful mixture of overproof rum, which packs a powerful punch, lime juice, which adds a refreshing citrus twist, sugar syrup to sweeten the deal, water to mellow the mix, and a dash of Angostura Bitters for complexity. Served in a cocktail glass, the Grog offers a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter elements, making it a timeless choice for those who appreciate a cocktail with depth and history. Ideal for seafaring souls and landlubbers alike, Grog remains a popular choice among cocktail enthusiasts seeking a taste of adventure.
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Overproof rum
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20% | 2.4 units *
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Classic

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Grog, an emblem of maritime tradition, ingeniously melds overproof rum's robustness with the sharp zestiness of lime juice, creating a balanced concoction that’s both bold and revitalizing. The addition of Angostura Bitters introduces a layer of complexity, subtly enhancing the natural sweetness from the sugar syrup and the dilution from the water, which tames the cocktail’s fiery spirit, making it approachable yet spirited, perfect for those who cherish a drink with historical flair and potent character.

Method
How to make a Grog

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Begin by combining all of your ingredients into a shaker filled with ice
Vigorously shake the mixture for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the outside of the shaker has developed a frosted look
Next, grab a glass and fill it with fresh ice to the brim
Carefully strain the shaken mixture into this ice-filled glass, ensuring no ice pieces from the shaker fall into the glass
Now, your cocktail is ready to be enjoyed

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the cocktail Grog?

Grog has its roots in naval history, introduced by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon in the 1740s. To ensure the ship's rum ration lasted longer and to diminish the intoxicating effects on sailors, Vernon ordered it to be diluted with water. The addition of lime juice was also a measure to prevent scurvy, making Grog an essential part of a sailor's diet on long voyages.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Grog compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 20%, Grog sits on the moderate side in terms of strength when compared to other cocktails. Many cocktails range from 15% to 30% alcohol by volume, so Grog offers a balanced option for those seeking a moderately strong beverage.

FAQ

Can I use regular rum instead of overproof rum for making Grog?

Yes, you can use regular rum instead of overproof rum to make Grog, but the resulting cocktail will have a lower alcohol content and may taste slightly different. Overproof rum provides a stronger rum flavor and higher alcohol content, which are characteristic of traditional Grog.

FAQ

What is the significance of adding lime juice to Grog?

Lime juice is a crucial ingredient in Grog for both historical and flavor reasons. Historically, lime juice was added to prevent scurvy among sailors. Flavor-wise, the tartness of the lime juice balances the sweetness of the sugar syrup and the strength of the rum, creating a refreshing and complex beverage.

FAQ

Is Grog suitable for serving at a party?

Absolutely. Grog is an excellent choice for serving at a party, especially theme parties or events with a nautical or pirate theme. Its rich history and balanced mix of flavors can be a conversation starter, and its moderate alcohol content makes it suitable for sipping over an extended period. Be sure to have the ingredients on hand to make it fresh for your guests.

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