The Drink of Pirates and other Hardcore types
Due to excessive ignorance on subject of Grog, I've decided to make this page to educate
those who have not been fortunate enough to enjoy grog. Pirates in their plunders allow no
shortage of Rum and Grog in their plunders of Riches. Among the alcoholic benefits, grog with its
lemon/lime helps prevent Scurvy a common occurrence at sea. The Royal Navy's Vice-Admiral Edward
Vernon (Old Grog) invented Grog on August 21, 1740 which stayed with the Royal navy until 1970.
Grog in the world of Monkey Island
This is probably the coolest form of Grog, although I'd love to find a local bar on par with the
These Important looking Pirates from the Secret of Monkey Island introduce you to the world of grog.
In the Scumm bar grog flows like water and a side effect is the small fortune the cook has to spend
replacing the mugs which it dissolves. The store on Melee Island also carries grog-o-mints which will
give your breath the smell of a minty lush.
Grog contains one or more of the following:
red dye no2
If you drink this, please send me an address which I may mail your next of kin a sympathy card.
As you can probably imagine, it's one of the most caustic, volatile substances known to man.
You don't want to waste time drinking your Grog because it will eat through your mug and
melt anything in it's path. You can also find Grog in Machines such as these.
More on GROG from Monkey Island screen shots.
The less entertaining, but also less deadly Grog
18th Century Grog is a mixture of rum, sugar, lemon juice, and water, and it was issued to the crews of the Royal Navy.
The lemon juice kept the men healthy and lowered the risk of scurvy, sugar should take the bite off
the lemon juice, and the rum improved the taste and kept up the spirit of the crew, while the water
weakened the alcoholic effect of the drink.
Further down the time line pretty much any diluted alcoholic beverage given to sailors acquired the name grog.
Now days it's a common reference to any sort of alcoholic beverage. (Most commonly heard in Australia)
How To Make Grog
Get your favorite rum.
Add lemon and sugar until satisfied.
Dilute with Water if necessary.
I'll probably have to add numbers to this, but you're welcome to tell me how you like it.
Another recipe calls for a cinnamon stick and boiling water. I guess that might work since
there was no ice in the Caribbean.
Alternate Recipe (I think it needs more rum.)
1 shot rum
1 teaspoon sugar (preferably superfine)
Squeeze of lime juice
Stir all ingredients, adding enough boiling water to fill mug or glass.
My Experiment with Grog
So I finally broke down and made a glass of Grog one night. Uncertain on where to start,
I decided on a heavy lemon juice content. After pouring the 151, I doubled the amount of
151 with the lemon extract, added a spoon full of sugar and topped off the glass with
water. Judging by the color of the drink below, you can guess that this was basically a
glass of spiked lemonade. The lemon out powered the rum and the water, so I'll have to
try it out again sometime.
Other people's experiments with Grog
If you would like to share your grog story for this page, send it to me.
From a Halloween Party in New York
Here's how the grog ended up. At first we went very
traditional: just rum, water, some lemon juice and a
bit of sugar. Then we tasted it and thought it was a
bit dull... Also, we wanted more VOLUME. So we added
VODKA! PLus, of course, more water. And then someone
got the BRILLIANT idea to go get apples, slice them up
and add them to the mix! That was really the crowning
touch. The grog was GREAT after that. Highly potent
(alcoholic), but it tasted yummy with the apples! The
fire made it smell terrific and taste sorta like a hot
- Bev Spence examines the problem of how
grog was made and when it was served.
Everything About Rum
- Grog's undiluted predecessor.
The Contemplator's History of Grog
- A much more detailed
Copy-right-handed-rule by Kent
Last Modified: Sunday, 20-Apr-2008 15:31:44 CDT