Vernon's Grog recipe
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Grog has varied in strength throughout history, but vice-admiral Eward Vernon, the inventor of grog and a supporter of sailor's rights, first made grog with these measurements. At first, grog consisted of just rum and water, but it didn't take long for lemon juice and sugar to be added for flavor. It wasn't until 1851, roughly one hundred years after its invention, that other condiments were officially added.
A sailor's daily ration of grog consisted of the equivalent of 8 double shots of whiskey.
Pour the rum into the container of your choice. A mug is suggested if a hot beverage is desired, but a glass works for a cool drink. Real Jamaican rum has the strong flavor that's desired for grog. Add sugar. Brown sugar can work as a substitute; white sugar is too flavorless to work well. Add a good tablespoon of lemon juice. Add cool or boiling water, depending on choice. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
For extra flavor, cinnamon, in the form of a stick or powder, can be added. One stick or a pinch of powdered cinnamon is sufficient.
posted by Puddin' @ 09:33PM, 2/10/07
Most of the grog recipes i saw out there were not traditional and more to the point.... Hot. I don't like hot drinks, AND they aren't very piraty. But I liked this recipe, this one was cold, however; the sugar wasn't dissolved very well.
To fix this, i made a brown sugar simple syrup (2 parts sugar to one part pure water)
and added the spices to the syrup when cooking it.
Use the syrup instead of the sugar, and that's it. enjoy.
posted by Rafi @ 07:14AM, 12/30/07
Actually, according to some articles that I have read, the rum to water ratio was as strong as 2 to 1. Also, lime can be used instead of lemon (sailors weren't too picky).
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