Navy Grog

How to Make a Navy Grog dark rum cocktail

Which rum is best for a a Navy Grog cocktail?

A Navy Grog is best when 2-3 rum styles combine and work together. For this recipe, the lighter 5+3 aged rum with its hazelnut character and the 5+5 with its richer molasses edge work together to achieve a proper balance in the Navy Grog. Optionally, you can also seek out an overproof rum like Hamilton’s Demerara 151 and float a half ounce for an aromatic garnish.

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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple.

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About Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum blends the lighter Baja Rum with the richer Guyana style and ages for 5 years in the Caribbean followed by 3 years in Jerez, Spain in Palo Cortado casks. The smooth character of the 5+3 is awash with pleasant vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and subtle maple. 

Ingredients to make a Navy Grog cocktail

1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+3 Rum

1 oz. Dos Maderas 5+5 Rum

.75 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

.5 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. honey syrup (1:1)

Frozen ice cone or crushed ice

Navy Grog cocktail Recipe - Step by step how to prepare a rum cocktail

1.

Add equal part boiling water to honey, stir until fully integrated and let cool.

2.

Chill a Double-Rocks glass.

3.

Cut a lime in half and juice.

4.

Cut a grapefruit in quarters and juice.

5.

Add to your shaker all your ingredients & shake with cracked ice

6.

Double-strain with a fine mesh strainer into your chilled glass.
7.

Top with crushed ice or add homemade ice cone.

8.
Garnish with fresh mint and expelled lime shell.
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Optional garnish: freshly grated nutmeg.
10.
Serve with a reusable straw.

Origins of the Navy Grog cocktail

The name Edward Vernon may perhaps sound familiar. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate and former plantation is named in his honor by way of Washington’s elder half-brother Lawrence, who served under him when he was a Vice-Admiral in the British Royal Navy. Yet clearly, Vernon’s highest claim to the story of our modern civilization is the terminology behind the Navy Grog. In the 1740’s, Vernon instituted a regimen of watering down daily rum rations for his British squadron so that they would not over-imbibe while at sea. His crew often referred to Vernon by the nickname “Old Grog” due to his choice in grogram coat fabric and the name transferred to the newly mixed rum water brew. Sailors would then opt to exchange food rations to add lime and sugar to make the drink more palatable and thus you have the stark origins of the word grog and its linguistic relation to the base structure of an Old Navy Grog cocktail. Bit of a tangled woven web, as you can see.

Navy Grog dark rum cocktail Variations and types

The key thing to remember about Trader Vic is that he was super secretive about his recipes so his exact proportions and ingredients are always a bit up for debate. But the main differences involve subbing in sugar syrup instead of honey and adding Allspice Dram for a spicier accent.
In honor of the Admiral’s notoriety as being a bitter old man, this version by San Francisco bartender Sam Miller is sort of a combination of the Donn Beach & Trader Vic recipes with the inclusion of a more bitter element, Cynar Amaro.

FAQ

While, technically Admiral Edward Vernon started watering down British naval rum rations in 1740, the more consistent modern mix of rum, water, lime, grapefruit & honey is a 1941 creation by Don the Beachcomber, a.k.a. Donn Beach.
Donn Beach, born Ernest Raymond Gantt, (February 22, 1907 – June 7, 1989) was one of two famous “founding fathers” of famed post-World War tiki drink culture. He opened the first tiki bar, Don the Beachcomber, during 1930s Post-Prohibition Hollywood and later expanded to a chain of dozens of restaurants throughout the United States. He is also credited with creating the potent Zombie cocktail.
Grog is a shortened form of grogram or grosgrain, a type of tightly woven ribbon like fabric that former Admiral Edward Vernon preferred in his coat attire.

Cocktails with Dos Maderas 5+3

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