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Alcoholic Beverages - Navy Grog

Now that Lent is over, I am experimenting with alcohol. Can you tell?

I was going to try making Navy Grog tonight, but the liquor store across from my house is closed on Sundays, and we don't have any run. I bought some other things anyway, so I would have everything else I needed before making the grog.

I checked out the recipe at Webtender, and I had to laugh. It calls for one ounce each of light, gold, and dark rum, plus an ounce of Grand Marnier, plus half an ounce each of lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and passion fruit juice.

Sorry, but I know that's not what sea dogs in the Royal Navy drank.

A more realisic list of ingredients appears to be this:

Rum, sea water, lemon juice, and molasses.

One story has it that grog was invented by an Admiral Vernon (known as 'Old Grog' because he wore a ratty grogham coat the way Columbo wears a trench coat), who was trying to reduce drunkenness in ship crews by rationing them a drink that was 80% water and 20% rum, with probably some lemon juice squeezed in. Crews got four ounces before breadfast and four ounces before supper. They had to drink their grog on the spot, to keep them from saving it up to get plastered on later.

Another story goes that the rum was added to sea water to mask the disgusting taste of sea water that had been stored in wooden barrels for extensive lengths of time in an effort to desalinate the water. This usually didn't work, though, and instead, the water grew algae. I'm sure there's some truth in both stories.

Grog stopped being issued on American ships in September of 1861, when the departure of the Southern members of Congress and the Senate left a majority of teetotalers in both houses. American grog, by the way, often used whiskey instead of rum, to help support American economic interests. Grog continued to be issued on Royal Navy ships until the 1950's.

So tomorrow evening, I'm going to buy some Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum and some molasses and see how that goes with some lemon juice and water. I might maybe add a little sea salt in there for the sake of authenticity. We'll see.

A Question: What is grenadine used for?

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I know it's used in Tequila Sunrises and Shirley Temples. But I don't really drink, so I'm not of much use here, other than that. =)

oooh...grog. Sounds cool! Good luck in your endeavor! Whenever people talk about grog I think of "Master and Commander," and then I get very happy! :D

*loves Master and Commander!*

That was a great movie! I think my favorite parts were the violin and cello duets. (g)

Chantal

OOH I know! I just loved the whole thing. It's the kind of history I love: human ecosystems and cultures! PLUS I love the ocean: my favorite thing to do when I go to the beach is hear pirates stories and learn about the history of that area of beach! lol I know it's SO not a thing people think of when they think of the beach. But I love to do that sort of thing! hee hee!

PLUS all the actors were awesome!

I really shouldn't know the answer to that question, BUT from what I know, grenadine's mostly used in cocktails. I've mostly had it in Singapore Slings and Tequila Sunrises - tropical sort of drinks. Usage would be similar to sirop de cassis, I reckon.

I've mainly seen Grenadine used in cocktails and 'shooters' (mixed alcohol shots in the style of cocktails, often with a theme). It is used as an alcoholic red colouring, primarily.

For example: in the shooter Brain Haemorrhage, baileys is used over a layer of sambuca, and then grenadine is added to the top. With the solid baileys (due to the curdling effect of sambuca on baileys) the grenadine creates striking bloody vessels in appearance.

... Ex-barman, and irish, okay? It's not my fault I know this kind of thing.

Curdled Bailey's. Now that is just WRONG.

What does a Brain Hemorrhage taste like? Is the curdled Bailey's, ah, drinkable?

Chantal

My only advice re: curdles baileys and the drinkability of a Brain Haemorrhage is - don't leave it very long to curdle.

(And just to clarify, I have a massive mental block when it comes to spelling 'haemorrhage', partly because the American spelling doesn't include the a, but the British spelling does. Why this would be is unfathomable. I had to look both up just to make sure I wasn't going mad.)

Rich--*snicker* Reminds me of when I try to spell 'manoeuver' the British way. Makes my brain hurt.

Chantal

Grenadine is cherry flavoring.

Andrea--Thanks!

Chantal