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Pass The GrogFor 200 years or so grog has been associated with pirates. Ashore, I'm sure they prefered someting a bit more pleasant. Grog was simply watered down rum - or more correctly rummed down water. You see, in the days of piracy water was stored aboard ship in wooden casks. It didn't take long for the water to start to collect algee and other muck. To make this green, slimey mess drinkable they would add rum to the casks (which would also delay some of the algee) citris juice in the form of lemons or limes and sometimes some spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg were popular.
This isn't to say that they didn't drink their share of rum striaght. But just like today, that could cause problems of it's own. I can't imagine Eddie (that's Edward Teach or Blackbeard to the rest of you) allowing his crew to become intoxicated when they may be called to battle.
Anyway, here is my interpretation of grog:
Or you can try my modern version: