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Pass The Grog

For 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:

  • 1 cup warm water (For more authentic flavor collect rain water and leave it outdoors in a wooden container for a week or so)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 Cup warm rum (The cheap stuff)
  • A quick squeeze of lemon or lime
  • A dash of nutmeg or cinnimon
Yum... Can't wait to board Queen Anne's Revenge and spend the next 3 months with this stuff! Like so many things that we have romanced about pirates grog just wasn't that pleasant. When we have a minute let me tell you about their bathroom activities or how they treated venereal disease - one myth is true; pirates where a lusty lot!

Or you can try my modern version:

  • 7 Oz Diet Coke (OK, use ginger ale if you must)
  • 2 OZ Captian Morgan's Spiced Rum
  • A squezze of lemon juice
  • A cinnamon stick
Hmm... That sounds a lot like the classic rum and coke. Maybe the pirates were on to something.




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