Serve inDouble old-fashioned
Photographed inLibbey DOF 14.25oz
How to make:
SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
|2 fl oz||Navy rum (54.5% alc./vol.)|
|1/2 fl oz||Lime juice (freshly squeezed)|
|1/2 fl oz||Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°brix)|
|1 1/2 fl oz||Chilled water|
|2 dash||Angostura Aromatic Bitters|
Strong, flavoursome navy rum with a splash of scurvy-inhibiting lime. Properly mixed at the right dilution, this is a great drink. However, too many and you'll be groggy in the morning.
Previously, I have chosen to use Muscovado or Demerara sugar syrup in this cocktail but on reflection and retrial, I now find the assertive flavours of dark sugar overly dominate the nuances of the Navy rum. Hence, I now favour bog-standard cane sugar syrup or even cane juice sugar syrup.
As per Chris Lamb's comment below, you may want to scale your daily tot back a tad, in which case, to fill a standard 12oz old-fashioned glass, shake:
60ml (2/3oz) Navy Rum
15ml (1/2oz) Lime juice
15ml (1/2oz) Sugar syrup (2:1)
50ml (1 2/3oz) Chilled water
2 dashes Aromatic bitters
Grogs were probably originally sweetened with honey and you may want to try substituting three spoons of runny honey in place of the sugar syrup. I've tried both and prefer sugar to honey in this drink, although I'm partial to a blend of the two.
For over 300 years the British Navy issued a daily 'tot' of rum, sometimes with double issues before battle. In 1740, as an attempt to combat drunkenness, Admiral Vernon gave orders that the standard daily issue of half a pint of neat, high-proof rum be replaced with two servings of a quarter of a pint, diluted 4:1 with water. The Admiral was nicknamed 'Old Grogram' due to the waterproof grogram cloak he wore, so the mixture he introduced became known as 'grog'. Lime juice was often added to the grog in an attempt to prevent scurvy, lending British sailors their 'limey' nickname.
The 'tot' tradition, which was started by the British Navy in Jamaica in 1665, was finally broken on 31st July 1970, a day known as Black Tot Day, although by then the 'tot' had been reduced to a meagre two ounces.
I hate to let the truth ruin a good story but drinks historians now say that grog emanates from an earlier period than Old Grogram.
- 1.9 standard drinks
- 19.61% alc./vol. (39.22° proof)
- 26.6 grams of pure alcohol
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