Navy Grog cocktail

Navy Grog cocktail
Navy Grog is a cocktail made from 3 varieties of rum combined with lime juice, grapefruit juice and some honey syrup.
The first Grog drink was made with rum and water and dates back to 1740 when it was introduced to the British Royal Navy.
Navy Grog as we know it today was created by Donn Beach who was experimenting with rums in 1940s.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Highball / Collins glass


  • 30 ml white rum
  • 30 ml demerara rum
  • 30 ml dark rum
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 25 ml grapefruit juice
  • 20 ml honey syrup
  • club soda (to top up)
  • 1 orange slice (to garnish)
  • 1 cherry (to garnish)


  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in all three rums, both fruit juices and the honey syrup.
  • Shake well for 30 seconds until chilled.
  • Strain the liquid into a collins glass filled with ice.
  • Top up with some soda.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.


What does grog mean?

Grog is an alcoholic liqueur (such as rum) mixed with water and served with lemon juice and sugar.

Why did sailors drink rum?

The tradition of rum and the sea began in the Caribbean in the 16th century. To keep the crew hydrated, sailors had to store water, beer and rum. Rum could spend the longest period of time in the ship’s bowels without going bad. The sailors were given a daily ration of rum which was called a “tot” until 1970. Extra tots were sometimes given to those who were braver and more willing.

White grapefruit has a stronger flavour than pink grapefruit.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.