Navy Grog

Posted by TraderTiki on February 13th, 2008 — Posted in Don the Beachcomber, Garnish, Rum, Teardrop Tiki Menu

The first of 13 drinks that will be available on the special menu Feb 19th, during Tiki Third Tuesday at Teardrop Lounge.

One of the true classics of the Tiki Trade, the Navy Grog was first developed by Don the Beachcomber, but found such popularity (as well as the decor, music, et cet) as to become a staple of most Tiki restaurants. This was likely in name only, as Don was known to be quite secretive about his drink recipes.

This drink is written on Don’s “Delectable Thirty” souvenir menu as “A robust rum punch dedicated to the gallant men of the American navy.”, and was served for the princely sum of $1.75, though earlier menus, from 1948, show it once priced at 80¢ . The picture is of a simple double-rocks glass, with a rather curious creation holding the straw. Don’s bartenders had a way with shaved ice, and would often make small cups or crusts, even iced rims for the drinks. When you’re looking for a quick garnish, why not use the most prevalent ingredient around?

Mucho Mahalos to Jeff “Beachbum” Berry for providing an updated recipe for the Navy Grog, and contributing some more information on this most venerable drink.

Navy Grog with Ice Cone

Navy Grog (circa 1941 version)

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce white grapefruit juice (not pink or red!)
  • 3/4 ounce soda water
  • 1 ounce honey mix (1:1 honey and water, heat but do not boil, then cool it and bottle it; will keep 2 weeks in fridge)
  • 1 ounce white Puerto Rican rum
  • 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 ounce Lemon Hart Demerara rum (El Dorado 8-year or 12-year Demerara OK to sub, but not the 5- or 15-year)

Shake vigorously with ice cubes. Strain into a double old-fashioned glass with ice-cone around straw.

Navy Grog Ice Cone. To make cone, pack a footed pilsner glass with finely shaved ice, run a chopstick through the middle to make a hole for the straw, and then gently remove cone from glass. Freeze cone overnight, or at least 4 hours till hardened). When ready to serve, run straw through cone. Drink is sipped through straw. (NOTE: Cones will last 2 to 3 days in the freezer, after which they will start to evaporate.)

The drink will be available on Feb. 19th, the Ice cone will not.   It’s a fantastic garnish, but can make it a bit of a doozy to grasp the straw.  It sure is pretty though!

Pictured instructions for creating the ice cone will be on the site soon.

Keep watching, more menu items daily until the 19th.  The first Tiki Third Tuesday is less than a week away!

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Comment by Heather

I must say I was a little skeptical about the function of the ice cone, but the drink was extra cold and it made a difference in the flavor. Though it was a bit tricksy to actually get a hold of the straw!

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 10:25 am

Comment by SR

Beachbum Berry includes a recipe for the Trader Vic version of the Navy Grog on his blog at:

Posted on April 16, 2008 at 8:43 am

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