I Am The Grog Master: The Official Phoodie.info Grog Recipe

grogToday’s a big day at Phoodie.info/Philebrity HQ: A little later this afternoon, we’re heading down to the kitchen at National Mechanics in Old City, where we will be preparing our first official pots of grog for this evening from 5-8PM, when we present the first of Philebrity’s Sailor Jerry Grog Parties. (Admisson is free, invite friends on Facebook here.) For the uninitiated, grog is a centuries-old mixture of rum, water, fruit, spices and what have you; it has built empires. And when the temperature starts to dip and you’re enjoying the company of good friends, a good pot of grog can make one feel that all is right in the world. Tonight’s appointed grogmaster will be our own Ruthie Carpenter, who’s made quite a few pots of grog over the last five or six years. Her recipe is a little different in that it includes apple cider — other, more rustic versions often rely on lemon juice and spices — but we think you’ll find that the inclusion adds a holiday flavor that’s hard to beat. Here’s how you do it:

· 1/2 Gallon Apple Cider
· 1/2 Gallon Water
·1 Bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum (750ml)
·1 Apple Sliced
·1 Orange whole stuffed with whole cloves
·Juice of 2 lemons
·1 Lemon sliced
·1 tsp cinnamon or a few cinnamon sticks
·1 tsp nutmeg

Place all ingredients in a large pot. Slowly heat on low being careful not to boil (you want this to be boozy). When hot, stir, then serve in a mug, using a ladel, careful to distribute pieces of fruit.

Grogmaster Ruth has reminded us of a few addendums: Be careful with those spices, and keep in mind that both the rum and cider are already spiced. Too many spices in addition can make like a slurry at the bottom of the pot that you want to avoid. And we cannot stress this enough: DO NOT BOIL. For if you do, all the booze boils off with it, and really, what would the point of that be? And lastly, make sure you enjoy this with good friends, and great music. To test-drive this recipe, come on down tonight. Until then, please enjoy The Dubliners performing the old Irish folk tune, “All For Me Grog.”

“GROG IS GREAT; GROG IS GOOD.” Philebrity’s Grog Parties. Thursdays — Nov. 19, Dec. 3, Jan. 14, from 5-8PM. Featuring Piping Hot, Delicious Grog and Earthy Tunes. National Mechanics, 22 S. Third Street. 21+ No cover.

  • Okonkwo Pride

    how is this different from mulled apple cider?

  • http://philebrity.com tips

    It’s definitely in the same family, that’s for sure, but note the differences. From Cooks.com:

    1/2 gallon of apple cider
    a 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
    1 whole lemon, cut in quarters
    1 whole orange, cut in quarters
    1 or 2 (2″) cinnamon sticks
    pinch of allspice (optional)
    5 whole cloves
    Combine ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

  • Marty B.

    Certainly a good winter drink, but this is really a cider punch, not a grog. To retain grogginess, you’d need more than 20% rum to cut your cider/water mix.

    Any empire-builder using the featured recipe to fuel his or her navy will be plagued with mutiny.

  • Ruth

    We really ended up using about half rum to the cider / water mix. It was fantastic.

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