Pusser’s Rum Grog – “The Original Rum Cocktail”


Grog – The First Cocktail Ever Created

The 18th-century British Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed Old Grog for the grogram fabric cloak he wore, attempted to prevent scurvy among his men by serving them a pint of rum a day. The dark navy rum had nothing to do with scurvy, but it did lend itself to “the swinish vice of drunkenness”. As a result, Admiral Vernon ordered that the sailors tot of rum be mixed with water, lime juice, and brown sugar–making the world’s first cocktail. The drink was named Grog after Admiral Vernon.

George Washington’s half-brother, Captain Lawrence Washington, having served under Admiral Vernon during the War of Jenkins Ear, so admired Old Grog he named the family’s Virginia plantation Mount Vernon in his honour.

Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, explains, “the Grog is such a key rum cocktail, its history and heritage make it really important in the rum scene. When I was younger, I used to drink sugar, water and lime, and sometimes I would add rum – not even realising I was making a Grog. It’s such an easy and simple drink to make, but tastes great.” Check out this video of Ian Burrell making a Pusser’s Grog in Antartica.



2 oz/60 ml Pusser’s Rum

1-3 Teaspoon(s) unrefined dark cane sugar (to taste)

½ lime squeezed into the glass, and another ½ to garnish.


Serve Cold:
Add sugar and lime juice into a mixing glass and stir to dissolve sugar. Add Pusser’s Rum and 1 cube of ice to glass and stir until ice has diluted to more than half. Strain into a glass or mug over ice and garnish with a lime.

Serve Hot:
Mix Pusser’s Rum, lime juice, and sugar in a mug.Top with hot water and stir.