Snowshoe Grog

February 16, 2010 (Day 17) — Snowshoe Grog

Hey kids! Mr. Nomenclature here, with your new word of the day! Today’s super-fantastic-wonderful word: Grog!

Seriously… I’m a goddamn doctor of journalism!

From Wikipedia. (And if you can’t trust Wikipedia, who can you trust?!)

The word grog refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water or “small beer” (a weak beer) and rum, which was introduced into the Royal Navy by British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon (nicknamed “Old Grog” by the sailors) on 21 August 1740. Modern versions of the drink are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar and nutmeg was known as bumboo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.

Tonight’s cocktail is another part of my recent winter-themed drinks called Snowshoe Grog. Does it have rum? Nope. Boiling water? Shore not! Weak beer? Nada. Lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar? Er… Well… No. So why this is a grog?

Thank you Wikipedia: By contrast, in Australia and New Zealand, the word has come to mean any alcoholic drink.

Does this drink have alcohol in it? You bet your sweet ass it does!

Grog achieved!


But enough! GROG ME!

  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 1.5 oz. peppermint schnapps

Yes, peppermint schnapps makes a return appearance on this blog. And I’ve got to say, the more stuff I mix it with, the more I’m beginning to appreciate it’s versatility. Again, I would never take this bastard by itself (he’ll mess you up), but mixed with some other liquors it does quite well backing it up.

Now THAT’S a grog!

Pretty good. As I mentioned above, I’m starting to appreciate how well peppermint schnapps compliments other liquors — especially bourbon. It has a great warming sensation. This is a great drink on a cold winter night.

Genieße das Leben ständig!

Du bist länger tot als lebendig!

— Mark


  1. Hot chocolate and commercially produced Snowshoe Grog (brandy and peppermint schnapps) has been a winter standard since my father mixed the first. I was of legal age. Mix it a little strong and you’ll sleep like a babe, at least I do.

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