hist-brewing: grog

Mansfield, Scott (INV-RC) Scott_Mansfield at DSTInnovis.com
Thu Jan 6 15:35:42 PST 2000


Re: what is grog 
According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: "Rum diluted with
water. In 1740 Admiral Vernon when Commander in Chief West Indies
substituted watered down run for the neat spirit then issued to both
officers and men. The admiral was nicknamed Old Grog from his Grogram coat
and the name was transferred to the new beverage...Originally issued twice
daily (a quarter pint of rum with a pint of water)...(My book is torn here
but evidently the ration was reduced as time went on) Grog ration to all
ratings ended on 31 July 1970."

Scott Mansfield


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