31st July sees Pusser’s Rum celebrate the historic Black Tot Day at The Beach in Camden’s Roundhouse. In honour of the event, navy seadogs and patrons alike can experience the classic naval cocktail, the Grog, with a special Pusser’s twist.
How to make the ultimate Pusser’s Grog:
1) Pour 2oz of Pusser’s rum into glass full of ice
2) Add 1 teaspoon of unrefined dark cane sugar
3) Squeeze half a lime into the glass and stir
4) Garnish with another wedge and serve
When rum became the substitute for beer and wine within the Navy, the Admiralty noticed that sailors were becoming too drunk from their daily ration. However, in 1740, Vice Admiral Vernon ordered that the rum ration be watered down; men did not take this decision lightly and renamed the daily tot as ‘Grog’; a dismissive nod to the grogram cloak Vernon wore. Throughout the years, this drink has been modified to suit a sweeter tooth, hence the adding of sugar and lime.
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.”
Join the Pusser’s team and sample this classic cocktail on the 31st July 2014 at The Camden Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH.