The days are now tiny. The dark goes on for ages and its much more comfortable to be indoors after the sun goes down. You just want to curl up on the couch with a hot bev but need something a bit more butch than a cup of tea. So what will it be? Mulled wine? Too much fuss. Egg nog too milky. Irish coffee? No. Hot grog is my poison.
In England* grog usually means a drink mixed with rum. The British Navy used to give rations of grog to the sailors. They got a pint of rum(neat) a day mixed with a quart of water. They were allowed two pints before battle(!!) and also after-if they won. Lime juice was often added to this mix to prevent scurvey. Add honey and you've got a drink thats to DIE for. YUM. This is how my hot grog is done:
Put 3 teaspoons of honey into a cup that won't crack with heat. Add one shot of a strong dark rum. 1/4 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice and 2 1/2 shots of boiling water. Stir it all up and drink it.
If you do make it, and love it like I do you may want to invest in Diffords Guide #7, the cocktail bible. You can buy it from amazon. Happy winter!
*In Australia grog can mean any alcoholic beverage. This is because when Australia was first settled grog was pretty much the only thing available to drink.