Navy Grog | Victor Bergeron Recipe

Navy Grog – Victor Bergeron’s Version of This Classic Tiki Cocktail

Victor Bergeron Recipe Vs Donn Beach Recipe

Donn Beach and Victor Bergeron’s Navy Grog recipes are very similar and practically the same drink. The only difference between the two recipes is Donn Beach’s uses honey instead of allspice dram and has an ounce of soda water added too. The Biggest difference is actually the ice. Donn Beach’s recipe calls for a cone of shaved ice around the straw. Victor Bergeron’s recipe call for shaking the cocktail with shaved or crushed ice and then pouring the whole contents of the shaker, ice and all, into the glass.

If you pick up Trader Vic’s cocktail book the recipe will call for 3 ounces of Vic’s Navy Grog Mix. Obviously this was just to sell his own Trader Vic branded mixers that no long exist, but fortunately for us Victor Bergeron never really kept his Navy Grog mix recipe a secret. Vic’s Navy grog was equal parts lime juice, grapefruit juice and Allspice Dram. Knowing that and the rest of the recipe printed in the book we can perfectly recreate the Trader Vic’s Navy Grog cocktail.

The Most Important Ingredient

The allspice dram is what sets the Victor Bergeron version apart from the Donn Beach recipe and I personally feel this is the better version. While the honey in Donn’s adds a bit more sweetness the allspice liqueur adds a nice cinnamon, clove spice to this one. So try the two. They are nearly identical and see which one you prefer.

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Navy Grog – Victor Bergeron’s Version of This Classic Tiki Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

339

kcal
ABV

25%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Navy Grog.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice

  • 1 oz Allspice Dram

  • 1 oz White Rum

  • 1 oz Black Rum

  • 1 oz Anejo Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients into a shaker.
  • Add a scoop of shaved ice. If you do not have shaved ice then crushed ice will do.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour the whole shaker into the serving glass. Ice and all.

Notes

Singapore Sling Cocktail

Singapore Sling – Original 1915 Ngiam Tong Boon Recipe

This cocktail is actually more tiki like than a sling in the traditional manner. The Singapore sling was invented in 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon while working at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Slings started out originally as more of a boozy citrus shooter, and over time they got lengthened and sweeter. This one most likely a tropical variation of the Straits Sling.

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Singapore Sling – Original 1915 Ngiam Tong Boon Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Singapore
Servings

1

servings
Calories

259

kcal
ABV

11%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Singapore Sling.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 4 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 1/3 oz Grenadine

  • 1/3 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 1/2 oz Cherry Liqueur

  • 1/3 oz Benedictine

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1 oz Dry Gin

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.

Notes

Pina Colada Cocktail

Pina Colada – Classic 1950s Puerto Rican Cocktail

This damn fine drink was invented in Puerto Rico in the 1950s and three folks claim to have invented it. Ramon Marrero in 1952, Ricardo Garcia a couple years later, and Ramon Mingot in 1963. Chances are they all made some variation of the same thing. Come on, it’s the Caribbean, I bet they were not the first people to mix rum with coconut and pineapple.

The Pina Colada is the official cocktail of Puerto Rico.You can leave out the heavy cream if you want a more pineapple-y tasting drink, but its best with condensed milk in place of the heavy cream. Condensed milk is super popular in Cuba and Puerto Rico, my dad is from Cuba and him and his side of the family love this stuff. Also this is awesome blended and turned into a slushy.

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Pina Colada – Classic 1950s Puerto Rican Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

702

kcal
ABV

7%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Pina Colada.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 2/3 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2 oz Heavy Cream

  • 4 oz Coconut Cream

  • 2 oz White Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker or blender. Add ice.
  • Vigorously shake or blend the ingredients.
  • Pour in a glass.

Notes

Rum Swizzle Cocktail

Rum Swizzle – Classic Caribbean Mixed Drink

Some say that to truly experience an authentic swizzle cocktail one must use a swizzle stick to swizzle the drink. What the hell, you may ask, is a swizzle stick? What is swizzling? A swizzle stick is a long branch with a bunch of smaller branches coming out of the end and it comes from the Caribbean Swizzle tree. You then use the swizzle stick to mix the drink by spinning it between your palms quickly. This has a similar effect to shaking the cocktail since it mixes, aerate and rapidly cools the cocktail.

Now you don’t have to live in the Caribbean and use real swizzle tree branch to do this. If you try to buy one online they run about 20 bucks a branch! and it literally just a stupid stick. There are metal swizzle sticks and those go for about the same price but at least those are metal. What I would do if I were you is just swizzle it with your bar spoon for the same effect or just use a shaker. The shaker will make for a better product anyway.

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Rum Swizzle – Classic Caribbean Mixed Drink

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Caribbean
Servings

1

servings
Calories

225

kcal
ABV

14%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Rum Swizzle.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Orange Juice

  • 1.5 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 1 oz Gold Rum

  • 1 oz Black Rum

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass. Combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Swizzle the cocktail for 20 – 30 seconds to properly mix, chill and dilute the drink. If you do not have a swizzle stick then simply shake the drink.

Notes

Acapulco Cocktail

Acapulco Cocktail – Mexican Style Tiki Cocktail

The Acapulco is the Mexican version of a Caribbean cocktail. Named after the once famous beach in Mexico, The Acapulco is a refreshing and slightly tart cocktail. Honestly I didn’t really know how to classify this one. Is it a highball? It has all the proportions of a highball. Is it more like a tiki? Its’ got all the tiki juices in it. I had to pick something so I went with Tiki.

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Acapulco Cocktail – Mexican Style Tiki Cocktail

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

249

kcal
ABV

13%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Acapulco cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice

  • 2.5 oz Pineapple Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1 oz Gold Rum

  • 1 oz Reposado Tequila

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass filled with ice.

Notes

Straits Sling Cocktail

Straits Sling Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

This recipe come from Robert Vermeire and his 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. Written while he worked at the New York Embassy Club in London, this sling was developed around the same time as the more famous Singapore Sling.

The Straits Sling follows in the traditional Sling style more than the Singapore Sling. Slings were originally small strong drinks one would sling em’ back in the same way folks today shoot back shots. Either way both are great and if you pour this one over crushed ice it’s perfect.

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Straits Sling Cocktail – Original 1922 Robert Vermeire Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

245

kcal
ABV

26%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Straits Sling Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Benedictine

  • 2 dashes Aromatic Bitters

  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Kirschwasser

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

  • 1 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

Durango Cocktail

Durango Cocktail – Original 1972 Trader Vic’s Recipe

This is exactly the same structurally as the Paloma but it substitutes orgeat(almond) syrup for the normal simple syrup. Where the Paloma has a refreshing clean grapefruit flavor, the orgeat gives the Durango a really cool nutty and cherry-ish flavor.

The earliest reference I can find of this, is in Trader Vic’s 1972 revised bartending guide. The original 1947 edition did not have any tequila cocktails in it.

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Durango Cocktail – original Trader Vic’s Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

200

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Durango Cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit

  • 1.5 oz Silver Tequila

  • 2 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

Paloma Cocktail

Paloma Cocktail – Fresh Grapefruit Juice Recipe

There are two ways to make this. 1). This way, its more tart and fruity or 2). With 3oz (90 mls) of grapefruit soda. The grapefruit soda replaces the grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and soda water. It’s sweeter and easier but not quite as good.

Truth is I don’t know which is the older version of the cocktail. From all my digging around I can cite multiple sources that claim the soda one was first and others that claim the juice version is older. If you’re going to go the soda route then grapefruit Izze or a Grapefruit Agua Fresca sounds good. Tequila with squirt sounds a little ratchet, but thats just my opinion.

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Paloma Cocktail – Fresh Grapefruit Juice Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

294

kcal
ABV

10%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a fresh grapefruit paloma.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 2.5 oz Grapefruit Juice

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila

  • 2.5 oz Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

Mai Tai Cocktail

Mai Tai Cocktail – Original 1944 Victor Bergeron Recipe

History of The Mai Tai

The Mai Tai has unfortunately become the rum dumpster of tiki drinks. Anything remotely tiki like is called a Mai Tai. The recipe here is the original recipe for the Mai Tai created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron at his Trader Vic’s bar in Oakland, California. The Mai Tai predates the Tiki craze of the 1950-60s and is viewed as the quintessential tiki cocktail. The book describes how Victor Bergeron created the drink and how it got its name. The Mai Tai got its’ name when Victor gave the first two he made to two Tahitian friends of his. One of them exclaimed “Mai Tai-Roa Ae” which translates to “Out of this world-the best”. Thus the cocktail earned it’s name, the Mai Tai. Contrary to popular belief the Mai Tai is not Hawaiian or Polynesian in any way. The cocktail was created in 1944 by Victor Bergeron in Oakland, California at his Polynesian themed bar, Trader Vic’s Bar. The Tiki drink craze originated in California immediately after the repeal of prohibition. Both Victor Bergeron and Donn Beach are credited with creating the first tiki themed bars. In 1933 Donn opened Donn the Beachcomber in Hollywood and in 1934 Vic opened Trader Vic’s Bar in the Bay Area, and still to this day, almost every famous Tiki cocktail was one of their creations.

So how does it Taste

The Mai Tai doesn’t taste like most people think it does because most people have not had a real one made with good ingredients. Most are just overly artificially sweet drinks made with pre-made Mai Tai mixer. While there are better Mai Tai mixers out there, even the best don’t compare to one made with real ingredients. So what should a good Mai Tai taste like? A good Mai Tai should have a slight molasses taste with strong notes of almond, cherry, orange, and citrus. Most mixers and orgeat syrups just taste like almonds and the flavor most of these syrups miss is the cherry flavor. Which leads into why orgeat is the most important ingredient in the mai tai and why there is absolutely no substitute for good orgeat.

The Most Important Ingredient

The most important ingredient in the Mai Tai is the Orgeat syrup. The orange liqueur is important too but the orgeat you use will either make or break this drink. So what is orgeat and what does a good orgeat taste like? The classic 1800s French orgeat is a bitter almond syrup. Bitter almonds taste very different from sweet almonds which are what we typically eat. Almonds are part of the rosaceae (rose) family of plants and all rosaceae plant’s seeds contain varying levels of amygdalin which the body processes into cyanide. Bitter almonds are not really sold in the US anymore because they produce around 1000x the level of cyanide than sweet almonds. You could eat sweet almonds all day and be fine but just 10 bitter almonds will kill a grown man. Thats also why they say not to eat apple seeds since they are part of the same family too. Amygdalin smells and taste like cherries. If you are curious to smell and taste this exact flavor then go to the grocery store and in the baking aisle buy some almond extract. Almond baking extracts are made from bitter almonds with the amygdalin neutralized. Orgeat should not taste like just sweet almond milk, Orgeat should taste like almonds and cherries. And this is what 90% of orgeat syrup and Mai Tai mixers get wrong. They just taste like almonds. If you wanna know what made the Mai Tai famous and taste the original then do some research and buy a bottle of top shelf orgeat. These ones sold in stores have the cyanide neutralized and still taste great. I recommend just spending the money and buying a good one. I’ve tried making my own with an old 1800s barley water orgeat syrup recipe I found and used bitter almond extract instead of real bitter almonds. It tasted spot on in the end but it cost 2x as much as buying it, took a whole day to make, was a lot of work, and in the end not much better than a 9 oz bottle I could have bought for 13 bucks. Sure that’s a steep price for 9 oz but your only other option is a gross drink. Sadly there is no substitute for a good orgeat.

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Mai Tai Cocktail – Original 1944 Victor Bergeron Recipe

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

227

kcal
ABV

24%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the original Mai Tai cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 tsp Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat

  • 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur

  • 1 oz Gold Rum

  • 1 oz Black Rum

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker and add ice to the shaker.
  • Shake the ingredients till the shaker is ice cold and develops a frost.
  • Strain into glass with ice and garnish with a bouquet of mint leaves.

Notes

Hurricane Cocktail

Hurricane Cocktail – Classic New Orleans Cocktail

The hurricane was invented in the 1940s during World War 2 at Pat O’Brians in New Orleans. While not actually a tiki drink it’s ocean related and thats good enough. Story goes that the folks who controlled the import of European spirits jacked the prices way up and set conditions that for each bottle of European spirits purchased, a certain amount of the more plentiful but less desirable Caribbean rums had to be purchased too.

With tons of unused rum about, the owner of Pat O’Brians decided to mix a drink using as much of it as possible. The result is this massive and very boozy drink with a lot of juice and sweetener to hide the whopping 120 mls (4 oz) of rum. This will get you drunk, and drunk is the best way to experience New Orleans.

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Hurricane Cocktail – Classic New Orleans Cocktail

5 from 1 vote
Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

405

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the classic Hurricane cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Juice

  • 1 oz Grenadine

  • 2 oz Passion Fruit Juice

  • 2 oz Black Rum

  • 2 oz White Rum

Directions

  • Add ice to the serving glass.
  • Combine all the ingredients in the serving glass.
  • Give the drink a few turns to chill and mix.

Notes