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

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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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Learn how to make the Navy Grog.


  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice

  • 1 oz Allspice Dram

  • 1 oz White Rum

  • 1 oz Black Rum

  • 1 oz Anejo Rum


  • 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.


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