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Grog!

posted by Marduk on - last edited - Viewed by 230 users

As a non-drinker I imagine the Monkey Island recipe for Grog wouldn't taste as good to me if I took it without rum. Here's the recipe for those of you who haven't played SMI (spoiler tags for those of you who don't want to know until they have played it);

Grog contains one or more of the following:
kerosene
propylene glycol
sulphuric acid
artificial sweeteners
red dye no2
rum
acetone
battery acid
scumm
axle grease
and/or pepperoni

Here's a nice little site with several recipes for grog, including the one above. (I looked it up because I didn't want to copy it out from the game, replaying the same sequence over and over).

Now, I'd always been lead to believe that 'Grog' was customarily a drink made our of whatever remained of booze that had been brought aboard the ship and whatever fruit was going too soft and needed to be used before it went bad. (But hey, it's quite possible that, in those days, it was still used after it went bad).

However, reading up on wikipedia proved me wrong. Although I have seen many 'contemporary' recipes for grog it seems to me that Limes would be the most natural choice of fruit juice if trying to create a sense of authenticity to the flavour.

So what is the general opinion of Grog from TellTale players? Feel free to answer 1 or more of the following questions, you needn't feel compelled to answer all of them.

Have you ever tried it?
If so, have you tried more than one recipe?
Did you like it?
Do you have a preference?
Do you have a recipe of you own?
If you're experienced with cocktails do you feel inspired to experiment with your own recipe? If so please try it and tell us your findings :D

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  • I love rum, its actually one of the few "strong drinks" (dont know the word in english sorry) that i like to drink pure. Its really tasty and kinda sweet compared with other drinks. Mixed with other things (juices mostly, form strawberry or peach like in daiquiris) is also nice, but its like drinking juice, that tasty falvour of rum is mostly vanished.

    Never tried it with lime, but i ll be looking foward to it.


    *Fun-fact: in spanish, rum = ron.

  • We call strong drinks, such as rum, whiskey, etc, 'spirits' in english.

  • @Marduk said: We call strong drinks, such as rum, whiskey, etc, 'spirits' in english.

    In the U.S. "spirits" has kinda gone out of fashion, and might net you some weird looks from the younger population (at least on the East Coast, argh so many dialects of English). "Hard liquor" would suffice, though plenty of people here also just use "strong drinks" as well.

    Then again, it also would depend on the drink. Rum, vodka and the like certainly would use "hard liquor" or just plain old "alcohol" from the college age crowd here. While with something like absinthe "spirits" would actually probably still be more appropriate.

  • Yeah, I've heard them referred to as liquor in most United State'ian films throughout my life. It never caught on in the UK because it's still the term given to a blue substance used for cleaning the brushes and combs of hair-care professionals (though the term is dying out as it gets more scarcely used).

    I always assumed it came from "liqueurs", which are alcoholic syrups which are often encased in chocolates.

  • But what DID the actual Grog contain? (the pirates old-version..initial version of Grog).
    If I would like to make some right now, what should I get from the shop across the road? :)

  • @Silverwolfpet said: But what DID the actual Grog contain? (the pirates old-version..initial version of Grog).
    If I would like to make some right now, what should I get from the shop across the road? :)

    A light beer of sorts, and rum.
    Then if it tastes foul, add some lime juice.

  • @Ignatius said: I love rum, its actually one of the few "strong drinks" (dont know the word in english sorry) that i like to drink pure. Its really tasty and kinda sweet compared with other drinks. Mixed with other things (juices mostly, form strawberry or peach like in daiquiris) is also nice, but its like drinking juice, that tasty falvour of rum is mostly vanished.

    Never tried it with lime, but i ll be looking foward to it.


    *Fun-fact: in spanish, rum = ron.

    Ron as in Ron Gilbert? Interesting.

    In my house rum = delicious! :)

  • If you want something that tastes like the scary grog evoked in the Monkey Island games, put a double shot of rum in a pewter mug, add an equal amount of Rose's Lime Juice (not fresh; has to be Rose's for the palate-puckering effect) and top it up with Coke Classic. Drink it before it eats through the mug. You'll regret it less if you add ice...

  • I've been trying to cut back on drinks which include battery acid

  • @Silverwolfpet said: But what DID the actual Grog contain? (the pirates old-version..initial version of Grog).
    If I would like to make some right now, what should I get from the shop across the road? :)


    Basically it would be rum, sugar and lime/lemon juice.
    Ive heard that the captain that invented this drink was trying to add fruits vitamins to his crew diet to prevent scurvy. Really.
    In with the grog, out with the scurvy

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