The Ancient Mariner Recipe

. Jessica Leibowitz

In Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Ted Haigh shares this variation on Trader Vic's original Navy Grog. It calls for allspice dram (also known as pimento dram.) As Haigh writes:

Pimento Dram may bring to mind the flavorless, wadded-up thing beheld in many a martini olive, but trust me, this is a wholly different pimento...a peppercorn of sorts...The English christened it 'allspice.' The berry seemed to them to encapsulate the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and clove all in one little peppery wallop.

The allspice dram adds an excellent dose of warm spice to the drink—just be sure not to overpour. We like St. Elizabeth Allspice dram, imported by Haus Alpenz, which you can purchase online.

Recipe Details

The Ancient Mariner Recipe

Active 2 mins
Total 2 mins
Serves 1 serving


  • Crushed ice

  • 1 ounce Demerara Rum (not the 151-proof kind)

  • 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum, such as Coruba

  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1/4 ounce Allspice Dram

  • Garnish: lime wedge, mint sprig


  1. Fill a double old fashioned glass with crushed ice, then add both rums, lime, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and allspice dram. Stir gently, then garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
390 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 107mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)