Granny's Navy Grog Recipe

Granny's Navy Grog Recipe

[Photograph: Autumn Giles]

Taking a cue from the tiki tradition, this version of a Navy Grog layers crisp light rum with a full-bodied dark rum. Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice pull out the tart acidic notes of the Granny Smith Woodchuck Cider.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Yield:makes 2 drinks
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces light rum
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice, from 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 4 ounces Woodchuck Granny Smith Cider
  • Grapefruit peel (optional)


  1. 1.

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the dark rum, light rum, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

  2. 2.

    Divide evenly between two ice-filled highball glasses. Top each glass with two ounces cider, stir gently to combine, garnish with grapefruit peel if desired, and serve.