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MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG – 1 The Ancient Mariner

I`ve been thinking about it for a very long time now – to mix every single drink in the Grog Log and blog about them.

This is going to be similar to what my fellow blogger Erik Ellestad over at Underhill Lounge is doing with his enourmous “Stomping through the Savoy project” which means he is mixing every drink from the book from A – Z, take pictures of them and write about them on his blog. I don`t think i would have the patience to go through such a book as the Savoy, the much thinner Grog Log is more suiting my pace i think.

I`m doing this for 5 reasons, one is that it will ensure i never run out of topics for my blog, (not that it has been happening to me yet and probably never will but still) Second – i`haven`t made all the drinks from the Grog Log, now i`ll make sure i do. And third, i have for a long time felt inspired to go through all the drinks in the Grog Log and blog about them. Then fourth – i`ll learn a lot during the process and will be able to share the knowledge i find. Finally and last but not the least – i really like like Tiki drinks!

I`m going to make this a little bit different though from how Erik is doing his project. I`m going to make 2 versions of many of the drinks, first the original version and then a little twist of it, just for the fun of it. I`m intending to try to make the drinks with the ingredients called for to the best of my ability and when i can`t find an ingredient, or make it – which will happen, then I´ll sub it with what i can find here that is the closest.

So let the fun begin with the first drink in Grog Log which is “The Ancient Mariner” which is an original creation by Jeff Berry. Its made with 6 ingredients – 2 rums, lime, grapefruit, sugar and pimento liqueur. As the recipe calls for Pimento liqueur which i don`t have, i`m gonna sub it with homemade pimento dram.



¾ oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz sugar syrup
¼ pimento liqueur – i used a little bit less of my pimento dram
1 oz demerara rum (i used El Dorado 12)
1 oz Dark Jamaican rum (i used Appleton Extra)

Shake and serve in old-fashioned glass with crushed ice and garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig.

This drink surprised me a little, i find it reminding me of a lighter and fruitier version of a demerara Mai Tai. And when you check the ingredients many are the same, its just the grapefruit juice and pimento liqueur or dram instead of orgeat and orange curacao. Different – yes but the flavour still has that familiar Mai Tai note to it. I find this drink very tasty indeed.

As my homemade pimento dram is quite strong i took down the measurement a bit.

Now its time for a twist of this drink – i call it Polynesian Triangle. The idea of making a twist of the drinks is not so bad – when have you ever heard of someone having just one tiki drink?



¾ oz fresh lime juice
0.5 oz grapefruit juice
0.5 oz tahitian vanilla syrup
dash barrel aged bitters
1 oz demerara rum (i used OVD  (Old Vatted Demerara) which has a woody flavour)
1 oz aged rhum agricole ( Clemènt VSOP)
0.5 oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum

Shake, strain and serve in a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh Gardenia.

Tahitian Vanilla Syrup: The recipe is in the left sidebar of this blog.

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14 comments to MIXING THROUGH GROG LOG – 1 The Ancient Mariner

  • Love your blog and pictures. Great idea to make all the drinks from the book and than some! I will keep an eye out for your posts and probably try to recreate some of them 🙂

  • I love this idea! Looking forward to the results of your exploration. 🙂


  • Flamingo

    Excellent! I’ve been thingking about going through the Log as well but never really gotten around to it. I guess I like the Mai Tai to much. I’ll be sure to follow your progress.

  • jens

    great idea ! i`m looking forward to it

    cheers from germany

  • Simon

    My favorite version – I call it the Mariner’s Grog

    3/4 oz fresh lime juice
    3/4 oz fresh white grapefruit juice
    1/2 oz orange blossom honey
    1/4 oz Berry Hill pimento
    1 oz Appleton V/X
    1 oz Lemon Hart 80
    1 oz club soda

    Shake all but soda, strain and serve in a glass filled with crushed ice. Stir in soda.

  • Noskos and Reese, you are most welcome to mix these drinks with me!

    Fred, the Mai Tai is king – i know..but there´s more as we also know;-)

    Hello Jens, let´s keep mixing!

    Thank you Simon for sharing your recipe, i`ll definetily try it, hopefully this weekend when more tikidrink mixing is on the agenda.

    Cheers to you all!


  • JJ Westlake

    What a great idea! Yet another reason to follow your blog. Hopefully, by the time you finish, his new book “Beachbum Berry Remixed” will be out. At a recent cocktail seminar, I had the pleasure of sampling one of his newest lost cocktail re-discoveries “Don’s Special Daiquiri” from 1937.

    Keep on mixing!

  • “Don’s Special Daiquiri” from 1937 sounds lovely!

    I believe Bum`s Remixed will be out long before i`m done shaking through the Log, i don´t think we`ll have to wait too long now.

    Cheers to you!


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  • Sunny&Rummy

    Going to play catch up on Grog Log entries 1-4, so I can get up to speed on spinning each week’s drink up along with you.

    Ancient Mariner is fairly regularly revisited for me, one I quite like, and the first drink I ever mixed up once I’d finally gotten around to making a homemade pimento dram. Tonight’s version uses the homemade pimento and I went all-in on the rums, going with Appleton Extra and El Dorado 15 year. Yeah, I do like this one.

    Even at just 1/2 oz, the grapefruit comes through nicely, but is offset and balanced by the pimento dram — very reminiscent of the balance the grapefruit and cinnamon syrup strike in the Donga Punch and other drinks employing Donn’s Mix. All that good dark rum richness lays down the core flavors and the citrus and spiciness provide very nice upper register flavor notes.

    Alas, no Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum here, or the Polynesian Triangle would be in the shaker right now.

  • […] from A Mountain Of Crushed Ice described this drink as being very similar to the Mai Tai.  Looking at the ingredients the flavor […]

  • Mardec

    Wow, I used Bitter Thruth Pimento Dram for the ancient mariner.
    Super powerfull pimento dram! Overpowers everything.
    Next time I will just add a tiny dash.

  • Yes, the pimento dram is powerful and a little goes a long way and that`s the way its designed;-) i love it!

  • Mardec

    I did it again.

    1/4 tsp of pimento dram does the trick in this cocktail 🙂 awesome!

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