Ye old Grog Nelson's Blood


  • Serves: 1
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes
Grog, the traditional naval drink © Joe.Daggett

Grog, the traditional naval drink


  • 60g (2oz) dark rum
  • 15g (1/2oz) fresh lime juice
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 120g (4oz) warm water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of orange


A story involving naval rum is that following his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, Horatio Nelson's body was preserved in a cask of rum to allow transport back to England. Upon arrival, however, the cask was opened and found to be empty of rum. The pickled body was removed and, upon inspection, it was discovered that the sailors had drilled a hole in the bottom of the cask and drunk all the rum, in the process drinking Nelson's blood.

  1. Mix ingredients with warm water
  2. Drink and be merry - yo! ho! and a bottle of rum.