Grog Syrup

Grog Syrup

This recipe comes courtesy of Garret J. Richard and can be used in a number of cocktails. He uses it for what he used to call Nixon’s Grog, but renamed it Ancient Mariner.  President Richard M. Nixon loved his Navy Grog cocktails from Trader Vic’s in Washington DC.  It is often said that he would some how ditch the Secret Service to go into the back room of the cocktail lounge to have two or three at a time when the heat got to be too much.

Some might just call it Allspice syrup but the incorporation of the Coca-Cola gives it an elevated flavor.  You want to use Mexican and/or Coca-Cola made with sugar NOT corn syrup (read the label).  Mexico is one of the countries that does not allow GMO (genetically modified) foods into their country (like many) so if you get your Coca-Cola from Mexico, you can be sure of it, but again, read the label.


  • 177 grams Mexican Coke (about half a bottle or 6 ounces)
  • 150 grams white sugar (about 5 ounces)
  • 11 grams allspice (about half an ounce)


  1. Crack the allspice into smaller pieces
  2. Place the cracked allspice into a pan and lightly toast
  3. Add the Mexican Coke then the white sugar
  4. Bring mixture to a boil
  5. Lower heat to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes
  6. Place contents of the pan in a container and let sit in the refrigerator for 12 hours
  7. Strain allspice from the syrup and keep bottled in the fridge for up to 30 days.

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