Warm Your Soul with Our Spiced Coffee Grog Recipe

Welcome to the ultimate Coffee Grog Recipe guide! As a barista, I have tested and tasted countless coffee recipes, but the rich and spicy flavors of the Coffee Grog always hold a special place in my heart (and taste buds). If you need something warm and comforting on those chilly nights, or just want an excuse to put your feet up and enjoy a cocktail, this Coffee Grog recipe is the perfect choice.

But first things first: what is Grog and how did it come to be? The origins of this drink can be traced back to the British Navy in the 1700s. The sailors would mix rum with water or beer to make it more palatable and prevent scurvy. Later on, they added citrus juice, spices and sugar for extra flavor. The word “grog” is rumored to come from Admiral Vernon, who was known as “Old Grog” because of his grogram cloak.

Today, there are many variations of grog (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), but our recipe is inspired by Trader Vic’s Coffee Grog – a tiki classic that will transport you straight to the beach. So let’s dive in and learn how to make the best Coffee Grog you’ve ever had!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Grog
Coffee Grog

Are you a coffee lover? Have you been searching for something to spice up your coffee routine? Look no further than this delicious Coffee Grog recipe.

This recipe is perfect for anyone who craves a rich, spicy, and sweet coffee delight. The combination of brown sugar, lemon and orange zest, ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice creates an exquisite flavor that will have you coming back for more.

Not only is this recipe easy to make with common ingredients, it’s also highly versatile. Whether you prefer dark rum or a non-alcoholic version with rum-flavored extract, you can customize it to your liking. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding Kona coffee or experimenting with different types of rum.

So why should you try this amazing Coffee Grog recipe? Not only will it become a delightful addition to your caffeine regiment, it’s also perfect for any occasion, from sipping on a cozy evening indoors to entertaining friends outside on a warm summer night. Impress your guests with the best grog drink in town!

Don’t wait any longer to take your coffee routine to the next level. Give this Coffee Grog recipe a try and see what the hype is all about!

Ingredient List

“Warm up this winter with a cup of coffee grog!”

Let’s talk about the Coffee Grog Recipe ingredients. As the name suggests, coffee is the main ingredient in this hot and comforting drink. Other important ingredients include spices like ground cloves, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg that add depth and warmth to the beverage. Brown sugar adds a sweet touch, while butter makes it creamy and indulgent. Dark rum adds a boozy kick that will warm you up from the inside out! Here is a detailed list of everything you will need:

Coffee Grog Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter

The Recipe How-To

“Sip on your own cozy creation with our coffee grog recipe.”

Once you have gathered all your ingredients, it’s time to make the perfect cup of Coffee Grog by following these easy steps:

Step 1: Brew Fresh Coffee

Brew a freshly-made hot coffee. You can use either Traders Vic Coffee, or your favourite coffee blend.

Step 2: Add the Butter and Sugar

In a mug or Irish coffee glass, add 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter and 1 brown sugar cube, and stir until melted.

Step 3: Add the Spices

Next, add to the same mug a generous pinch of ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice.

Step 4: Add Rum

Now pour in 1 oz of dark rum into the mug with the spiced-butter-sugar mixture.

Step 5: Add Zests

After stirring well with a spoon, add a touch of zest to the top from freshly-grated lemon and/or orange parts.

Step 6: Pour in Brewed Coffee

Slowly pour in your freshly brewed coffee (about 8-10 oz) to the spiced-rum mixture while constantly stirring until combined.

Step 7: Optionally Top with Whipped Cream

If you’re feeling fancy or have a sweet tooth that needs attention, feel free to top it off with whipped cream or some cinnamon powder.

And there you have it—a perfect cup of hot buttered Coffee Grog ready to warm you up on a chilly day.

Substitutions and Variations

“One sip of this coffee grog and you’ll be transported to a mountain cabin.”

While this recipe for coffee grog is already packed with a ton of delicious flavors, there are still many ways you can customize it to your liking. Here are some substitutions and variations that I recommend trying out:

– Instead of using dark rum, you can use Demerara rum or brandy for an extra kick. For a non-alcoholic version, try using rum-flavored extract or omit the alcohol altogether.

– To make the recipe rich and even spicier, add a pinch of ground allspice or ground cloves to the mix.

– If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, you can substitute it with regular granulated sugar or honey.

– For a lime twist on this recipe, try adding lime juice and zest instead of lemon and orange zest. This will give it a tangy, zesty flavor that pairs well with the spices.

– You can also experiment with different types of brewed coffee. Kona coffee or Trader Vic’s blend are fantastic options that will make your coffee grog taste even more complex.

– If you’re feeling extra indulgent, try making a hot buttered coffee grog by adding a pat of butter to your cup. The butter will melt into the hot coffee and give it a creamy richness that is out of this world.

– For a Hawaiian-inspired twist, try making a Beachcomber Coffee by swapping out the dark rum for 1/2 oz of kahlua and adding 1/4 oz of 151 proof rum to give it an extra boozy kick.

In summary, there are countless ways you can customize this recipe to suit your taste buds. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different substitutions and variations until you find the perfect combination of flavors that works for you!

Serving and Pairing

“Perfect for an après-ski treat or a relaxing evening at home.”

Welcome to the most amazing part of this recipe, the moment when you get to savor it! This rich spicy sweet coffee delight is a perfect drink for cozy evenings and social gatherings (if you decide to make it an alcoholic version). The warm aroma of freshly brewed coffee, infused with butter, brown sugar, and exotic spices, along with the dark rum flavor, jolts the taste buds with joy.

So, how do you serve it? Here are a few serving suggestions:

1. Serve hot: Unlike other cocktails, grog tastes best when served hot. Make sure to serve your coffee grog piping hot in a preheated mug. The warmth of the grog will help release its flavors and aroma.

2. Add whipped cream: Top off your grog with whipped cream and sprinkle some ground cinnamon or nutmeg for added flavor and glamor. Alternatively, shaving some chocolate on top can also make it more indulgent.

3. Pair it with desserts: Coffee grog pairs magically with desserts like pies, tarts, cakes, and cookies. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, indulge in some donuts or biscuits.

4. Tiki-style serving: If you want to spice up the presentation of your coffee grog and give it a tropical vibe, pour it into a tiki cup and add a paper umbrella or a pineapple slice as decoration.

5. Kona coffee pairing: To have the ultimate Hawaiian experience, pair your Trader Vic’s coffee grog recipe with Kona coffee beans. Along with its rich bold taste profile and bright acidity, Kona has tones of white wine-like fruitiness that would perfectly compliment and balance out your grogginess.

And there you have it! A few suggestions that will enhance your drinking experience to new heights! Remember to sip slow and enjoy this flavorful cocktail while engaging in conversation with friends or even while curled up with a good book.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Unleash the inner barista in you with our coffee grog recipe.”

Making coffee grog is all about enjoying a rich and spicy sweet coffee delight, with a sub-1:1 ratio of dark rum to coffee. But what if you don’t have the time to make it fresh every time? Fear not, for I have some great tips on how to make this drink ahead of time and store it for later enjoyment!

Firstly, it’s important to know that coffee grog can be made ahead of time without any issues. The recipe ingredients last for several days without losing their flavor or aroma. You can make the hot buttered coffee grog according to the recipe and store it in a thermos flask or an air-tight container for up to 2-3 days.

To reheat, simply stir and heat the mixture over low heat until it steams gently. Make sure not to bring it to a boil as this can alter the taste of the drink. Alternatively, you can also use the microwave by pouring the grog into a microwave-safe container and heating it up in 30 second intervals.

If you are making a large volume of grog, you can also store it in pre-portioned mugs or jars in your fridge or freezer for longer periods of time.

When storing your coffee grog, be sure to keep it away from strong-smelling foods or contaminants as this can affect its taste. If properly stored, your grog cocktail will last for several weeks without losing any quality.

With these simple tips and techniques for making ahead, storing and reheating your coffee grog, you will be able to enjoy this delicious drink anytime you want! Plus, you don’t have to worry about wasting any leftover ingredients.

Tips for Perfect Results

“A delicious blend of spices and coffee that will warm your soul.”

I have some insider tips to share with you on how to achieve perfect results when making coffee grog. As a barista, I have made this delicious cocktail hundreds of times, and I can tell you that the secret to making an excellent grog recipe is in the details. Try these tips to take your grog game to the next level.

First of all, make sure you use high-quality ingredients. The flavor of a grog recipe depends heavily on the quality of ingredients you use, so it’s important not to skimp on them. For example, use freshly grated nutmeg instead of pre-packaged powder; or grind your cinnamon stick into fine powder. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice and orange juice and zest rather than packaged products.

Another tip is to heat your mug or glass before adding your hot coffee or grog liquid. This will help keep your drink warm for longer while enjoying it. You could rinse it under hot water, place it on a stove-top or simply warm it in a microwave.

When stirring the ingredients together, make sure you fully dissolve the brown sugar and any other sweeteners used – this will add sweetness and fragrance to your coffee grogg cocktail recipe.

To create an extra creamy and buttery texture you could also froth your milk separately from the other ingredients in a small pan on medium heat until tiny bubbles form then immediately stops stirring allowing the froth to settle on top of your grog over low heat.

Lastly, don’t forget to garnish your coffee grog with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon powder! A grog recipe wouldn’t be complete without an inviting aroma inviting you right in for a sip!

By following these tips, I guarantee that your coffee grog recipe will turn out rich, spicy, sweet, and satisfying every time. Enjoy!


Now that you have all the information needed to make a perfect cup of Coffee Grog, let’s address some frequently asked questions to clear any confusion or doubts. Here, I’ve compiled a list of commonly asked questions that will help you understand the recipe better and overcome common hurdles while preparing this delicious drink at home.

What is a grog coffee?

Our specially crafted coffee is a unique blend of vanilla, chocolate, rum, butterscotch toffee, and other secret flavors. It’s available in six different grind options and is freshly roasted just for you.

What is traditional grog?

The term “grog” has been used to describe different types of alcoholic drinks throughout history. It was originally used to refer to a mixture of rum and water that was popular among British naval soldiers in the West Indies, during the 18th century. The drink was later enhanced by the addition of lemon or lime juice on long sea voyages as a way to prevent scurvy.

What is the ratio for grog?

In the times before the use of ice makers, a concoction was created with a specific formula. It consisted of lime juice as the sour flavor, refined sugar or molasses as the sweetener, the rum itself as the source of strength, and a watered-down mixture from barrels for the weakness.

What was in grog?

It’s unclear why grog was a common beverage during the Expedition, but historians believe it was a mixture of rum and water in equal parts. This may have been done to make the alcohol supplies last longer.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for a warming drink on a cold winter day or a tasty cocktail to sip while lounging by the pool, the Coffee Grog Recipe is the way to go. With its rich spicy flavor and heartwarming aroma, this drink is sure to delight any coffee lover’s taste buds. The recipe is easy to follow and the ingredients are readily available in most grocery stores or online.

Moreover, the versatility of this recipe makes it an excellent choice for any occasion. From a casual get-together with friends to a formal dinner party, this drink recipe will make your guests feel special and leave a lasting impression.

And let’s not forget about the non-alcoholic version of this recipe; it is also delicious! Whether you prefer alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, the Coffee Grog Recipe has got you covered.

So go ahead, give this recipe a try and experience the perfect blend of rich spices and sweet coffee flavors. Whether you’re enjoying it as a hot beverage or as a grog cocktail, the Coffee Grog Recipe is sure to become one of your favorite drink recipes.

Coffee Grog

Coffee Grog Recipe

A rich and spiced coffee beverage for a crowd
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Calories 150.7 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups cream
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest, cut into 12 strips
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, cut into 12 strips
  • 9 cups coffee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract


  • In a suacepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  • Add brown sugar and spices. Allow to cool (mixture can now be stored in the refidgerator till ready to use).
  • To serve combine 1 teaspoon butter mixture, 2 tablespoons cream, 1 strip of orange and lemon peel, 1/8 tsp rum extract and 6 ounces coffee.
  • Stir well.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 229gCalories: 150.7kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 7.7gSaturated Fat: 4.8gCholesterol: 24.9mgSodium: 34.7mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 17.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Low Protein
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