Vernon’s Cloak

Sam Miller | San Francisco

This variation of the Navy Grog, one of Sam Miller’s favorite tiki classics, takes its name from British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon—a “bitter old man,” Miller says, whose nickname was “Old Grog” for the coarse grogram cloak he wore. “This drink is tart and bitter, but finished with a hit of baking spice and balanced honey sweetness,” says Miller. “If someone is looking for a bitter cocktail that is still [easy-going], this is the drink for them.”


Yield: 1

  • 1 ounce Cynar 70
  • 1 ounce Appleton Estate Signature Rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce honey syrup (see Editor’s Note)
  • 1 barspoon allspice dram

Garnish: fresh mint

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice and shake until chilled.
  2. Pour the entire contents of the shaker into a chilled Mai Tai glass, then top with a layer of fresh crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
Editor's Note

Honey Syrup
Combine 1 cup honey and 1 cup water in a saucepot and bring to a simmer. Reduce the temperature to low and stir intermittently for about 10 minutes while it reduces. Allow to cool, then store in a resealable container.

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