Hot Tea Grog With Lemons And Oranges

Even despite of the fact that in the city where I live, the temperature rarely goes below 0, the transition to winter isn’t that easy. Everyone wants something hot to warm in the evening. And what could be better than warm tea or shotglass of some heating drink? Of course, a mixture thereof. This mix is perfect in the famous English hot alcoholic drink – grog. Originally it was strongly watered-down rum with sugar. But nowadays, there are many variations of it, and tea is used in this drink very often. The name of the drink comes from the nickname of the British Vice Admiral Edward Verona – ‘Old Grog.’ In his times rum was included in the daily diet of sailors, which caused some problems and Admiral Vernon ordered to water-down it. Besides tea, different spices like cinnamon, clove and ginger are often added to the modern version of the drink. I’ll show you a recipe without them, but with zest and orange slices. Of course, you can add your favorite spices to it and make it even tastier.

  • Serves: 4-6 Servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Ready In: 15 mins


  • 600 ml black tea brewed
  • 160 ml gold rum
  • lemon juiced
  • 50 grams sugar
  • 1/2 orange (zest and slices)


  1. Dissolve the sugar and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in very hot, but not boiling tea. Pour the rum into the tea (you can, by the way, use brandy).
  2. Add the zest and orange slices and leave for 5 minutes. You’re done!