Xmas Drink #1: The Snowball

October 2nd, 2007 by Colonel Tiki

The Snowball is a highball of Advocaat and lemon-lime soda, sometimes with a splash of lemon and/or lime juice.


1½ oz. Advocaat
3 oz. Lemon-Lime soda
Splash Lemon and/or Lime juice

Add cubed ice to a highball or double rocks glass. Add Advocaat, citrus, and top with lemon-lime soda. Stir carefully to mix. Garnish with lemon wheel.


I need to get some Advocaat, which is made from egg yolks, brandy, and vanilla. Heather used to call it “egg nog liqueur,” which isn’t that far from the truth. I’m guessing it will be a dandy base for any number of creamy Christmas bevvies. I’m guessing Ginger snaps, Egg Nog variations, nutty drinks, &c. There is a Mexican cousin of Advocaat that goes by the name of Rompope.

Drinkie Navy Groggie

September 17th, 2007 by Colonel Tiki

Lately, I’ve been fixated on the Navy Grog. Namely, Jeff ‘beachbum‘ Berry’s version of Donn’s Navy Grog.

I use the version in the Grog Log and add ½ oz of my ‘lazy’ pimento dram.

Craig’s lazy Pimento dram:

  • ¼ cup good quality allspice berries
  • ¼ cup Lemon Hart 151
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Metal Strainer and Cheesecloth

Grind allspice berries with either mortar & pestle or as I do with a coffee grinder until you achieve a small crushed size. Steep ground allspice in 151 for at least 1 day. Dissolve sugar in water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add aged allspice/151 mixture. Let this mixture sit for at least 1 day. Strain first through metal sevie strainer to remove large particulate, then through a single layer of cheesecloth to remove the finer particulate.

My version of Bum’s version of the Navy Grog is as follows:

  • ¾ oz Grapefruit Juice
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • ¾ oz Honey Syrup
  • ½ oz ‘lazy’ Pimento Dram
  • 1 oz Coruba Dark
  • 1 oz Lemon Hart (not 151) demerara
  • 1 oz Appleton White
  • 1 oz White soda (7-up, sprite, club if you must)

Fill one double rocks glass with small crushed ice. Stir all ingredients in a mixing glass. Start with the honey, then add the citrus to dissolve the honey syrup nicely. Finish with the soda and be gentle to save the carbonation. Pour into double rocks glass and stir to frost the exterior: Ideally you would use a rock-candy swizzle to stir.

Delicious, I assure you.