Explorers' Grog

To wind up our unit about the Age of Exploration, I taught the fifth graders how to make grog. Not the watered-down rum that sailors were given, of course, but a non-alcoholic version that's quite tasty. It's chock-full of Vitamin C to prevent scurvy. 

Explorers' Grog


  • 1/2 gallon apple juice
  • 1 container of Limeade concentrate, defrosted
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3-4 whole allspice berries
  • 3-4 whole cloves

Put the apple juice, limeade and spices into a large pot. You can put the spices into cheesecloth or a spice bag, or just put them loose in the liquid. Heat the mixture until it is warm, but not boiling. This recipe makes eight 8-oz servings. For the classroom, double the recipe so that each child can have a 4-oz. sample. 

Cheers! May your lives be long and free from scurvy.

This wraps up our study of explorers. On to Colonial America!

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