Recipe: Whaler’s Grog from the Whaling Bar

Whaling Bar, La Valencia Hotel

A little holiday tummy-warmer from times past! Here’s a simple, hot-cocktail recipe from the old Whaling Bar at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California.

1949 Whaling Bar, La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla logo

Whaler’s Grog, La Valencia Hotel

1953 Whaler Bar La Valencia Hotel bartendersRecipe for Whaler’s Grog cocktail, from the Whaling Bar, La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla, California, c1953. By bartenders Pat Torano and Vince Clark.

Whaler’s Grog

3/4 oz cognac
1/4 oz rum
1/2 tsp sugar
1 stick cinnamon
2 or 3 cloves
lemon peel

Pour cognac and rum in a mug with sugar, add spices and lemon peel, then fill with hot water.

Makes one cup.



Citation: Martin S. Lindsay. ‘Recipe: Whaler’s Grog from the Whaling Bar.’ Classic San Diego: tasty bites from the history of America’s finest city. Web. <>

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