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Aloha everyone! For a New Year's resolution this year I decided to make and drink all 78 cocktails in BBB's "Grog Log". Although I can't go there without a major trip, I wanted to sort of approximate doing the "Grog Log Challenge" at the Tonga Hut in LA, where you have a year to finish them all.

I recently finished the challenge (the first New Year's resolution I have ever followed through on hahaha), and I made a slideshow of all the pictures of the drinks I took as I went along. I also wrote and recorded a little exotica song I set it to.

If you want to check it out, here it is.

Cheers!

78 cocktails in 130 days, nice 👍

Well done, congrats!

Yeah, you gotta want it. ;o)

Thanks Kevin I appreciate that! Love your website and all the work you do!

So what are your thoughts having tried all those cocktails? Being that this was Jeff's first book I imagine many were meh, some not very good, and a few downright wretched. What were the standouts, good or bad?

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That's an excellent question! Honestly out of 78 drinks, I'd probably make maybe a dozen of them again. A lot were really quite "meh", some were flat-out not good, but there are some tasty drinks in there for sure as well.

I've often wondered that since a lot of the drinks on the list came from the 1930s through the 1960s, how much of an influence smoking had on the "general" tastes of the times, since it was so prevalent. Drinks that tasted great to a smoker from the 1930s might not be all that awesome to a non-smoker in the 2020s. I don't have any empirical evidence to back that up, but suffice it to say, a number of these drinks don't really translate well to the modern palate.

Some highlights:

The Spindrift, which my notes say is lemony and creamy from the vanilla, and packs a nice kick.

The Ancient Mariner, which has a nice spice component to it (it's a "modern" drink, from the 1990s) that most of the other drinks on the list lack.

The Shark's Tooth, which is fruity and balanced, with a strong and satisfying kick.

The Astro Aku Aku, which was complex and layered, sweet with a note of licorice.

Some lowlights:

The Rum Runner, which I noted was "a sweet sweet mess", and "like a gross cough drop".

The Tahitian, which was "disgusting, bitter, not good, with a weird note of chocolate at the end. One of the worst ones on the list."

The Tortuga, which was "not good. A very odd taste, the combination of creme de cacao and red vermouth."

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