: Sailors.

The British sailors had always been accustomed to drink their
allowance of brandy or rum pure, until Admiral Vernon ordered those under

his command to mix it with water. The innovation gave great offence to the

sailors, and, for a time, rendered the commander very unpopular among them.

The admiral, at that time, wore a grogram coat, for which reason they

nick-named him "Old Grog," hence, by degrees, the mixed liquor he

introduced universally obtained the name of "_Grog_."