Lion’s Tail

One of the classic cocktails I was introduced to a several years ago and am still very fond of is the Lion’s Tail. The Allspice Dram used in it gives it the taste of cinnamon and cloves but is balanced with bourbon, lime juice and simple syrup. The recipe is from the Café Royal Cocktail Book published in London in 1937. The name comes from the American slang for distinctly British character “twisting the lion’s tail” . It uses the then brand new Pimento Dram, made with Allspice, available today as St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram.e

Lion’s TailLion's Tail

2 oz bourbon
¾ oz Allspice Dram
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ tablespoon simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake hard for 20 seconds and strain in to a 4 – 5 oz cocktail glass.


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