I enjoy this cocktail not only because it tastes great but because of its interesting history behind. During Prohibition there were gambling ships parked three miles off the coasts of several cities, such as the Rex in Santa Monica bay (see film clips below). Clients could take water taxis three miles out to sea to be able to drink and gamble freely where they couldn’t do this legally on dry ground. In honor of the distance, there was a drink called the three-mile limit, but after the U.S. government, along with the I.R.S., found out about these ships and extended the boundary to 12 miles, thus the twelve-mile limit was invented. The 12 Mile limit was stronger than its cousin the three-mile but nonetheless very tasty for the rebels that enjoyed good libations and gambling in spite of the long arm of the feds. Give it a try at your next party.
The Twelve Mile Limit
1 oz White Rum (Recommended Appleton White Jamaican)
1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Brandy such as (VSOP)
1/2 oz Pomegranate Grenadine
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake hard for 20 seconds, strain into a chilled 4 -5 oz. cocktail glass.