This cocktail is adapted from the Lion’s Tail recipe first recorded in William James Tarling’s Café Royal Cocktail Book, published in 1937 London. This bourbon-based cocktail is made with allspice dram (a liqueur made with rum, pimento berries, and spices), fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. Its name refers to the American slang expression “twisting the lion’s tail,” a phrase that describes provoking the British.
By the 1980s this drink vanished due to limited availability of allspice dram and the drink’s tiki style flavor falling out of fashion by the 1960s. It resurfaced in 2008 largely in part of increased distribution of allspice dram and the resurgence of tiki style cocktails. The drink is rich and spicy, with a hint of citrus, and rounded out by a splash of simple syrup. It appeals to both fans of the Daiquiri and Whiskey Sour.
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