I promised the recipe for my new favorite drink (I say “new favorite drink” loosely, because I don’t drink all that much, and there wasn’t a previous favorite drink, ha), The Lion’s Tail, and here it is, along with some pretty pictures of the process, captured by Sweet Root Village.
The Lion’s Tail is an old cocktail that uses an ingredient called pimento or allspice dram. It isn’t really sold anymore (and if it is, it’s fairly expensive). According to my friend Kirk (who taught all about making the dram and infused vodkas at last month’s workshop), pimento dram went out of style long ago and hasn’t really been produced commercially in the US for decades. The infusion is easy to make at home, and I think it’d be a terrific Christmas gift for anyone on your list who likes craft cocktails! ** This recipe takes about 12 days to infuse, so if you’re going to make it for a Christmas gift, you better start soon.**
To make the dram, gather these ingredients:
– 1 cup light rum
– 1/4 cup whole allspice berries
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 1 1/2 cup water
– 2/3 cup brown sugar
// Crush the allspice berries in a mortar and pestle or grind them in a spice grinder. You want coarse, large pieces and not a fine grind.
// Place the crushed allspice in a sealable glass jar and pour the rum on top. Seal the jar and shake well. Let this mixture steep for 4 days, shaking daily. On day 5, break up the cinnamon stick and add it to the mixture.
// After 12 days total steeping, strain out the solids through a fine-mes strainer or cheesecloth. Then strain again through a coffee filter into your final bottle or jar.
// Heat water and sugar on medium until boiling, stirring to dissolve, about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool, then add it to the strained allspice infusion. Shake and then let rest for a minimum of two days before using.
To make a Lion’s Tail, you’ll need the following:
– 2 ounces bourbon
– 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
– 1/2 ounce allspice dram
– 1 teaspoon simple syrup (or less, to taste)
– lime rind, for garnish
Combine bourbon, lime, allspice dram, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime rind.
This drink tastes like allspice and cinnamon and everything yummy about Christmas time. A seriously delicious addition to any holiday party!
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