Though this cocktail is made with a bourbon base, allspice dram and lime juice give the almost century-old Lion’s Tail a touch of tiki. Its name is most likely a nod to the early 20th century phrase, “twisting the lion’s tail,” which essentially meant provoking the British. Though the drink was first published in the Café Royal Cocktail Book in 1937, odds are the drink was created by an American bartender driven overseas by Prohibition. The recipe originally included gomme syrup instead of simple syrup, so feel free to make the substitution if you’re in the mood for the old school formula.
- Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and strain into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a lime twist.
One of the oldest punch recipes in existence, the Rum Punch—a.k.a. the Bajan (short for Barbadian) Rum Punch—comes with a quaint mnemonic device to help you remember the simple formula: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak. A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice, served well chilled with plenty of ice." Commit that ve...