Lion’s Tail Cocktail

The cocktail resurgence has brought with a it a resurgence in previously hard-to-find products. One of these once forgotten concoctions is Pimento (Allspice) Dram. "In larger doses, pimento dram contributes a richness to a drink evocative of autumn fruits and baking spices. In the drips and dashes with which it is typically deployed, however, the liqueur plays a much more subtle role," writes Paul Clarke of That is definitely the case in the Lion's Tail Cocktail; a little goes a long way in transforming a cocktail and adding nuanced flavor.

2 oz American Whiskey

1/2 oz Bitter Truth Pimento Dram

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1 tsp. simple syrup

dash Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic Bitters


Shake with ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


blair frodelius 14 Jul 2011
3:35 am

With the resurgence of Tiki style drinks, Pimento Dram (or Allspice Liqueur) is definitely making a comeback!  It works exceptionally well with rum and lime based cocktails.



mike emry 14 Jul 2011
4:30 pm

you need to taste and explain what you think in every video i love hearing people opinion.

Robert Hess 15 Jul 2011
6:59 am

Mike, glad you like this simple addition. We’ll be doing that in all new episodes from this point forward.

Danny 20 Jul 2011
8:33 am

Robert, It’s great you’re tasting the drinks now, but what happened to sqeezing the limes and lemons?  It was a nice touch for you to take the time to ensure quality.  Not that you convey the opposite now, but….it was nice.  Does that sound weird????  Anyway, great show!

JT Thomas 18 Feb 2013
10:11 pm

Brilliant! Picked up a bottle of Pimento in Jamaica last year, and haven’t had the foggiest of what to do with it.  Many thanks.  Using it as the sweet aspect of a Sours drink is a great idea.  Now that I think about it, this might be thought of as a more tropical spin on sweet vermouth (though perhaps that way lies madness.)

Regardless, many thanks.  Good stuff.

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