Lion's Tail

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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.

Lion's Tail



  • 2 oz bourbon
  • .5 oz allspice dram
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 1 to 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Lime twist


Step one

Add all ingredients, save for the garnish, to a shaker and fill with ice.

Step two

Shake and strain into a coupe glass.

Step three

Garnish with a lime twist.

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