Lion's Tail

Main Spirit Whiskey - Bourbon
Difficulty Easy
Technique Shaken

The Lion’s Tail is a rich, spicy, classic cocktail from back in the 1930s. A bit of an oddity, this cocktail is most definitely Bourbon based but otherwise has all the trappings of a Tiki drink with Lime Juice & Pimento Dram.


  • 2 oz. 60ml Bourbon
  • 0.33 oz. 10ml Allspice Pimento Dram
  • 0.5 oz. 15ml Lime Juice
  • 0.15 oz. 5ml Sugar Syrup
  • dash dash Angostura Bitters
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Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into chilled glass.


Lime zest twist

More About This Drink

Adapted from a recipe that first appeared in Caf√© Royal Cocktail Book. As it has Bourbon, it is assumed that it refers to ‘twisting the lion’s tail’ which was American slang at the time for provoking the¬†British.

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