In the interwar period, despite the growing “special relationship” between the US and the UK, there was a peculiar form of anglophobia amongst the American public. We can’t imagine why our friends across the pond would want to tease us but they did indeed and the term “twisting the lion’s tale” became a commonly used phrase for chastising the British.
Perhaps the Yankees were upset that we weren’t under the restrictive rules of prohibition that were enforced in the states at the time and indeed, many American bartenders took the hop, skip and a jump over the Atlantic to pick up their shakers on British soil and get back into business.
This bourbon and pimento (all spice) heavy cocktail was most likely invented by one of these visiting bartenders sometime in the 1930s and was then codified in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book in 1937.
- 45ml Bourbon
- 25ml Lime
- 15ml Pimento Dram
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a chilled coupé glass
Garnish with a wheel of lime