When this all started I didn’t realize how picking a drink to make would be such a challenge. I just kinda wanted to practice making drinks. It has evolved into making things I’ve always wanted to try and, honestly, trying to not make a tiki drink every night. The thing is, I don’t really have a plan, I just make whatever strikes my fancy, usually inspired by whatever is on my mind, and today, I’ve been thinking about my friend, West Coast Jenn. So, in her honor we are making the 12 Mile Limit.
This is a prohibition era cocktail, boozier than most of its contemporaries since it has three alcohols, rum, rye whiskey and brandy. The name refers to the international waters boundary, where ships could legally serve alcohol and have gambling and all sorts of fun, but not strictly legal activities. Jenn and I have spent a bunch of time together trying to interpret and enforce the “guidelines”. Since “all local laws apply” and this drink was named for a technicality i guess it is perfect for us. I’m not sure if Jenn is the chicken or the egg here, but when I read this recipe, I knew this was one to make for her. I guess we will figure it out as we go along.
So grab your tins and pour in an ounce of rum. This drink is the perfect opportunity to try some lovely Don Papa 7 year Rum, all the way from the Philippines. To that add 1/2 ounce of brandy, the “pride of the northeast” apple brandy from Laird’s, and 1/2 ounce of rye whiskey, I went with Crater Lake Reserve to bring in the Pacific Northwest. 1/2 an ounce of grenadine and 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice, two drops of 18-21 Prohibition Aromatic bitters and you are ready to shake with ice. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a lemon twist.
This drink is awesome, I mean how could it not be? It’s an odd combo of ingredients from all over, but it works. A super interesting drink that packs a punch but leaves you wanting more. Can’t imagine why this one made me think of Jenn. We have shared a bunch of drinks over the years, cocktails in fancy dress, local beers in the shade at the end of a sweaty, dust-covered day outdoors and more coffees than I can recall. I’ve enjoyed them all and I think my favorite is always the one to come next. Hope you had a great day! Stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.