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Story Behind the Lion’s Tail Cocktail

From the bars at Asheville Proper and Little D’s, two locally-owned casual restaurants in Asheville, NC, comes the perfect Lion’s Tail cocktail.

First appearing in The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, the classic Lion’s Tail came about during Prohibition in the 1930s and features allspice dram, a liqueur made with rum, pimento berries and spices, alongside bourbon, Angostura bitters, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice. The Lion’s Tail is a unique drink that’s been mostly overlooked until recently.

Little D’s and Asheville Proper’s take on the classic libation adds cardamon bitters, making it perfect for the winter season with rich, spiced, aromatic flavors!

Photo by Grace Schroeder

Lion’s Tail


1 1/2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 oz. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1/4 oz. Demerara Syrup
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Cardamom Bitters


Shake all ingredients.
Strain and pour into a coupe glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

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