12 Mile Limit

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Deluxe drinking from the depths of Prohibition … 

Here’s another gem from that shameful era when legislators tried to stamp out drinking, only to make it even more seductive, fun, and flavorful than it was before. Silly legislators!
This one’s called the 12 Mile Limit because during Prohibition, ships sailing from American ports had to clear the US territorial limit before they could legally serve alcohol. Everyone on board waited for the ship to cross the line and then lined up at the bar. 
This is a spicy, potent, sweet-sour concoction. Tasty, but it must be sipped slowly lest one end up sliding off the barstool. There are more ingredients than I generally approval of, but this one is worth the trouble!

12 Mile Limit

  • 1 oz. silver rum

  • 1⁄2 oz. rye whiskey

  • 1⁄2 oz. brandy

  • 1⁄2 oz. grenadine

  • 1⁄2 oz. fresh lemon juice

Combine the ingredients, stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass. I like to toss in a single big cube of ice to keep it cool while I sip.

Re: grenadine, you’ll need to get the real stuff, made from pomegranates, not the red sugar syrup you’ll find at the grocery store. Most of your better liquor merchants will carry one or two brands.