The 12 Mile Limit Cocktail Recipe

The Twelve Mile Limit Cocktail with Bacardi rum, Wild Turkey Rye whiskey, Hennesy Cognac, and grenadine.

It looks like punch and packs one too.

Back when the United States jurisdiction over it’s costal waters extended only three miles from shore, there was a 3 Mile Limit cocktail; so it’s only fitting that during prohibition when the boundaries extended nine miles further, that the 12 Mile Limit cocktail was born. The brainchild of Tommy Millard, a dandy bartender, this tall order will definitely get the job done and if you’re looking for a more tropical drink to help you stave off winter’s woe’s, then this is for you. Here’s the recipe from Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh:

  • 1 oz White Rum [Bacardi]
  • .50 oz Rye Whiskey [Wild Turkey]
  • .50 oz Brandy or Cognac [Hennessy VS]
  • .50 oz Grenadine
  • .50 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Combine all liquid ingredients in an ice filled shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish.

Now I added a few drops of Dr. Reinhard’s Tropical Bitters as this seemed a bit sweet of a drink to me and I’m glad I did. Half an ounce of grenadine is a lot [for me] and this one definitely coats your mouth with that sugary sweetness. The lemon helps cut the white rum bitterness and the whiskey and cognac still manage to slip through it all and add some spice and savor on the finish.

If sweet, but strong, drinks are your thing this is definitely up your alley if you’re looking for a replacement for your Long Island Iced Tea.


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