The Twelve Mile Limit, or Celebrating Repeal Day!

The Twelve Mile LimitBroke & Thirsty may have been gone for a bit, but now it is back up and running, continuing to give you great drink recipes and tips.  Today’s cocktail, the Twelve Mile Limit, is a nod to the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition.  This cocktail is almost as boozy as a Long Island Ice Tea, but is miles ahead when it comes to it’s unique refined flavors and appearance.

The Twelve Mile Limit
  • 1 ounce White Rum
  • 0.5 ounces brandy
  • 0.5 ounces rye
  • 0.5 ounces grenadine
  • 0.5 ounce lemon juice
  • (optional) garnish with a lemon twist

Pour the rum, brandy, rye, grenadine, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake well, until the cocktail is thoroughly chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.  The spirits are important in this cocktail, especially the rum which makes up the majority of the drink, but the make or break factor is actually the grenadine.

It is an absolute must for you to use homemade grenadine in this cocktail.  Store bought grenadine is mostly corn syrup and red dye, with some natural and artificial flavorings thrown in.  If you have never liked grenadine before, give the homemade variety a chance–it is a completely different experience.  Real grenadine is based on fresh pomegranate juice and is mixed with cane sugar, pomegranate molasses and orange blossom water.  If you don’t have all the fancy ingredients but want to give a more natural grenadine a try, buy some pure, unsweetened pomegranate juice and put it in a mason jar with an equal part cane sugar.  Shake until fully mixed.  The color may not be quite as gleaming red, but you will now be able to add a wonderful flavor to your cocktails and it makes the Twelve Mile Limit a truly unique and special drink.

This unique cocktail got it’s name from the jurisdiction of the US during the time of prohibition. Revelers who wanted to party legally would hop on a boat and sale out into the ocean until they passed the edge of US jurisdiction.  With dry land still in sight, they could imbibe as much as they wanted safely in International waters.  Smugglers also used international waters to sneak illegal booze into the county, which leads to another little known fact.  Prohibition was actually the reason behind the US arguing for international borders to be moved from 3 miles to 12 miles off shore.  This made it more difficult for smugglers to row out to meet ships carrying their precious illegal drinkables.  So why isn’t there a cocktail called the Three Mile Limit?  Well there is, and it will be the subject of a post in the near future.

Total Cost of Drink? $1.54

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Posted in Brandy, Cheap Cocktails, Rum, Rye, Whiskey

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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