Pears, quince, and warm-spiced allspice dram combine for this tiki-inspired fall cocktail.
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If you're going for booze and spice and everything nice this fall, a bottle of allspice dram is a worthwhile purchase. (Or you can mix up your own version at home with our recipe.) Here are five drink ideas that use this autumnal ingredient.
"I was looking through older cocktail books, and saw a Wild Redhead, which had an awesome name but it was a really boring drink—just Cherry Heering and lemon juice," recalls Meaghan Dorman, the (red)head bartender at New York's Raines Law Room. She spiced it up with some allspice dram and blended Scotch, and the Wildest Redhead was born.
The Wild Redhead appeared in the 1977 book, Jones' Complete Barguide. Raines Law Room's Meaghan Dorman added allspice dram and blended Scotch to make the Cherry Heering and lemon cocktail more interesting.
Jeff Bell uses traditional English wassail, a ceremonial cider-based beverage mulled with citrus and spice, as the base for this cocktail at PDT in New York.
For years, allspice dram was damn-near impossible to find in the States. I get a little grumpy when there's a cocktail ingredient everyone is raving about and I can't find it anywhere. So a few years ago, just the mention of allspice dram made me a bit unpleasant to be around. I'd see recipes fun Tiki drinks and get all excited, then I'd see that allspice dram was one of the ingredients and I would mope like a sad puppy.
There should really be a good backstory that goes with the Lion's Tail, but if there is one, I haven't found it. This rich, spicy mixture debuted in the 1930s, an unlikely mixture of bourbon, lime juice and the allspice liqueur known as "pimento dram".
In Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, Ted Haigh shares this variation on Trader Vic's original Navy Grog.
The Uncle Buck was inspired by the fantastic Hudson Buck cocktail served at Brooklyn's The Vanderbuilt. While the quantities vary slightly, the main difference in the Uncle Buck is the inclusion of sparkling cider, which adds a lightness to the cocktail and a slight effervescence to help refresh the palate.
"The Reveillon has been one of my favorite holiday drinks for the past several years." [Flickr: Chuck T.] During the holidays even the most reluctant cooks take their shot in the kitchen. It's much the same with drinks. Those who...
Built similar to a daiquiri with a base of buttery Jamaican rum (though according to this guy, a Demerara rum from Guyana works equally well), Jasper's Jamaican is given a little shimmy by the addition of a touch of allspice liqueur. While impossible to find as recently as a year ago, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram is lying around many well-stocked liquor stores.