Twelve Mile Limit Recipe

Rum, rye, and brandy are a triple threat in this boozy but balanced cocktail.

Photo: Jennifer Hess

A forgotten cocktail from the era of Prohibition, the Twelve Mile Limit is one of the booziest cocktails you'll ever drink. If you're looking for a low-alcohol sipper, this one's not for you.

The story of the Twelve Mile is recounted in Ted Haigh's excellent Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. Haigh suggests Appleton White Jamaican for the rum, and though that's good, you might prefer something with more funk and body. Rum-blogger Matt Robold suggests El Dorado 3 Year Old or Montanya Platino, and since the rum is the backbone of this drink, I agree.

As for the grenadine, sure you can buy it. But it will be better if you make your own instead.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Makes: 1 drink

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  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1/2 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Add rum, rye, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer