If you like the infamous Long Island Iced Teas, you should definitely try the Twelve Mile Limit – a much classier way to get totally wasted, if that’s your thing!

One of the booziest cocktails you’ll ever drink – an incredibly tasty drink that is simultaneously sweet, tart, spicy, and rich – everything you could ask for from a cocktail.

The roots

A forgotten cocktail that exists as a direct consequence of the era of prohibition in America named after the boundary between US and international waters.

During Prohibition, by American law, it was legal to drink only offshore, in international waters.

When Prohibition was enacted in 1919, it made the production, transport, and selling of alcohol within the United States illegal. While this seems straightforward enough, as with many laws, particularly those governing vices, there were many loopholes and oddities surrounding the enforcement of this law. One of these creative loopholes that people took advantage of to get their fix was to technically leave the United States, whose jurisdiction legally ended 12 miles off shore in international waters.

So, drinking in international waters, 12 miles off the American coast, was a popular pastime for people looking to escape the strictures of Prohibition, they mocked their opponents by quickly inventing a cocktail called the 12 Mile Limit, a great cocktail to toast this legal loophole!

The Twelve Mile Limit is a rather unique cocktail, successfully blending three distinct base spirits from sugar cane, rye, and grapes. Because of that, it reminds of the ever popular Long Island Iced Tea, except the Twelve Mile Limit is way classier. This cocktail comes out pleasantly pink from the grenadine with a nose of lemon oil, fruit, and a touch of rum funk.

The makin’s
1 part white rum
1/2 part rye whiskey
1/2 part brandy
1/2 part grenadine
1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish

The drill
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



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