Cocktailing: Emilia’s Lion Tale

Today’s cocktail comes to us from my beautiful and talented friend, Emilia of Emilia Jane Photography in Chicago and New York. Emilia has great taste in everything and her cocktails are no exception. She made the best date for my trip to the Aviary to see my brother in all his glory. Take it away, Em!

My absolute favorite winter drink, meet the Lion’s Tale. I originally tried this drink at the Violet Hour, though I don’t think it’s ever been on the menu. It’s a classic cocktail with a whiskey base and St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram which is one of the most delicious, flavorful things in the world.


Photo by Emilia Jane Photography. Used with permission.

Here’s what you need:

Whiskey (I use Weller 107 or Weller Reserve because it’s smoother, and I am not normally a huge whiskey fan)

St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram

One fresh lime. Yes, it does NEED to be fresh. Don’t squeeze lime juice from the bottle into this, you’d regret it.

Simple syrup (which is easy to make…but look at the cute bottle!)

Angostura bitters (available anywhere you get cocktail supplies)

You will also need a jigger to properly measure, a shaker, and strainer. And if you want to get fancy, the proper glass is a coupe.


Photo by Emilia Jane Photography. Used with permission.

Please note, I have modified the recipe just a wee bit because I don’t LOVE whiskey and wanted the drink to be smoother. Start with 1 1/2 ounces of the Weller 107 or other whiskey of your choice, pour this into the shaker (original recipe calls for 2 oz).

Add 1/2 ounce of Allspice Dram (original recipe calls for 3/4 oz), then 1/2 oz of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1/2 oz of simple syrup.

Add ice, put the top on the shaker, and shake hard for about 20 seconds. The bottom of the shaker will look and feel much colder as you can see above on the right.

From here, strain out the drink into a coupe or other glass of choice, add 2 dashes of Angosura bitters to the top, cheers with someone you love, and drink up!


Photo by Emilia Jane Photography. Used with permission.


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