Twelve Mile Limit Cocktail

Featuring a heady combination of rum, brandy, and rye, this Prohibition-era drink deserves your attention.

  • Serves

    Makes 1 cocktail

  • Prep

    5 minutes


By SAVEUR Editors

Updated on April 6, 2024

Journalist and war correspondent Tommy Millard is said to have created this Prohibition-era cocktail. The potent drink takes its name from the U.S. law that banned the consumption of alcohol a dozen miles beyond its shores. The very drink it inspired taunts the measure with its especially strong yet beachy combination of rum, whiskey, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice.

While you can certainly use store-bought grenadine here, it's also worth trying our easy at-home version made with fresh pomegranate juice.


  • 1 oz. silver rum
  • 12 oz. brandy
  • 12 oz. grenadine
  • 12 oz. fresh lemon juice, plus 1 lemon twist for garnish
  • 12 oz. rye whiskey


Step 1

To a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, add the rum, brandy, grenadine, lemon juice, and rye. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled highball glass and top with the lemon twist.

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