Another recently revived cocktail ingredient that was thought to be lost to the sands of time.
Pimento Dram was an important ingredient that featured in such historic cocktail tomes as The Savoy Cocktail Book and The Café Royal Cocktail Book, but fell out of favour to the point of being deemed extinct by cocktail writer Ted Haigh.
Also known as All Spice Dram (to ensure drinkers differentiate between this pimento, and the cherry peppers found inside olives), this is a West Indian liqueur flavoured with the berry of the Pimenta Dioica tree. It produces a flavour of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, giving rise to its name.
The dried berry is macerated in good quality Jamaican Rum, producing a sweet, spicy, and slightly funk liqueur with flavours of pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, bananas and clove.
A necessary ingredient in the delicious Lion’s Tale cocktail, Pimento Dram also brightens up mulled wines and is superb in Tiki-style cocktails.