The Orb cocktail on a marble cutting board with three nutmug seeds next to it. The cocktail has a large round ice ball and fresh grated nutmeg

There are only a handful of well known cocktails that call for pimento dram. Originating in the Carribean where pimento trees grow, it’s most commonly used in a tiki context or in the classic Lion’s Tail, where tart lime juice provides a bold contrast to the seriously intense allspice flavor.

A straight on shot of The Orb cocktail with a bottle of Kraken rum, Pimento Dram, Angostura bitters, and a jar of whole nutmeg seeds

Pimento dram is a unique and delicious booze, but also a drastic one. It’s often measured by the spoon rather than jigger. A few drops too many can overpower all the other flavors in your cocktail, so go easy.

I’ve used a solid pour of it in The Orb only because the cream works so well as a neutralising force. This drink is blissfully smooth with a dry, clove-y counterbalance thanks to the dram and bitters. It’s not as sweet as you would expect, but it definitely counts as a treat. Reminded me of fluffy white clouds, hence the name.

The Orb cocktail from overhead on a marble cutting board with a big round ice ball and freshly grated nutmeg.



  1. Shake all ingredients fast and hard
  2. Double strain over an ice sphere
  3. Top with shaved nutmeg

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