Allspice Dram, originating in Jamaica, is an allspice flavored liqueur that goes great with cold weather and tiki cocktails. It’s been a rare find in the States since they stopped importing it in the ’80s, but we’ll show you how to make this under-the-radar liqueur on your own to add a Caribbean flair to your drinks.

Scroll below for pictures and step-by-step instructions.


  • 1 cup of light rum
  • 1/2 cup whole allspice berries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

Crush the allspice berries with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder.

The pieces should be coarse and large and not fine.

Place crushed berries in a sealable glass jar.

Pour the rum on top of the berries.

Seal the jar and shake well. Steep this mixture for 4 days, shaking daily.

On day 5, break up the cinnamon stick and add it to the mixture.

Let steep for another 12 days.

After 12 days, strain out the solids with a fine mesh strainer. Strain again through a coffee filter into your final bottle.

Heat water and sugar on medium until it boils, stirring occasionally to dissolve, for 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool then add it to the strained mixture.

Shake and then let it rest for 2 days before using. Enjoy your new batch of DIY Allspice Dram!