Friday, November 18, 2016

Demerara Rum Old Fashioned

This is the revised Rum Old Fashioned I've been talking about. When you have a rum as good and as whiskey-like as Mad River First Run Rum, just make this drink the oaky and sugar bomb that a classic Old Fashioned should be. I used brown sugar and Hella Aromatic Bitters to start this cocktail off. I'm not treating the rum any differently from whiskey. I like a dry Old Fashioned--no muddled orange or cherry. The rum does the rest of the work and the sugar dissolves with bitters to make a beautifully rich rocks sipper.
  • 2 oz. demerara rum (Mad River First Run used)
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • several dashes angostura bitters (Hella Aromatic used)
  • lemon twist
Add brown sugar to a rocks glass and douse with bitters. Drop lemon peel into glass and muddle. Add rum and stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice and stir. 

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