What’s old is new again. The classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, once again is getting a makeover. This version showcases aged rum. Rum is typically thought of in two categories. First, for light summery drinks like the mojito, mai tai or daiquiri and second popular spiced rum cocktails like the Dark and Stormy, and the simple rum and Coke.
Recently rums of another category have hit center stage: aged rums. Just like whiskey or even wine, these spirits spend more time in oak barrels, giving them richer colors and bolder, more layered flavors. In short, this means more fun in the glass. You can use aged rums in place of whiskey to switch up your standard whiskey cocktails like the Manhattan or like we did here with the old-fashioned.
Orange is my bitters of choice in an old-fashioned, and here we skip the muddled cherry and orange slice in favor of a nice fat orange peel. Clink!
- 1 sugar cube
- 3 dashes orange bitters
- 3 ounces aged rum
- 1 fat orange peel, no pith please
In a rocks glass muddle one sugar cube with the orange bitters. Add the aged rum and stir. Add one large ice cube and stir.
Run the orange peel, peel side down around the rim of the glass. Twist to release the oils into the glass and drop the peel in the glass. Enjoy!