Rum Old Fashioned
When it comes to classic cocktails, it’s hard to beat a properly made Old Fashioned. I’m continually amazed that such a simple combination can create such a perfect synergy of flavors. Of course I make my Old Fashioned with bourbon or rye, but did you know you can enjoy the simple beauty of an Old Fashioned with rum? If you haven’t tried a Rum Old Fashioned yet, here’s your chance to rectify that.
With the rum providing the dominant flavor to this drink, it’s important to choose an aged rum that will be complemented and enhanced by the other ingredients. Given that we’ll be adding sugar, we don’t want to start out with a sweet rum such as Zaya. Rather, we want to use a dry rum with some complexity such as the Appleton 12-Year pictured here. (It’s also a good way to use up any sippers you don’t find enjoyable enough on their own.)
There are a lot of folks who enjoy smashing sugar cubes with their muddlers. I am not one of those people–I much prefer the easy mixing qualities of homemade simple syrup. There are also folks who like to turn their Old Fashioned into a fruit salad by adding and muddling cherries and orange slices. I do not subscribe to this school of thought. I do, however, like the addition of an orange twist–especially because rums often have a natural orange note, and the twist works collaboratively to enhance the overall sensory experience.
You can use any manner of bitters in your Rum Old Fashioned, but I tend to stick with the tried and true Angostura. Fees Brothers Old Fashioned bitters are good as well, but can impart too much of a root beer vibe for some.
Enough with my ramblings, here’s the recipe for your delectation:
Rum Old Fashioned Recipe
- 2 oz. aged rum
- 1/4 oz simple syrup (1:1)
- 1 dash bitters
- Thick orange twist
- Add rum, simple syrup and bitters to an Old Fashioned or Double Old Fashioned glass.
- Stir the contents
- Add one large ice cube
- Garnish with the orange twist
What’s your preferred rum for a Rum Old Fashioned? Let me know in the comments below.