Recipe: Rum Old Fashioned

Instead of a long story about how my recipe reminds me of a warm fire on an autumn afternoon. This means you can easily decide if you’re up to it or if you’d rather toss a pizza in the oven.

For ingredients, 1 means you may already have all of them at home and 5 means you may need to special order an ingredient.
For equipment, 1 means the most very basic of tools need and 5 means needing to buy a special piece of equipment you may not use often.
For method, 1 means as easy as prepping and tossing in the oven and 5 means you’ll feel like you’re juggling flaming knives.

Ingredients: 2/5
Equipment: 1/5
Method: 2/5


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Vanilla extract
  • 1 orange
  • Angostura Bitters
  • 60 ml rum (I use Mount Gay Extra Old or a similar cask rum)
  • Ice


  • 1 small saucepan
  • Slotted spoon
  • Cocktail peeler or regular peeler if you don’t have one
  • Small cocktail spoon


Making the Simple Syrup

  1. Cut the orange in half and peel
  2. Chop the peeled half into small pieces
  3. Add the sugar, water, orange pieces and a dash of vanilla extract to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside until cooled. Remove the orange pieces using a slotted spoon
  5. Once cooled, you can store the simple syrup in a glass or plastic container in the fridge for up to a month

Making the cocktail

  1. Add a tbsp of simple syrup and two dashes of bitters to a rocks/lowball glass
  2. Add 3-4 large ice cubes to the glass
  3. Pour the rum over the ice and stir very briefly
  4. Garnish with an orange twist. This video is great for learning how

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