Rum is the New Black

Our Rum is the New Black cocktail is my absolute favorite way to enjoy a rum old fashioned. It has sweetness, depth and a smoothness that makes it hard to resist whenever I look at my bottles of rum.
Rum is the New Black


Serve in an Old Fashioned Glass

  • 2 1/2 oz premium gold rum
  • 1/4 oz Thai syrup*
  • 1 dash Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters
  • 1 dash Bittermen’s Taza Chocolate extract

Garnish: Grapefruit Peel

Required Tools

How to Make

For the Thai Simple

Take 1 part palm sugar (natural sugars from coconut blossoms) to equal part water; Add to that a couple pieces of fresh lemongrass (pro tip: beat them up a bit with a muddler to loosen up the fibers and release its flavors). Boil. simmer. cool. strain. bottle. You know the drill.

For the Rum is the New Black Cocktail

In a mixing glass, add all these ingredients with some nice pieces of ice and stir. Double strain into a rocks glass with a nice chunk of ice & press a grapefruit peel over the top, serving as a garnish as well.


Move Over Orange… Rum is the New Black. Anyone can make a quality rum Old Fashioned by simply replacing the whiskey for rum (or for mezcal like in a Oaxacan Old Fashioned) but the Rum is the New Black is a bit different with the syrup used and the addition of the cacao. It rounds out with the lower notes of the rum that make it a smooth sip without being overtly sweet.

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