The Perfect Rum Old Fashioned

Tax day has passed here in the US, and it’s time to sit back and relax.  Whether you had to pay into the system, are getting a little back, or got away with neither, it’s always a stressful time to think about all the lines and what deductions you have this year.  Are you sure you remembered all the kids, or what about the wife’s new outfits counting towards business uniforms?  Well, it’s all behind you, and with that, we have a little drink we recommend to ease into the spring.

A classic drink often seen on the hit show Mad Men, the perfect rum old fashioned is a great way to end the day, combining the cleansing citrus of orange and the deep molasses of good aged rum.  For this recipe, we recommend the Mount Gay Extra Old, a classic dark rum with amazing flavor and perfect for this classic cocktail.


  • 1 short glass
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 Jigger of simple syrup
  • 2 Jigger of Mount Gay Extra Old Rum
  • 3 ice cubes/1 shaped ice block
  • Orange twist

To start, we recommend chilling the glass while collecting ingredients by filling it with ice.  Once ready and properly chilled, dump the ice and add 1 dash of bitters.  Swirl this around the glass to coat the sides evenly, coming up about 2/3 to the top.  From here, add a 1/2 jigger of simple syrup and first jigger of rum, and stir together for a few seconds.  Add the second jigger of rum, then the ice and stir one more time.  Layered flavor is the name of this drink.  Finally, take the orange twist, spritz above the glass and rub the peel on the inner edge of the glass before garnishing.

A simple cocktail with amazing layers of flavor, we recommend relaxing with it in your favorite chair overlooking your domain.