Hey RumRatings! I'm looking for *your* favorite Rum Old Fashioned! Something that brings out the best of your favorite Rum has had me hooked on Rum for almost two years now. All you need is quality rum and true ingredients to get a kick-ass traditional Mai Tai, but to express Rum in a Old Fashioned Cocktail has had me stumped.
My current favorite has been El Dorado 12 yr with Demerara sugar, and Bittermen's Elemakule Tiki Bitters, or at least 2 dash Ango / 1 dash Chocolate Bitters. The baking spices and molasses/ caramel are exactly the tasting notes I look for in my old fashioned cocktails, but I know there's much more to the Rum World than cinnamon and vanilla.
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Good question, wish more places offered a drink like this - wonder if any RR folks have found a great recipe?
There's a recent video on the "Steve the Bartender" channel on YT for a "Maple Rum Old Fashioned" cocktail. In the video he uses El Dorado 12-year, real maple syrup and a few dashes of aromatic bitters. It intrigued me, so I decided to try it. I got the ingredients, tried the cocktail and it was great! I (thankfully) went with the El Dorado 12-year reserve instead, which has become my new favorite "good" rum. The cocktail certainly has a strong maple flavor, but the rum brings its own wonderful mix of flavors. So, maybe try this one?
In Palo Alto CA, there's a bar called 'Nola' that does a Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Old Fashioned! I can attest that Barrel Aging and Maple Syrup go together so well, it makes me want to down the whole drink while enjoying some flapjacks!
Im surprised El Dorado is well known, as I picked it up on a whim, since then, I have tried: El Dorado 21 (blue label),El Dorado 15 Yr (White band label), and El Dorado 12 (Red band label). Though 21 is damn good, almost save-the-bottle worthy, the price is just not worth that extra bit. Go for 12 year.
I recently had a Mount Gay Old Fashioned, garnished with an orange peel twist and some coffee beans... delicious! The coffee aroma blended in extremely nicely too, while the simplicity made the rum be the protagonist and showcase its flavour profile.
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