Fall Five: Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
We start day two of our five-day celebration of fall with a book recommendation. Perhaps our favorite cocktail recipe book this year has been Eric Prum and Josh Williams’ Shake. It’s organized by time of the year; so at the change of every season, we’ve turned back to it to see what fresh and interesting seasonally-appropriate cocktails they suggest. There are always some winners, two of which we’ll feature this week. You’ll notice in the photos that we’re fans of their Mason jar cocktail shakers as well.
A technique we’ve picked up from them is adding herbs, spices, and seasonings into the cocktail shaker for a quick infusion of flavor. It’s an easy way to bring something unexpected into your drink. They use this trick to perhaps its best effect in today’s drink: The Spiced Rum Old Fashioned, in which we learn just how easy it is to turn rum into spiced rum.
The Spiced Rum Old Fashioned
from Shake: a New Perspective on Cocktails
- 3 oz. aged rum (no reason to be especially choosy with the rum, since you’ll be adding spice)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 5 dashes of aromatic bitters (we used Angostura)
- 2 cloves (we actually bumped this up a bit, using maybe 4 or 5)
- 1 stick of cinnamon, plus one for garnish
- 1 strip of orange zest, plus one for garnish
- Add sugar and bitters to cocktail shaker and mix together until the sugar has dissolved (using powdered sugar can make this a bit easier).
- Add the rum, cloves, cinnamon, and orange zest to the shaker–but no ice yet!
- Shake for 30 seconds. You now have spiced rum.
- Add ice, and shake again for another 10 seconds.
- Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass, and garnish with the other cinnamon stick and strip of orange zest.