The Rum Old Fashioned is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, substituting the traditional whiskey with rum to create a smoother, sweeter experience. This variation maintains the essence of the original cocktail while introducing the unique characteristics of rum, offering a delightful blend of complexity and warmth. It’s perfect for rum enthusiasts or anyone looking to explore classic cocktails with a different spirit.


  • 2 ounces aged rum (choose a high-quality dark or aged rum for the best flavor)
  • 1 sugar cube or 1/2 teaspoon loose sugar
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • A splash of water or club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange peel and a maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Muddle the Sugar: Place the sugar cube (or loose sugar) in an old-fashioned glass. Add the Angostura bitters and a splash of water or club soda. Muddle these ingredients together until the sugar has mostly dissolved.
  2. Add Rum: Pour the aged rum over the muddled sugar mixture.
  3. Stir: Add a few ice cubes to the glass. Stir the mixture gently for about 30 seconds to chill the drink and combine the flavors well.
  4. Garnish: Twist an orange peel over the drink to release its oils, then drop it into the glass. Add a maraschino cherry for an additional touch of sweetness and color.
  5. Serve: Serve the cocktail immediately, allowing the drinker to enjoy the aromatic blend of rum, bitters, and citrus.


  • For a smoother drink, you can pre-dilute the cocktail by stirring it with ice in a mixing glass, then straining it into the old-fashioned glass filled with a single large ice cube.
  • The choice of rum is crucial for this cocktail. Aged rum will provide depth and character, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Adjust the sweetness according to taste. Some may prefer a bit more sugar, while others might enjoy the complexity of the rum to shine through with less sweetness.

Nutrition Facts (approximation):

  • Calories: 180
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g (from the sugar)
  • Protein: 0g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Serves: 1

The Rum Old Fashioned is an elegant and refined cocktail that’s surprisingly simple to make. With its rich history and classic appeal, it’s a drink that’s sure to impress both cocktail aficionados and newcomers alike. Whether you’re winding down after a long day or savoring a quiet moment, this cocktail offers a moment of indulgence with every sip.

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