- 2 oz. Smith & Cross rum (No substitution on this. No Smith & Cross rum? Don't try to make the this cocktail.)
- .25 oz maple syrup
- Two dashes of Bittercube blackstrap bitters
- A pinch of salt
- A think orange peel for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a rocks glass. Add a giant ice cube. Stir until cold. Express an orange peel and rub around the rim of the glass. Drop in as a garnish.
It's no secret that an old fashioned is my cocktail of choice. I could easily drink one or three every night. Nine times out of ten I make an old fashioned with bourbon because it's a classic, it's perfect in every way and I love bourbon. But every so often I want an update on the classic. The Higgens is just that update swapping out rum for bourbon.
Smith & Cross rum is a wild and funky rum and comes in at 114 proof. It's not a sipping rum. It's heavy. But amazingly, add some maple syrup, bitters and a touch of salt and it's tamed, but just a bit. It shouldn't be a shocker, but it's the salt that pulls this one together. Just like when cooking, salt can work wonders and in the case of The Higgens, salt is essential.
And while this cocktail isn't an every night sipper, it's worthy of adding to the repertoire. However, Smith & Cross rum is absolutely essential to this drink. So much so that if you don't have it or can't find it in the store, it probably isn't worth making.
Whenever I make and drink these updates to classic cocktails I want to pair it with something by Stereolab. Stereolab is both modern and retro. They have one foot firmly planted in the past and one foot firmly planted in the future. And tonight The Higgens is going with Dots and Loops. It's wild, it's funky, it has one foot in the past and the other in the future, just like this cocktail