If you've been following along with my Quarantine Cocktails, you know the first drink I made was an Old Fashioned. The drink is traditionally made with bourbon and is one of my favorite drinks to make and enjoy. It's a simple drink that brings out the flavors of the spirit you use to make it, while adding a little sweetness from the simple syrup.
For today's drink, all I did was swap out the bourbon for rum. Specifically, Papa's Pilar Dark Rum.
My parents visited Key West earlier this year and raved about the experiences they had, including the rum. This particular rum is inspired by Ernest Hemingway's adventurous lifestyle and named after his boat, Pilar.
Bottled at 86 proof, the rum is blended in bourbon barrels, port wine casks and Spanish sherry casks. It has sweet, earthy tones with a touch of spice, almond and apricot. It makes for a great mixed drink in the form of a Rum Old Fashioned.
Rum Old Fashioned
2 oz. Papas Pilar Dark Rum
1 tsp. simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura bitters
1 orange peel (I unfortunately was out of oranges when I made this drink, but it still works)
1. Add simple syrup and bitters to an Old Fashioned glass
2. Add the rum and a few ice cubes. Stir
3. Add an orange peel if you have one
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.