The Old Fashioned cocktail is the archetype of an American classic. When the very word ‘cocktail’ was first defined in 1806 it consisted of 4 ingredients – spirit of any kind, water, sugar & bitters.

The better part of a century later the recipe for the Old Fashioned was coined and there was a strong resemblance to that original American ‘cocktail’ recipe. Since then, the Old Fashioned has evolved into a template rather than a specific recipe wherein any of the ingredients can be replaced or altered to create a wholly unique version. One of the easiest ways to alter this booze forward and well-balanced classic is by swapping out one spirit for another. We love using a superior aged rum instead of whiskey. Distilled from 100% sugar cane, sugar cane juice or molasses, rum is naturally sweet with complex, earthy and often tropical notes. The rum plays beautifully with the naunced aromatic notes of bitters and the addition of a little raw sugar, such as demerara bring out the complexities in the spirit. Whether the evening is just warming up or turning down, Old Fashioned’s are a social cocktail as fun to sip on as they are to make. Served over ice in a double rocks glass, mastering this simple cocktail at home won’t take much time but you’ll leave a lasting impression on whoever is lucky enough to be served one.


Ingredient Amount Ingredient Name
2 oz. Havana Club Añejo Clasico Rum
¼ oz. Simple Syrup
3-5 Dashes Hella Cocktail Mexican Chocolate Bitters
1 Orange (Garnish)

Tools Of The Trade

  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • Citrus Peeler
  • Rocks Glass


  1. Add simple syrup and 3-5 dashes of bitters into a rocks glass.
  2. Add rum, fill with ice, and stir until well mixed and very cold.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.

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