Most recipes for the Old Fashioned cocktail contain bourbon or whiskey but when you run a beach bar blog and have been on a rum kick for a month, it seems more fitting to substitute some Damoiseau V.S.O.P. Rhum Vieux Agricole, add “Cre” to the name (those marketing folks at Damoiseau are clever) to hearken back to your French/Creole influence and get on with your drinking. The Cre Old Fashioned is a simple drink to make which is one of the reasons I like it. When you can keep the liquors and mixers to under three for a cocktail recipe, I become a very happy imbiber. Throw in the fact that it contains two kinds of fruit and not only do you have a simple cocktail to make, it’s also healthy.
Garnish: orange wheel and brandied cherry
Pour V.S.O.P. Rhum, Creole Shrubb and bitters into cracked ice-filled old-fashioned glass and stir. Garnish with orange and a cherry.
Cue up some of your favorite Mad Men episodes, concoct a Cre Old Fashioned cocktail and start throwing that hooch down the hatch with Don Draper and the rest of the guys. Before you know it, you’ll be nattily attired in a ’60s style suit, puffing on cigarettes and whipping out ad campaigns that will make even the Damoiseau marketing folks take notice. Incroyable!
About Damoiseau V.S.O.P. – DAMOISEAU V.S.O.P. is produced with the greatest respect to the French Caribbean time-honored traditions of Rhum Agricole. It begins with natural rhum distilled from pure aromatic free-run sugarcane juice and aged a minimum of 4 years in re-charred Bourbon casks, which gives this remarkable rum its radiant mahogany color and long smooth finish.