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A Rum With a Vieux

A trio of spirits richens this cocktail riff.

Rum has a natural affinity for brandy, and this simple spin on the Vieux Carre matches aged rums from Martinique and Jamaica with the richness of Cognac.


  • 1 oz. lightly aged rhum agricole (such as Rhum JM Gold or Trois Rivières Ambré)
  • 1 oz. Cognac
  • 1⁄4 oz. aged Jamaican rum (such as Smith & Cross)
  • 1⁄4 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1)
  • 4 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2-3 dashes absinthe
  • 1 lemon twist
  • Tools:barspoon, strainer
  • Glass:cocktail


Rinse the inside of a chilled cocktail glass with the absinthe, discarding the excess. In a mixing glass, stir the remaining liquid ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into the prepared glass. Twist a lemon peel over the drink to express the oils, then discard.

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