1.5 Ron Zacapa 23 Rum
.75 Domaine de Canton
2 dashes Rhubarb Bitters
Add the rum, Domaine de Canton, Fernet-Branca and bitters to a chilled mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
Sweet ginger nose with a hint of mint, this one has a Manhattanesque taste, but is a bit sweeter (rum + Domaine de Canton) with more herbal complexity (Fernet-Branca) and obvious ginger notes (Domaine de Canton). The Rhubarb bitters adds an almost cherry like flavor, often working well with aged rum and the Fernet doubles as bitters at the finish. If you don’t have the Ron Zacapa 23, another aged rum will likely do fine.
The Dark Storm came from a request from my wife to make something with aged rum and Domaine de Canton. The initial combination of the two was a bit too sweet but had potential. Naturally, knowing me, the next thing I reached for was Fernet-Branca. The addition of Fernet really balances the sweet with herbal bitter notes and makes for a delicious cocktail, especially if you are in the mood for something a little like a Manhattan, but just a bit different.