Pre-prohibition cocktails and modern twists on classics

The Dark Storm

The Dark Storm


1.5 Ron Zacapa 23 Rum

.75 Domaine de Canton

.75 Fernet-Branca

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 2


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.

6 Responses to “The Dark Storm”

  1. Raul from DeathtoSourMix

    Are you on instagram per chance? Some of the filters of your shots look like they’ve be from instagram (I do not mean that in a negative way). You have the perfect layout for your site. I’m still working on finding a style for mine.

  2. The Straight Up

    Some, like the ones above were done in Instagram. I initially had planned on only doing older looking grainy/vintage photographs, but have sort of hit a spot were if I have decent natural light, they come out really well (given my fancy iPhone camera).


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