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Winter Rum Old Fashioned

Winter Rum Old Fashioned

Becca Haley-Park
Strong, bold, and flavorful, this drink is an elixir for those trapped in the dead of winter. Enjoy by the fire, preferably with Frank Sinatra playing in the background.


  • 2 teaspoons Spiced Simple Syrup recipe in Note
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 2 ounces Ron Zacapa rum or other dark, aged rum
  • Cinnamon stick to garnish


  • Muddle syrup with bitters and the orange wedge in a rocks glass. Fill glass with ice. Top with rum, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


TRY IT WITH: An aged gouda. “There’s something about rum and the butterscotch-y notes of a L’Amuse, or an aged Beemster, or Remeker; they’re just so soothing together,” says Tenaya Darlington. The vanilla notes of Ron Zacapa work particularly well with the sweet notes of the cheese—it’s almost dessert in a glass (with a kick, of course). We love salty-sweet Uniekaas Vintage Gouda.
Spiced Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 star anise
Combine all ingredients in a small pot, and bring to a boil, until sugar dissolves. Let cool to room temperature, and strain out solids. Refrigerate leftover syrup in a glass container for up to 4 weeks.

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

Photographer Joe Greene

Joe Greene shoots award-winning food photography for web, print, and packaging. Joe started as a painter, switching to photography when he couldn't get his ideas on canvas fast enough. Joe's clients include magazines, celebrity chefs, restaurants, and more.