The new darling of the tiki bar comes in the form of a 73% alcohol overproof rum that’s unexpectedly smooth and soft. Complex and rich, Plantation Original Dark Overproof Rum is produced by Cognac Ferrand. It stands apart from other Plantation offerings in that it’s not double aged or finished in Cognac casks—with such a high proof, the delicate nuances of the process would be lost on this potent variation. Instead, the rum is aged from six months to two years in young Bourbon casks. The end result leads with notes of caramel, cinnamon and raisin, with a sultry finish. Bartender and tiki devotee Brian Miller of Lani Kai in Manhattan is smitten with the 146-proof rum for drinks like his oft-requested Bring Me The Horizon cocktail. “I use [it] to give this drink a bit of a hiccup and to boost the flavors of the other ingredients,”says Miller. “I also like it for its ability to act as a drying agent for balancing sweeter cocktails.”
Bring Me the Horizon
Bartender Brian Miller’s neatly served cocktail, Bring Me The Horizon, blends the butterscotch and caramel notes of Plantation’s Original Dark Overproof Rum with the distinct chocolate and rhubarb flavors of Cocchi’s Vermouth de Torino.
1 ounce Denizen Rum
½ ounce Plantation Original Dark Overproof Rum
¼ ounce Ron Zacapa Rum
½ ounce Cocchi Vermouth de Torino
1 teaspoon Don’s Spices #4 (recipe below)
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir and strain into a tasting glass.
Don’s Spices #4
4 cinnamon sticks
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (cane preferred)
In saucepan over medium heat, muddle the cinnamon sticks into tiny pieces. Add the water and sugar, stirring periodically so that the sugar doesn’t burn. Bring to a boil, cover and drop to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, keep covered and let sit overnight. Fine strain the syrup into a container and keep refrigerated.