The New Rum & Coke

Complex flavors like Orinoco bitters and Fernet make for a grown-up twist on the classic. Don't forget the special ingredient: Champagne.
Photo courtesy BlackTail / Facebook

Courtesy Jillian Vose and Jesse Vida, BlackTail, New York City

We’ve found the perfect use for any bubbly left over from holiday revelry: a nontraditional riff on the rum and Coke. This drink hails from BlackTail, a Cuban-inspired spot in New York City’s financial district from the team behind the award-winning Dead Rabbit.

“We’re celebrating American bar culture in Havana from the 1920s through the 1950s,” says Jack McGarry, the bar’s managing partner. His team pored over classic cocktail books from the era to see what Americans were drinking, which included plenty of rum, as you might imagine. The historical recipes were then updated to suit today’s tastes.

In this drink, cola is amplified by Fernet, an extra-bitter Italian amaro, plus plenty of Champagne for celebratory fizz.

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Ingredients
  • 1 dash Orinoco Bitters
  • ½ teaspoon Fernet
  • ¾ ounce cola syrup*
  • 1 ounce silver rum, like Bacardi Facundo NEO
  • 4 ounces Champagne
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
Directions

In a rocks glass, stir together a large piece of ice and all ingredients except garnish. Garnish with the lemon twist.

*Note: BlackTail makes its cola syrup in-house, but it’s also easy to purchase. Look for syrup you might use with soda-making machines. Monin also makes a version.

Published on January 18, 2017
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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