Spicy Rum Old-Fashioned Recipe

Published November 4, 2021
Old fashioned cocktail with cherries and orange twis



  1. In a rocks glass, muddle the orange peel, sugar cube, and bitters.
  2. Add the dark rum and water and stir.
  3. Add a king cube.
  4. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.

Substitutions and Variations

The basic recipe is delicious, but feel free to mix it up with some tasty variations.

  • Use spiced rum, like you'll find in Captain Morgan drinks, in place of the dark rum.
  • Replace the rum with cachaça and the orange peel with a lime peel.
  • Replace the sugar cube with ½ ounce of allspice dram.
  • Substitute black walnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cardamom bitters for the ginger bitters.
  • Replace the splash of water with a splash of ginger beer or ginger ale.
  • Replace the sugar cube with ½ ounce of coffee liqueur.
  • Create a tropical variation using the proportions and directions from above but using a lime peel in place of the orange peel, cardamom bitters in place of the ginger bitters, and coconut-flavored rum in place of the dark rum. Garnish with a lime wedge.


Looking for a creative garnish? Try one of the following:

  • Garnish with candied ginger and a cocktail cherry on a cocktail skewer.
  • Skewer a starfruit slice.
  • Create a long orange peel and spiral it around the inside of the glass.

About the Rum Old-Fashioned

With its funky molasses taste, dark rum is the perfect spirit for an old-fashioned. It's barrel-aged, giving dark rum the warm, toasty flavors familiar in other brown liqueurs, but it also brings its own complexity and sweetness to create a nuanced, warming rum-lover's drink. So whether you choose a Demerara rum from Guyana, a rhum agricole from the French Caribbean, a barrel-aged cachaça from Brazil, or a flavorful spiced rum, it's easy to create a spicy, tasty cocktail that will please your palate.

Baby We Were Born to Rum

One of the simplest ways to put your own spin on a cocktail is to switch the spirit. And in the case of the rum old-fashioned, replacing the traditional whiskey with dark or spiced rum is bound to be a rum-away success.

Spicy Rum Old-Fashioned Recipe