Rum Old-Fashioned – Bittermen’s Burlesque

Sometimes you just crave a simple cocktail. In this case, I got new bitters and which recipe better suited for testing bitters than an Old-Fashioned. On top of that, I had a rum on hand which is supposed to be excellent in an Old-Fashioned: The Black Tot Rum I reviewed a few weeks back.

The Burlesque Bitters are not quite new. However, they still are quite intriguing. The bitters combine hibiscus, acai berries and long pepper. This means that they are a mix of floral, sour and peppery spices. Supposedly they mix very well with Mexican spirits, British gin or Caribbean rum. This is exactly what I did. I mixed up a classic Old-Fashioned using Demerara sugar. However, instead of just using the Burlesque Bitters, I also added a little bit Angostura Bitters.

Rum Old-Fashioned:
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6 cl Black Tot Rum
2 Dashes Bittermen’s Burlesque Bitters
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
0,75 cl Demerara Sugar Syrup
1 Large Orange Peel
Stir with orange peel – strain – chilled Old-Fashioned glass over ice;
Garnish: Large orange peel;


The Old-Fashioned with the Black Tot Rum is quite tasty. Although the Guyanese part of the rum blend also becomes noticeable in the drink, you have to enjoy a certain Jamaica rum note in your Rum Old-Fashioned. The Burlesque bitters bring a more funky note to the mix. The cocktail is more spicy as with just Angostura Bitters.

*The fact that I received a product reviewed in this article for free, did not – in any way – influence the rating of said product. The glass was provided by APS Glass & Bar Supply GmbH.

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