Caribbean Heat

Paulina Konja, Kettner Exchange | San Diego

Paulina Konja’s rum Old-Fashioned swaps the expected simple syrup out for a “bitter blend”—a 50-50 combination of Italian amaro and French aperitif wine—that bolsters the expected aromatic bitters. It’s also meant to amplify the cinnamon and dried fruit notes that form the core of Brugal 1888.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces Brugal 1888
  • 1/2 ounce Bitter Blend(see Editor’s Note)
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: lemon twist, orange twist

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice and stir, then strain over a large ice cube in an Old-Fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist.
Editor's Note

Bitters Blend:
¼ ounce CioCiaro
¼ ounce Byrrh Grand Quinquina