Duppy Conqueror

Brian Miller | New York

To explore the overlap between the worlds of drinks and music, we challenged bartenders to translate a song of their choice from a given genre into cocktail form. Here, Brian Miller takes on reggae.

Of the inspiration behind this drink, Miller explains: “My happy place is on a beach in the Caribbean at sunset listening to reggae. And this is [named for] one of my favorite Bob Marley tunes—a sipper with loads of Jamaican rum to set my mind adrift.”


Serving: 1

  • 1 1/2 ounces aged Jamaican rum, preferably Appleton 12 year
  • 1 ounce Jamaican pot still rum, preferably Hamilton Gold
  • 1 dash absinthe, preferably Vieux Pontarlier
  • 1 dash Dale DeGroff's pimento aromatic bitters
  • 1/4 ounce Duppy Mix (see Editor's Note)

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange twist.
Editor's Note

Duppy Mix:
2 parts orgeat (preferably Orgeat Works High Density orgeat)
1 part Don's Spices #4 (cinnamon syrup)

Mix thoroughly and keep refrigerated.

Tagged: Brian Miller, reggae