Rum River Mystic

Paul McGee, Lost Lake | Chicago

“Rum River Mystic is a cocktail that bridges the gap between my two interests: classics and tiki,” explains Paul McGee. This Preakness cocktail riff calls on rum in addition to the traditional rye base, as well as Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters “to give it a bit of island spice.”


Serving: 1

  • 1 ounce aged rum, preferably Caña Brava 7 Year
  • 1 ounce rye, preferably Pikesville Rye
  • 3/4 ounce Byrrh
  • 1/4 ounce Bénédictine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 drops Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Garnish: expressed orange peel

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the Elemakule Tiki Bitters in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.
  3. Add the Elemakule Tiki Bitters.
  4. Garnish with an expressed orange peel, then discard.

Tagged: Paul McGee, Tiki