The Casablanca Cocktail

In 1950, Humphrey Bogart — the celebrated American actor who starred in the Oscar-winning movie Casablanca, which is my all-time favorite film — said, "The whole world is three drinks behind." Although Bogart's drink of choice was Scotch, I can envision him liking my Casablanca Cocktail if he were living in today's cocktail culture.

This variation of the classic Old-Fashioned swaps in a spicy, aged rum for the standard whiskey, making it so easy to drink that it would be pretty hard not to catch up to Bogart's, or anyone's, three-drink head start. Bottoms up!

The Casablanca Cocktail
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  • 2 ounces Zacapa 23
  • 2 dashes rhubarb bitters
  • 1 cube turbinado or brown sugar
  • 1 brandied cherry (sold at specialty markets)
  • 1 1/2-inch thick slice blood orange
  • 1 small wedge blood orange
  • splash of water
  • ice
  1. In a rocks glass, dash bitters over sugar cube, add cherry and blood orange slice to it, then muddle.
  2. Add enough ice to nearly fill the glass. Add the rum.
  3. Top with a splash of water and garnish with a blood orange wedge.
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