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!
- 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, peel intact
- 1 small wedge blood orange
- splash of water
- In a rocks glass, dash bitters over sugar cube, add cherry and blood orange slice to it, then muddle.
- Add enough ice to nearly fill the glass. Add the rum.
- Top with a splash of water and garnish with a blood orange wedge.