The Zacapa Rum Old Fashioned; A Tropical Twist on a Classic

There is a rum resurgence happening right now in the world of spirits. This liquor is being revived and reinvented by new distilleries and classic cocktail bars, and they are getting creative with their recipes. The Salt Life team is happy to celebrate the comeback of this tropical spirit by sharing this special recipe that features Zacapa Rum. This brand of rum is full of flavor and is perfect for creating delicious drinks. Have you had the chance to try Zacapa Rum? If not, this cocktail is a great way to start!

Before jumping into how we craft this delicious adult beverage, we thought we’d give you a little insight into where Zacapa Rum originated. Ron Zacapa, a chemist local to Guatemala, created the first bottle of Ron Zacapa Centenario in 1976. The rum quickly became one of the country’s favorite beverages. Flash forward to today, and we are all still mixing Zacapa into our drinks. In this article, we are sharing one of our favorite recipes. What are you waiting for? Grab a bottle, and let’s get started.


Pinch of cacao nibs

Dash of orange bitters (two shakes)

Dash of traditional Angostura bitters (two shakes)

2 oz of Zacapa Rum

Fresh orange peel

1 Maraschino cherry

First, prepare your glassware. In a short cocktail glass, place one large ice cube that takes up about half the glass. Rub your fresh orange peel on the rim, then roll the peel and place it in the glass. Lastly, add 1 maraschino cherry.

In a cocktail shaker, add the cacao nibs and bitters, followed by the Zacapa Rum. With a cocktail spoon, hand stir these ingredients about 12 times. The key to a great old fashioned is that it is stirred, never shaken. Strain this mixture into your prepared cocktail glass and enjoy! Hopefully, your scenery is as enjoyable as your beverage.

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