21st Century Cocktail

I have not had a chance to post for a few days. We have a 2nd kid heading off to college in August and he and I were away at his orientation for a couple days. My husband held down the fort here and made some really delicious jerk chicken while we were away that I got to try when we got home. I’ve missed cooking and posting about food and drinks. Today’s cocktail is a interesting and really good one. I modified it slightly from the original to use orange instead of lemon, and garnished with these yummy Trader Joe’s orange slices.

This drink come from the book Drinking French by David Lebovitz. I gave my husband some good rum for Father’s day and was looking for something unique to make with it and this drink definitely was unique. To be honest, when I read the list of ingredients, I was skeptical they were going to taste good together, but we both really loved this drink and I will make it again. It has a complex flavor, but somehow all the parts come together so well.

The book has a recipe for homemade creme de cacao, which I definitely am going to make next time to use in the cocktail, but this time I used store bought. You can find a similar recipe here to make your own if you don’t have this book. I was out of Lillet blanc so subbed some St. Germain for that and I used Amaro Nonino for the amaro. I also used True Orange instead of the lemon juice in this. I love using the True lemon, lime and orange packets. They have great flavor and they don’t dilute the drinks 🙂

21st Century Cocktail

Interesting rum cocktail with notes of chocolate and orange
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink


  • 1 1/2 oz good dark rum
  • 3/4 oz creme de cacao
  • 3/4 oz Lillet blanc or St. Germaine
  • 1/2 oz lemon or orange juice I used true orange powder (link in post)
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 1/2 tsp Fernet-Branca, Fernet-Vallet or another amaro


  • Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Serve in a chilled coupe glass or with an ice cube and garnish with an orange slice if you like.
Keyword Cocktails

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