This is a rum-based variation on an Old Fashioned. I've been making a roasted pineapple syrup for tropical-leaning aquavit and gin sours and thought, "Why not just stir a spoonful into some dark rum for a very subtly fruity, summery take on an Old FaShioned-style cocktail?" One of our employees named it. —fiveandspice
For the drink:
2 1/2 ounces
1 to 2 teaspoons
roasted pineapple syrup (start with 1 tsp take a tiny taste and add another if you'd like it sweeter)
Angostura bitters (I also like it with Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters)
Stir all ingredients with ice until just chilled, then strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube.
For the roasted pineapple syrup:
Preheat the oven to 400° F. To make pineapple syrup, peel the pineapple, quarter it, and slice it into 1-inch chunks. Spread the pineapple pieces on a baking pan and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, until deep yellow and juicy, with brown spots starting to appear.
Transfer to a large cooking pot and add the sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain, then keep the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.