Cocktail Party

Not-Your-Typical Rum & Cola

June 16, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten. Prop Stylist: Molly Fitzsimons. Food Stylist: Samantha Seneviratne.
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 cocktail
Test Kitchen Notes

Just like the name implies, this isn’t your typical Rum and Cola, which is usually just (you guessed it) rum and cola; add lime, and you’d have a Cuba Libre. In this riff, Shelley Worrell—the founder and CEO of caribBEING, a multidisciplinary venture that celebrates and amplifies Caribbean culture, community, and businesses—incorporates a few extra ingredients that elevate the drink to something that feels a bit more special yet still familiar. The amaro brings herbal, lightly bitter notes, while the Champagne gives the drink a crisp acidity and fruity aromas. You’ll want to use a quality cola here, like Fever-Tree’s Distillers Cola, which is rich with distilled botanicals and spices (and free of artificial flavors). For an elegant finishing touch, serve it in a sleek coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist for citrusy zing.

This recipe is shared in partnership with Fever-Tree.
—The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • 2 ounces amaro
  • 3 ounces Fever-Tree Distillers Cola
  • 3 ounces Champagne
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemon twist, for garnish
  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the rum and amaro. Shake vigorously to combine for about 10 to 20 seconds, or until the shaker is frosty and cold.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and top with the cola and Champagne. Add a few dashes of the bitters and garnish with a lemon twist. Serve and enjoy.

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1 Review

Michele August 15, 2023
I have been wanting to try this for awhile and finally I had all the ingredients. It was quite nice. The recipe says it's for one cocktail but I made two out of one recipe.