Brandy Cross is lead bartender at Easy Bistro & Bar in Chattanooga, TN.
Lately, I’ve been trying to make more cocktails at home. I love making a simple Rum Old Fashioned. I find it is a bit lighter than a bourbon Old Fashioned, and it’s the perfect drink for spring. They are also incredibly easy to make, and you can use any rum—whatever your preference.
To prepare, muddle a sugar cube with a couple dashes of oranges bitters, and then topping that with 2 oz. of rum (Mount Gay is what I currently have at home). Stir it all together in a glass, with a lime peel expression to top it off. It’s so easy and perfectly delicious!