The Story Behind The Rum Running Gentleman

For those who love the holidays but don’t love the season’s colder temperatures, the Rum Running Gentleman is the cocktail for you. Developed by Ismael Ponce of New York City’s The Up & Up, this concoction takes cues from the Caribbean Old Fashioned (versus its namesake Rum Runner).

Two different types of rum, El Dorado 12 Years and Smith & Cross, come together with Lustau Amontillado — an aged sherry with notes of hazelnut — cloves, fig preserves, and Amaro Nonino for a touch of sweetness, all of which is balanced out by a couple dashes of Angostura. A few spritzes of Ardbeg — widely recognized as one of the smokiest peated Scotch whiskies on the market — adds a subtle smokiness to the final product.


  • 4 cloves
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 bar spoon of fig preserves
  • 1 ounce El Dorado Rum 12 YO
  • ½ ounce Lustau Amontillado Sherry
  • ¼ ounce Smith & Cross Rum
  • ¼ ounce Amaro Nonino
  • Atomize with 4 sprays of Ardbeg Scotch
  • Garnish: orange twist


  1. In a mixing glass, muddle the cloves, bitters, and preserves.
  2. Add El Dorado 12, Lustau Amontillado, Smith & Cross, and Amaro Nonino to the mixing glass.
  3. Stir and fine strain into an Old Fashioned glass atomized with Ardbeg.
  4. Garnish with an orange twist.

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Updated: 2022-12-15

The Rum Running Gentleman