Naval Traditions


1 3/4 oz aged rum
1/2 oz Cruzan Black Strap rum
1/2 oz turbinado syrup**
1/4 oz Islay Scotch
2 dashes spiced bitters
flamed orange bitters*, for garnish

Stir the first five ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame the bitters over the drink.

*Mix equal parts Regan’s orange bitters and 151-proof rum in a mister bottle and spray through a flame above the glass.

**Mix turbinado sugar with an equal volume of hot water. Chill and bottle.

(Note: The photo above is from a different cocktail that uses the bitters torch.)


Lazy Bear

Lazy Bear 008

3/4 oz Smith and Cross rum
3/4 oz rye whiskey
3/4 oz honey syrup (1:1 honey and water)
3/4 oz lime juice
2 dashes Fee’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

If the Fee’s bitters are unavailable, a good substitute is three dashes of spiced bitters, made by combining equal parts Angostura bitters and allspice dram.

I created this cocktail for the wedding of my friends David and Jeanette, who run the underground restaurant Lazy Bear in San Francisco.