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  • Old Black Magic from Cocktail Chameleon by Mark Addison
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2 1/2 oz., Serves 1

Old Black Magic

The popular Frank Sinatra standard lyrics capture the essence of this sultry spiced black rum variation on an Old Fashioned.


That old black magic has me in its spell

That old black magic that you weave so well

Those icy fingers up and down my spine

The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine

(lyrics by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer)


Spiced black rum, also known as dark rum, has a sweet-smoky flavor that contains notes of molasses, vanilla, and chocolate reinforced by the drink’s other ingredients.

Find the full recipe in the “Old Fashioned” chapter of Cocktail Chameleon.

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1 whole vanilla bean

1 tsp. dark brown sugar

3 dashes chocolate bitters

1 tsp. water

2 oz. spiced black rum

Tools & Materials

7-oz. cocktail glass

Spherical ice cube mold

Sharp knife

Mixing glass


Bar spoon


  • Fill the ice mold with room temperature water and freeze overnight or until completely solid.

  • Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds from one half. Reserve the remaining half to use as the garnish.

  • Combine the vanilla seeds, brown sugar and water in the mixing glass and muddle until the sugar dissolves.

  • Add the rum and ice cubes, stirring until well chilled.

  • Place the ice sphere in the glass and strain in the drink, garnish ing with the reserved vanilla bean half and a cherry.