Dirt 'n Diesel

Fernet Branca, Cynar, Virgin Islands Rum, Rich demerara syrup 21, Lime juice, Lime
2ozVirgin Islands Rum, Cruzan Blackstrap
12ozFernet Branca
12ozRich demerara syrup 21
14ozLime juice
1wdgLime (as garnish)
Shake, strain, straight up, coupe
Cocktail summary
Created byCale Green, Tavern Law, Seattle, WA
AuthenticityAuthentic recipe
ReferenceGQ, fall 2010 issue. Annual Manual for Bartenders 2011, Gaz Regan
Posted bymdavis7 on 10/18/2010


Dan's picture

Made it half the sugar and it was still too sweet, so I doubled the lime. You had better love molasses if you want to like this drink. Personally, I think the Fernet overpowers the Cynar, but really, the molasses overpowers them both. Next time, I'd try my existing changes, plus inverting the Fernet / Cynar ratio and splitting the rum with a dry white rum without molasses -- maybe even an agricole. Or cachaca.

christina in tacoma's picture

I doubled the lime, subbed ginger syrup for the demerera and Pusser's British Navy for the Cruzan Blackstrap (not a fan of the Blackstrap). With these changes I thought this was pretty good.

I saw a rendition of this at a local favorite bar of mine using Pyrat XO Reserve. As I love that rum I tried my hand at it at home. One of the best rum cocktails I've had in a long time.

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