An avid coffee geek, Daniel Moik, the head bartender at Yours Truly in Hamilton, Bermuda, has had his fair share of Espresso & Tonics, which was the starting point for this cocktail. The rum has a butterscotch and vanilla note but finishes dry. Maple syrup adds sweetness, Angostura bitters lend complexity, and orange zest matches the tonic’s citrus notes.
“A Rum & Tonic is like the two friends you have and you can’t figure out why they’re so close until you really spend time with them,” says Moik. “This drink is a great summertime pick-me-up as the sun is setting and you need that little boost to keep the party going.”
This recipe originally appeared as part of “It's Time to Give the Rum & Tonic Its Due.”
Add all ingredients except the tonic into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a highball glass over large ice cubes.
Top with the tonic and stir gently.
Garnish with an orange peel.