Dirt 'n Diesel

2 oz Virgin Islands Rum, Cruzan Blackstrap
12 oz Fernet Branca
12 oz Rich demerara syrup 2:1
14 oz Cynar
14 oz Lime juice
1 wdg Lime (as garnish)
Shake, strain, straight up, coupe
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I doubled the lime, subbed

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.

Made it half the sugar and it

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.

I saw a rendition of this at

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.