Corn 'n' Oil

Corn 'n' Oil cocktail in an old-fashioned glass

Stir with ice, strain and serve over a large ice cube in an old-fashioned glass. Alternatively, add ingredients to glass, fill with crushed ice, and stir.

The Corn 'n' Oil is a traditional drink from Barbados and Jamaica. It's origins are lost in time. The name comes from the light and dark colors of a version of the drink served over crushed ice with a float of black rum on top. Other versions add ½ oz of lime juice but this takes it too close to the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. The drink was popularized recently in the USA by Seattle bartender Murray Stenson. He chose to use blackstrap rum (a black rum with a heavy molasses flavor). It might make the drink look like an oil slick but it tastes far better with an aged Barbados rum.

We prefer the recipe above from Difford's Guide and Smuggler's Cove. It is a rum-based version of the Old-Fashioned with falernum instead of simple syrup. It is wonderful how the addition of a little falernum and some bitters transform a mere glass of rum into a cocktail. The end result tastes very good and very different from just a glass of rum. Though it must be said that 'just a glass of rum' is a very fine drink too—especially with the Plantation Barbados 5 year.