Captain’s Blood Cocktail

Robert answers a viewer’s question about bitters in this episode of The Cocktail Spirit. Specifically, he discusses basic “rules” when using bitters in cocktails.

Similar to the Daiquiri, the Captain’s Blood Cocktail is typically made with a darker, Jamaican rum rather than a lighter style rum; any dark rum will do. The main difference you will find is that the measurements of both lime juice and simple syrup are reduced significantly allowing the rum and bitters to really shine. Building off the base of the Daiquiri (or a rum sour), this cocktail contains aromatic bitters that elevate it to a new height of complexity. Some recipes will also contain Falernum. If you have it, try the drink both with and without Falernum and let us know what you think.


1 1/2 oz dark rum

1/4 oz lime juice

1/4 oz simple syrup

2 dashes of Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters


Shake with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with spiral of lemon peel.


Arian 1 Aug 2013
6:20 pm

Hey - Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question!

Michael S. 6 Aug 2013
9:03 pm

Delightful drink.  I used the Appleton V/X that I had on hand and it worked nicely.  You mention that it’s an old drink - do we know when and where it first appeared?

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