Last of the Ancient Breed Cocktail

  • Serves

    serves 6

  • Cook

    1 hour 15 minutes


By Alex Bachman

Published on January 22, 2016

In this warm drink, Alex Bachman of Billy Sunday in Chicago adds a mix of Jamaican and St. Lucian rums to a dry red wine reduction flavored with quince, chamomile, and bitter cacao nibs to balance the fruitiness.


  • 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine
  • 12 cup cocoa nibs
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 14 cup dried chamomile flowers
  • 5 quinces (about 2 1/4 lbs.), quartered
  • 3 oz. Hamilton 7-Year St. Lucian Rum
  • 3 oz. Hamilton Pot Still Jamaican Black Rum
  • Cedar cones, to garnish


Step 1

In a medium saucepan, combine the wine with the cocoa nibs, sugar, chamomile, quince, and 1 cup water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the quinces are soft, about 45 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, pour the wine through a fine sieve into a bowl, and discard the solids.

Step 2

Pour 4 cups of the wine into a small saucepan (save any remaining for another use), and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in both rums. Divide the cocktail among 6 warmed coffee mugs and garnish each mug with a cedar cone before serving.

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