The Nico Melendez

The Nico Melendez

Nicole Kane, a bartender at the elegant cocktail bar at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, devised this sophisticated rum-based cocktail. It requires a bit of work — two syrups must be made — but the results are impressive. For optimal flavor, freshly squeezed juices are essential. (Any leftover cinnamon syrup — and those chocolate bitters — can be deployed to make a delicious, surprising variation on an Old-Fashioned).



    1. Step 1

      Shake the liquid ingredients with ice, and strain into a rocks glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with the mint sprigs, orange twist and cinnamon.