It’s hard to say why rum seems more romantic than whiskey. Is it the aromas of a languid beach vacation? The devil-may-care piratic associations? We do not know. But we love Equiano rums, and this concoction—just a little off the beaten path—should get your celebration started.
THE EQUIANO MANHATTAN
2 oz Equiano
1 oz high-quality sweet vermouth
½ tsp maraschino liquor
1 dash angostura bitter
Orange twist to serve
Combine ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.
And there’s a feel-good addendum: Equiano donates 5 percent of global company profits and $2 of every bottle sold through their website to ground level freedom and equality organizations, such as their grant recipient last year, Anti-Slavery International.