Sepia's Autumn Sweater Recipe

Sepia's Autumn Sweater Recipe

[Photograph: Roger Kamholz]

This refined rum cocktail from Chicago's Sepia hides a festive tiki core. A burnt-sugar backbone from the aged Guatemalan rum is deepened with the sweet, nutty, baking-spice notes of falernum, a syrup typically made from almond, ginger, clove and lime that's a staple of many a Caribbean bar. Calvados, the French apple brandy, lends a telltale flavor of the season.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 1 minute
  • Total time:1 minute


  • 1 1/2 ounces Ron Zacapa rum
  • 1 ounce Calvados
  • 1 ounce falernum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Lemon wheel


  1. 1.

    Combine rum, calvados, falernum, lemon, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.