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Chino Lopez Rum Cocktail | Rum and Vermouth Magic |

Chino Lopez

Chino Lopez is my barber. I know naming a drink after ones barber is odd, but he is a very cool barber and works really hard. Chino is so cool he deserves a drink named after him.  When I designed this cocktail I wanted something with a bit of a different flavor than the norm, and a bit bad a$$.  The addition of both sweet vermouth and benedictine lend a boozy earthiness to the drink.  Dash in some Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters, which are more cinnamon forward to balance the drink.  

If you are wondering why name a drink after a barber? That’s a different story, I prefer interesting barbershops.  Something from a movie, my last barber in Tampa was in an edgy hip hop style barbershop, more razor than scissor.  Chino is the owner of this Latin barbershop.  No one is safe from a ribbing, everyone gets a great haircut, this place is full of “chignon’s”, and I love going there.  

Enjoy the Chino Lopez, its worth the effort.  Here is a cut and paste for your happy hour menu:

Chino Lopez

White Rum. Sweet Vermouth. Benedictine. Aromatic Bitters.

Chino Lopez

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By Rick Britt Serves: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes


  • 2 ounces of White Rum
  • 1/2 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce Benedictine
  • 1 Dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters
  • Orange Twist as Garnish



Stir all with a generous portion of ice for 30 seconds


Strain into a chilled coupe


Garnish with orange twist

If you like this try our other cocktails: 

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