The other night when I made it I was concerned because of the striking and discordant bitter after taste. Curacao has an innate bitterness but it is subtle so I could not understand this new concern. I had concerns about the culture there (I had visited St. Maarten island in 2012). I was consterning about this for a couple days and then decided to give the cocktail another try. I suggested that maybe too much of the bitters was used and continued to wonder if the Curacao liqueur revealed a problem. The blue or clear Curacao becomes the option for this mixology. The orange color may be too complementary.
This evening I was still able to enjoy this mixology. It is fruity and spirited well. Almost makes me feel like I am in a foreign country like Cuba enjoying a distant culture. It has that kind of effect as I drink it. I think the call of the rum is important. I know the Bacardi is a good common rum for the Americas. To mix this with the Bacardi 8-year aged makes sense and may provide more solidity to the mixology than an younger rum may have. The bitters went unnoticed tonight. The lime is a nice complement. A splash of pure cane syrup provides an added sweetness I desire. Why not? Cheers!