Fidel’s Swizzle

Thanks to respectable establishments like Smugglers Cove, tiki bars are making a resurgence. One of my favorite tiki drinks is the relatively new Kaiteur Swizzle, created by Smugglers Cove founder Martin Cate. The Kaiteur Swizzle, named for the massive waterfall, requires a Guyanan blended aged rum, like El Durado. Alone, and too lazy to venture to the liquor store to buy some, I improvised and substituted Havana Club Añejo 7 Años a masterful Cuban rum, to create Fidel’s Swizzle.

The drink would make the Cuban “president for life” quite proud.

Original Version

Martin Cate’s Original from the Smugglers Cove book uses 2 oz blended aged Guyanan rum, and serves in a Collins glass, with crushed ice, garnished with a napkin wrap.

Cocktail with city behind it


  • 2 oz Havana Club Añejo 7 Años
  • .5 oz John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
  • .5 oz Maple Syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice


Tom Collins Glass


  • Add all ingredients to Tom Collins glass
  • Swizzle with swizzle stick, or bar spoon if you don’t have one
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

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