Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, May 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Kobi Gutman

Let’s Talk about Mixology, Part 32

by Amer A. Vargas

Havano cocktail

For those who like to try new things, you might want to prepare this eye-catching and wonderful cocktail.

During my recent visit to Varadero, Cuba, Paradisus Varadero’s Resident Manager Carlos Martínez-Almoyna shared the following video and suggested we make it known in the MBJ: 

Elio, barman at Paradisus Antilles, prepares a Havano cocktail, a drink that mixes the best of Cuba when it comes to pleasing the senses: Cigars and Rum.

Summarizing the video, this is how it is created.

The following recipe serves 4.

One cigar serves 4-6 (or more, depending on length). Cut the cigar in chunks of about one inch and open/unravel the tobacco so that it is easy to light. Hold the tobacco with a set of tongs and light it. Then place above it, upside down, a lowball glass so that it is impregnated with the tobacco smoke.

Add 3 dashes of Angostura bitters into a shaker, two lemon and two lime twists (after spritzing their citric essential oils), and 1oz of thin honey. Muddle gently with a pestle and then add 4oz of 7-year old Cuban rum. Next add some ice cubes and stir. Strain into the smoke-coated glass and rim with a lemon twist, adding it as garnish.

Enjoy mi amol!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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