The Swizzle Français is the creation of none other than Martin Cate, the man behind the Smuggler’s Cove tiki revival restaurant and the cocktail book of the same name. It’s a simple recipe, but it’s bursting with the flavors of the rum islands: grassy sugarcane rhum agricole (preferably aged), tart lime, and the multilayered piquancy of allspice dram.
Add everything (except the nutmeg), plus crushed ice, to a tall glass or tiki mug. Place a swizzle stick or barspoon in the ice, and roll the stem between your palms to gently whisk, moving and and down in the glass until mixed and well-chilled. Top with additional crushed ice, if needed, and dust with fresh-grated nutmeg. Garnish with a mint sprig and a wedge or wheel of lime.
- Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate