The Hundred Year Old Cigar Cocktail

Your cocktail calendar entry for: March
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Today we’re going to turn to the Hundred Year Old Cigar cocktail as Drink of the Day just because it’s delicious.

There’s history here.  On this day in 1915 Einstein published the General Theory of Relativity, a sequel to his 1904 bestseller Special Relativity.  It’s not every day somebody provides a unified theory explaining gravity as a geometric property of space and time, but we don’t have time right now to get into special cases of the Riemann curvature tensor.  So we’ll leave it at that.  Also, in 1942 Douglas MacArthur delivered his famous “I shall return” speech in Australia, having narrowly escaped the Philippines as it fell to Japan with, unfortunately, some 90 thousand people left on Bataan.  We all wince when thinking of that little stroll in the park, so that’s off the table too.

Both those historic events are distressingly difficult cocktail fodder, but hope is not lost.  Today is also National Ravioli Day and National Kick Butts Day (the latter referring to smoking rather than recreational use of the foot).  Ravioli are generally considered a poor cocktail ingredient or garnish, so through this process of elimination we turn to tobacco.  In the interest of family health, though, we’ll step around any tobacco infusions that readers may consider a poor choice for children.  Hence, for a cocktail the whole family can enjoy while slowly driving one another nuts during this stay at home time, we turn to a tasty standby:  the Hundred Year Old Cigar.

As always, it’s an easy recipe using only ordinary household supplies:

Hundred Year Old Cigar

Hundred Year Old Cigar

While this recipe is perhaps a bit more complicated than average it works brilliantly and is very much worth trying, with rich flavors that are remarkably similar to those of an old cigar.  Even if it is, shall we say, a bit sweeter.
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  • 1 ¾ oz Aged rum Go ahead use the real Cuban stuff and break out your Havana Club 7. Or Zacapa 23 if you’re momentarily out of Cuban rum.
  • ½ oz Cynar
  • ½ oz Benedictine
  • ¼ oz Laphroaig
  • 1 dash Aromatic bitters
  • ¼ tsp Absinthe
  • Garnish: none


  • Add ingredients up to the bitters to your trusty mixing glass
  • Add ice and stir
  • Rinse your (already, of course) chilled cocktail glass with absinthe
  • Pour
  • Drink
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