The Chadburn

Cocktail in coupe glass
The Chadburn, a port and pear drink from Martin Cate's book, "Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki."

Martin Cate is a rum expert who's been spreading the tiki gospel since opening San Francisco's infamous Smuggler's Cove in 2009. Now, he's penned his own magnum opus of tropical cocktails, hitting shelves this coming June.

Note: The Chadburn (named for the Chadburn telegraph) is quite sweet, and makes a fine after-dinner drink. But it’s easily converted to a more preprandial version by decreasing the amount of port and pear liqueur to ¼ ounce each.


  • 12 ounce tawny port
  • 12 ounce natural pear liqueur, such as Mathilde Poire
  • 2 ounces blended aged rum, such as El Dorado 8 Year or Appleton Estate Reserve
  • 6 drops Bittermens Xocolatl Chocolate Mole Bitters


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass. Fill with cracked or cubed ice. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe.