I am a bad pirate. I’ve never been a fan of rum.

Somehow it feels too sweet for me. Cuba Libre (a.k.a. rum and cola), Pina Colada, Dark and Stormy… All of them too sweet. I sip them and then someone else drinks them. I admit a Mojito can be really nice, but it has to be done to perfection, with very little sugar.

So I was looking for a good reason to start appreciating rum and I found el Macuá.

At first it felt a little superficial – what with being invented only in 2006, and for the Nicaraguan National Drink Contest, and actually winning it.

But, it’s made with white rum, which is much drier and lighter in taste than the gold or dark varieties. It sounds like a villainous conquistador. And it’s named after a Nicaraguan bird thought to have aphrodisiac properties. It’s fresh, light and slightly tart. In short, great to be sipped aboard a lilo or galleon, sunbathing while adrift on a dead calm sea.

Now I feel like a good pirate. Yarrr.


60ml of white rum (please don’t use Bacardi)
60ml white guava juice
30ml lemon juice
Sugar, to taste (I like 2 teaspoons of sugar)
A few drops of Angostura Bitters
Ice cubes
A slice of lemon or orange, to garnish


Mixing up this drink is really easy. Place the rum, the guava and lemon juices and the bitters in your shaker with a couple of ice cubes. Shake well for about 30 seconds and then pour through a strainer into a highball glass filled with fresh ice cubes (using a strainer helps to gett rid of the foam). Garnish with the lemon slice and enjoy!

Photography: Dee Ramadan
Styling: Margherita Poggiali