3 Recipes For Unforgettable Cuban Mixed Drinks
Whether you are vacationing in Cuba or traveling as part of a People-to-People Cuba tour, you will probably sample another tasty staple of this Caribbean island; rum made from the country’s abundant sugarcane crops.
The warm days, sandy beaches and constant flow of rhythmic music seem to blend perfectly with a favorite rum concoction mixed by a friendly bartender at any of the many bars and nightclubs in Cuba.
Day or night, indoors or outside, rum and something are an enticing mixture at any of the country’s many bars. Want to learn more about sociability in Cuba? Contact Yordi or Dave at Info@travelguidecuba.com.
Cuba’s bar scene has had legendary guests including stars of stage and screen, gangsters, rum runners, politicians and generals with causes. These personalities have all enjoyed the hospitality of Cuba’s vibrant bar scene.
The Bacardi family, who first made their world famous Bacardi rum from Cuba’s rich sugar crops and hired thousands of workers but who lost their holdings in the Revolution, put Cuba’s alcoholic beverage industry on the global map. It has remained there ever since.
Cubans know how to mix and serve a good drink but they also excel at staging a happening and creating an atmosphere where sociability and various rum concoctions encourage sociability and social intercourse. It is all part of the Cuban, Caribbean experience.
Cuba’s rum is a respected commodity that is sought in all corners of the world. Cuba’s bars enjoy a lofty reputation for hospitality, professionalism, creativity and sociability. For a good time, travel to Cuba, have a Cuban-made cigar, enjoy the music and the rest will take care of itself.
The three most popular cocktails in Cub are the Mojito, the Daiquiri and Cuba Libre. All three drinks call for Cuban-made white rum as the core ingredient.
The Mojito was the personal favorite of author Ernest Hemingway who preferred the ambiance and mixings prepared by El Floridita’s bartenders to any other bar or cocktail. The Mojito is best mixed with 40ml white rum, 30 ml fresh lime juice, three sprigs of mint, two teaspoons of sugar and a touch of soda water. To mix the perfect the Hemingway Mojito, muddle the mint with the sugar and lime juice in a highball glass and add white rum on top. Then, add your soda water, garnish with an extra sprig of mint and serve with a straw. Wow! It’s no wonder Hemingway could not resist this refreshing cocktail that inspired his creative pursuits.
The Daiquiri is another special Cuban cocktail that was most likely named for Daiquiri Beach near Santiago de Cuba. A bit fruitier than the Mojito, the daiquiri, was rose to prominence in Cuba in the 1920’s. Today, daiquiris are made with bananas, strawberries and other fruits.
The recipe for the daiquiri is sometimes tinkered with by experienced bartenders but the core recipe includes 45mil white rum, 20ml fresh lemon or lime juice and 5ml gomme syrup (a sugar and water mixture with added gum Arabic). The ingredients are poured into a share that contains ice cubes and is then well shaken. Strain and serve in a daiquiri glass. The barkeeps at El Floridita began to add a touch of maraschino liqueur to the cocktail in the 20’s.
Cuba Libre is Spanish for “Free Cuba.” The drink was popularized around 1900 and was enjoyed by supporters who opposed Spanish and American rule. The drink is known as a rum and coke outside the island.
Mix 50ml white rum with 100ml cola. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a wedge of lime. Light, effervescent and refreshing, the Cuba Libre is easy to make and just as easy to enjoy.
These three cocktails are mainstays of Cuba’s bar industry and are usually available at every drinking emporium enjoyed by travelers from around the globe. Introduce yourself to the barkeep, pull up a chair or stool and order your favorite refreshment as you enjoy the wonderful sounds of Cuba.
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