Cuban rum is made from sugar cane syrup
and is world renowned for it's quality. The ageing process
is carried out in white oak barrels, in the natural environment
of the island with its humid, warm climate. Havana Club,
founded back in 1878, is famous worldwide with its several
classes; Silver Dry (white rum), 3 years, 5 years, 7 years
and Old Reserve variants. Seven years old Havana Club rum
is the cocktail makers favourite because of its quality,
some drink it "on the rocks", and others prefer it straight.
Typical Cuban rum cocktails are the Mojito, which North
American writer Ernest Hemingway used to drink at the "Bodeguita
del Medio", today it is almost a myth to drink there; the
refreshing Daiquiri, a speciality of "El Floridita" restaurant;
the traditional Cubalibre and the Havana Special or Cubata.
To prepare a Mojito: mix 1-teaspoon sugar,
˝ lemon juice and a sprig of sweet mint leaf with ice cubes.
Add 4cc Havana Club white rum, soda water and stir. And
remember the key, is the stirring hand. Serve in a long
To prepare a Cuba-Libre: mix ˝ lemons juice
and coke with ice cubes. Add 4cc Havana Club. Serve in a
To prepare a Cubata: As the Cuba Libre
but using 7 year Rum instead of Silver Dry. Serve in a long
To prepare a Daiquiri: - Hemingway's favourite
drink while hanging out in the "Floridita" old Havana. Brake
the ice into small pieces using a blender, add lemon, a
teaspoon of sugar and Silver dry rum. Top with a cherry
if you have one! Serve in a champagne glass.