Thought we’d let you in on some fantastic drink recipes that utilize the dynamite  flavors and tastiest fruits of Cuba, on this hot Spring day. Remember, all the fruit and vegetables in Cuba are organic. No pesticides, no GMOs. Sweet and succulent, your taste buds will thank you for bringing them along for the trip.

Fresh Pineapple, mint, limes, sugar cane juice called guarapo, and the legendary, Havana Club rum. You’ll have to make it down to Cuba to fetch some of that, but don’t worry, we can help with that part!

Celery Mojito, Cuban Poison and Cuban Cosmo recipes

Hemmingway pictured below, drinking with US Sailors.

EH 5084P Spencer Tracy, Ernest and Mary Hemingway, and others at La Florida, Havana, Cuba, circa 1955. Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

EH 5084P Spencer Tracy, Ernest and Mary Hemingway, and others at La Florida, Havana, Cuba, circa 1955. Photograph in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

 

 

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CELERY MOJITO

Celery juice adds an earthy component to this traditionally very sweet drink. Refreshingly easy to drink on a hot summer evening in Havana.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon Cuban honey substitute (substitute 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed cane juice or guarapo)
1 tablespoon hot water
3 mint leaves
2 oz celery juice
1 oz  Havana Club white rum
1 oz lime juice
5 ice cubes
club soda

Directions

1. Pour honey and hot water into cocktail shaker and shake to dissolve the honey.

2. Place mint leaves in shaker and use muddler (or wooden spoon) to gently twist mint leaves 5-6 times. You want the essential oils to release but you do not want to shred the leaves.

3. Add rum, lime juice and ice cubes. Shake and pour into a tall Collins glass. Top with club soda and serve with straw.

Yield: 1 cocktail

 

CUBAN POISON

 Ingredients
  • 1 oz. Havana Club white rum
  • 1 oz. Grenadine
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lime and cherry (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Add Curacao to glass, then layer grenadine by pouring over a spoon, then Combine rum and curacao in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, then pour into a cocktail glass over a spoon again.
  2. Fill the rest of the glass with chilled pineapple juice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. Yield: 1 cocktail

 

CUBAN COSMO

Ingredients

  • 2 lime wedges and 1 cherry
  • mint leaves (a handful)
  • 1 1/2 ozs Havana Club white rum
  • 1/2 ozs sour mix
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • ice

Directions

  1. Muddle lime slices and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker or pint glass.
  2. Add all other ingredients and plenty of ice.
  3. Shake and then strain into martini glasses.
  4. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy! Yields 1 cocktail