Cuban Drinks

by Laura on September 2, 2015

in Cocktails, Drink, Partaking, Travel

Cuba Drinks

Some of our favorite Cuban drinks

 

It’s hot in Cuba, and we found lots of drinks to quench our thirst along the way. Below we’ve shared our favorites, from coffee and jugos naturales to daiquiris and mojitos. Cuba refreshed our days and rejuvenated our bodies after miles of walking and investigating all that the island has to offer.

CocoFrio500Coco Frio – You can’t get more natural than this – just drill a hole, add a straw and drink up the natural goodness of coconut water.

 

Aquas FrescasJugos Naturales – fruit, water and sweetener – honey or sugar – put it in a blender and you’ve a deliciously refreshing juice for breakfast, or whenever you need a lift. We started our days in Cuba with watermelon.

Cuban CoffeeCoffee – Coffee has been grown in Cuba for more than two centuries, but it is more than the coffee that is grown, it is the culture that helps define Cuban coffee. I first encountered this culture while living on the edge of Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, but now, I can say that enjoyed a cafecito (an espresso shot sweetened with demerara sugar during the brewing process) first hand in Cuba.

Havana ClubRum – lots of sugar cane results in rum. And that is what is at the heart of so many of our favorite Cuban drinks. When enjoying it straight up, my choice is Havana Club, Anejo 7.

Guayabita del PinarA visit to Pinar del Rio unearthed another drink for me – Guayabita del Pinar – made only in this region, using the guayabita – smaller than the guava. Considered Pinar del Rio’s ‘tequila,’ the person who gets the last drink of the bottle gets the guayabita, and a bit of luck (which is much more palatable to me than a worm).

MojitoThe mojito – We have been drinking mojitos for years (and served them at our Miami wedding), but this was our first Cuban-made mojito. Each bar we visited claimed that had the best in town.

Typical Drink VinalesThen there was the drink we had at the organic farm in Vinales. They called it ‘typical,’ with no specific name, but we did learn that it is made of pineapple juice and five medicinal herbs – anise, mint, yerba Buena, basil and cinnamon – along with milk and honey. It can be consumed as is, but we agreed to have a bit of ‘vitamin’ added (i.e. rum).

Cuba BellaCuba Bella – Lemon juice, grenadine, mint, and 7-year-old rum. Served at a restaurant in Plaza Vieja, which seemed to cater to the tourists. We endured the music (think Beatles with a Cuban rhythm), as we were soon heading to an evening filled with traditional Cuban rhythms.

Cane Juice and RumFresh-pressed sugar cane juice and rum – a simple drink served at Las Cuevas del Indio in Vinales.

 

Soroa WineA local wine from Soroa – a perfect complement to a homemade dinner in our homestay.

 

Cuba LibreCuba Libre – Cuban rum, lime, and local ‘Coke’ served over ice — simple and delicious.

 

DaquiriThe Daiquiri – enjoyed at La Floridita in Habana Vieja, just where Hemingway enjoyed drinking them.

 

BucaneroBucanero – along with Cristal, are the two cerveza nacional that we enjoyed time and again to cool us off.

 

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