Tracks On The Rocks #2 - Cuba
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Jul 19, 2021
10 January 2019
Welcome to the second episode of Tracks On The Rocks, a tribute to a few of our all-time favorite things: travel, music and cocktails.
The premise is simple: discovering each country through three essential tunes and drinks.
If you’re a fan of salsa dancing and vintage convertibles, rejoice: this time around, we’re taking you to Cuba.
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Mojito – Buena Vista Social Club: El Cuarto de Tula
The clean freshness of mint, the bite of lime juice and the sweetness of sugar all combine to make one of Cuba’s most famous exports. There could be nothing better to pair it with than this classic tune by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club.
Muddle a handful of fresh mint leaves with two teaspoons of sugar or simple syrup and a fresh lime cut into wedges into a Collins glass. Top with crushed ice, add 1 1/2 oz white rum and 1/2 cup soda water, stir and serve garnished with a sprig of mint.
We love that you can dress this drink up in any number of ways. Add fresh strawberries, or try using golden rum and Demarara sugar for a richer taste.
Daiquiri – Celia Cruz: Guantanamera
Perhaps the best-known and most-noted patriotic Cuban song, Guantanamera’s most famous version is by the legendary queen of salsa, Celia Cruz — appearing on at least 241 different records or compilations of hers. Perfect enjoyed alongside an iconic Daiquiri — one of Ernest Hemingway’s ultimate favorites.
Freshly squeeze ¾ oz lime juice and pour into a cocktail shaker. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of white cane sugar into the juice. Pour in 2 oz of white rum. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain and serve in a chilled cocktail coupe.
Cuban Style Piña Colada – Orishas: Represent Cuba
This recipe dating all the way back to 1922 is the first ever written reference to a Piña Colada, and is now referred to as a Cuban Style Piña Colada – as it’s more like a smooth and tasty pineapple Daiquiri, sans cream of coconut. This fresh and playful drink is perfect enjoyed by the ocean, feet in the sand, grooving to the rhythmic tunes of cult band Orishas.
Combine 2 oz Havana Club 7 year old rum with 4 oz freshly pressed pineapple juice, 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice and 1/4 oz simple syrup into an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy !