Their transcendence in the taste of one generation after another in diverse parts of the world has earned them a special date on a global scale.
The Piña Colada, the Mojito and the Daiquiri, three great icons in the world of cocktails, celebrate their International Day on July 10, 11 and 19, respectively.
It is a date to enjoy them, taste their characteristic fresh and tropical flavor in the world’s bars. But if there is a perfect place to celebrate it is Cuba, and an ideal rum to prepare them, Havana Club.
Alfredo Guerra, Global Brand Ambassador, comments that, “although the largest island in the Caribbean joined the production of rum a little late, it was here that this cheerful descendant of sugar cane went from being a simply interesting drink to a classic and modern spirit. What was thought about rum up to that moment, totally changed with Cuban rum. Thus a product emerged that everyone could enjoy, lighter, more refined, balanced and easy to combine.
“And it is this new style of rum that makes it possible for these great cocktails to emerge that, despite being among the oldest, have transcended and are found today in almost all bars around the world, whether in their original recipe or in their many versions.”
It is highly unlikely that the Daiquiri and the Mojito would have been created without the Cuban Light Rum in its most traditional and popular expression: the Carta Blanca.
And when we talk about rum produced in Cuba, obtained from 100% national raw materials, naturally aged in oak barrels and the fruit of complex mixtures jealously guarded by our Cuban Rum Masters, a privileged place corresponds to the Havana Club Añejo 3 Years.
“With extraordinary complexity and a perfect balance in flavor and aroma, Havana Club Añejo 3 Years is the ideal rum for preparing these cocktails. Because of its simple recipe, where all its ingredients are exposed, its own origins demand an authentic Cuban light rum.”
Special editions of El Ron de Cuba have recently been created, designed for bartenders, who have been able to enhance the flavor of each mix with these new bases. For example, the Professional Edition A, created in collaboration with renowned bartender Alejandro Bolívar, has provided a new dimension of flavor to the Daiquiri and other cocktails.
The origin of the Cuban Mojito
The Mojito’s history dates back to about five centuries ago. It is said that it was invented by pirate Sir Francis Drake, which is why it was baptized “El Draque” and was prepared with sugarcane spirit, sugar, lemon and mint. It was then used as a medicine to treat scurvy and dysentery in the Caribbean islands.
Each version also repeats that it was in Cuba that the current recipe for this refreshing cocktail was conceived, and where it gained popularity. La Bodeguita del Medio Bar-Restaurant is its temple par excellence, although where Havana Club is, the guarantee of a delicious Mojito is certain.
Meanwhile, the Daiquiri was born in Santiago de Cuba at the end of the 19th century, and was taken to Havana, where it achieved resounding success at El Floridita Bar-Restaurant, the cradle of today’s cocktail. Its world fame is also due to Nobel Prize for Literature Ernest Hemingway, who made the place and one of the variants of the Daiquiri two of his passions.
The Natural Daiquiri―shaken by hand or in a shaker―is the most popular.
A curious fact: there are currently 17 types of Daiquiri. Fruits such as mango, banana, strawberry, pineapple, peach, kiwi, apple, passion fruit, define the rest of the recipes, which are also very liked, as a result of the cocktail’s evolution.
Finally, although the Piña Colada is not a Cuban cocktail―it is said that it was created in Puerto Rico in the 1950s―the mix of rum with pineapple juice served in well-known bars such as El Floridita, or the mix with coconut, as in the case of Saoco, were already famous in Cuba, Alfredo Guerra explains.
He adds that it is very likely that all these ingredients were brought together by some Cuban bartender working in a lesser-known bar than the Caribbean Hilton in San Juan.
Therefore, these iconic cocktails are celebrating their day and July becomes a month dedicated to rum. It’s the moment to celebrate and responsibly enjoy the wide range of flavors and experiences that rums and cocktails offer us. It’s time to make a toast.