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Cuban Cocktails for Hot Summer Days

With everything Cuban set to hit our shores this summer, throwing a Cuban inspired cocktail evening is a good way to get into the festive spirit Havana style. Seeing that it’s all about celebration, we teamed up with Havana Club for these signature rum cocktails. Don some vibrant colours, put on some Salsa tunes and treat friends to a little taste of Cuba – with these rum cocktails – perfectly paired with a hot summer night.

“These are some of the most famous cocktails which I love to make with Cuba’s greatest export – Havana Club 7,” says Kresan Naidu, mixologist and rum ambassador for Havana Club Añejo 7Años in South Africa.”


A predecessor of the Daiquiri and a close brother of the Navy Grog, the Canchanchara might very well be the essence of the Cuban cocktail. It has its roots in the fight for independence and is a drink that would have been a quick fix to any ailments suffered in the sugarcane fields, says Naidu. Having a Canchanchara is not only a great cocktail, but a taste of Cuban history.


60 ml Havana Club 7

25 ml Fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons of liquid honey


In a low glass add 1 teaspoon lime juice and 2 teaspoons liquid honey. Stir and mix

Add 50 ML of Havana Club 7. Stir again to completely dilute the honey. Add 6 large ice cubes and stir.

Garnish with a few coffee beans on top.

Papi Mabele
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