These delicious recipes include refreshing strawberry-lychee punch and fantastic sparkling mojitos.
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Chef Jose Enrique’s family comes from Cuba, where they were famous for their pineapple soda—it was once the country’s most popular soft drink after Coke. Enrique makes a mojito version of it, using a rich brown sugar–pineapple syrup, rum, mint and club soda.
In his 2001 book Straight Up or On the Rocks, William Grimes claims that Ernest Hemingway "often worked his way through about a dozen of these lime slurpees, sometimes ordering doubles, which became known as Papa Dobles."
The "Rum Daisy" appeared in a 1930s book from the famed bar La Florida in Havana. The original recipe called for Bacardi rum, but Jeff Berry recommends Cruzan Aged Light Rum from the Virgin Islands, Flor de Caña Extra Dry from Nicaragua or Mount Gay Special Reserve from Barbados.
Mixologist Richard Boccato dubbed this tropical drink after the ancestral name for St. Lucia, where his parents run a B&B. He prefers making the cocktail with Chairman's Reserve Silver (a.k.a. white) rum because it's one of the best he's ever tasted—and it's made on St. Lucia.
The mojito may be Cuba’s national cocktail. The drink gets its name from the African word mojo, which means "to cast a spell." Making mojitos in a pitcher doesn't work—it’s impossible to distribute the lime and mint evenly, plus the club soda tends to turn flat. Instead, muddle a large batch of mint, limes and sugar, then pour the mixture into glasses and top with ice, rum and club soda.