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The rum from Cuba has a worldwide reputation.
Rum distinguishes itself from other spirits by the plant from which it is made: sugar cane, a member of the grass family that has its Origins in Papua New Guinea but is now grown in tropical climes all over the world. Some distilleries use fresh cane juice while others use the byproduct of the sugar. Refining process known as molasses as the raw material for the fermentation process. The rum is aged in oak barrels from which the spirit obtains its color and flavour.
There are several rum brands like :
HAVANA CLUB (the best known)
Mojito is a traditional Cuban blend, a rum and mint cocktail, invented in Cuba, which became trendy in the United States during the late 1890s. Ernest Hemingway was partial to the Mojitos at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, his recipe had no sugar. This is how they prepare Mojito cocktails at La Bodeguita del Medio:
1 teaspoon of sugar
¼ ounce fresh limejuice,
2 mint sprigs
Add 1½ oz. white Cuban rum to 2 oz. soda water and 4 crushed ice cubes.
Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Daiquiri is a family of Cuban cocktails whose main ingredients are rum and limejuice . Daiquiri is also the name of a beach near Santiago de Cuba, and an iron mine in that area. It is said that an American named Jennings Cox, an engineer who worked in the mine, invented the drink when he ran out of gin while entertaining guests. Daiquiri Natural is the basic mix, that serves as the starting point to the more complex cocktails of the family:
1.3 oz. light-dry Cuban rum
0.7 oz. limejuice
1 teaspoon sugar
Mix the ingredients in a shaker and serve.
The Cuba Libre is a Cuban cocktail made of:
3 ounces cola
1 ounce rum
Rub the rim of a highball glass with lime. Fill with ice. Add rum and fill with cola. Drop in the lime squeeze.
An all-time classic cocktail from Havana Cuba: Blend in the shaker:
5 cl Pineapple juice
5 cl Havana Club Anejo Blanco
A dash of Maraschino
Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
Exists in different versions:
3 years old Havana Club (Anejo Blanco)
5 years old Havana Club (Anejo oro)
7 years old Havana Club (Anejo 7 anos)
Havana Club 15 years old – Grand Reserva
Salsa music and plenty of rum characterized the start of the first International Cuban rum festival in June 2004, with the attendance of several hundred rum experts from 30 countries. Local artists provided the entertainment for a gathering in which eight of the most selective rums of Cuba began to make their appearance, now with the prospect of being sold all over the world.
New brands such as Vacilûn,which is being sold in the domestic market, were introduced at the festival. Vacilûn is produced in the distillery of the Urbano Noris sugar mill, in eastern Holguín Province, 700 kilometers east of Havana, using special molasses as the main raw materials. Even though it has 40 degrees of alcohol, this kind of rum is 100-percent natural, softer and more agreeable than the traditional rums known in Cuba.
The company Havana Club International has also brought out a new brand, known as Cuban Barrel Proof, a new member of the select family of rums. Bottled straight from oak casks, without being purified or diluted, the new product was created by Maestro José Navarro, and is rum of unbelievable taste, color and intensity. Due to its 45 degrees of alcohol, the rum leaves a pleasing aftertaste, and has a mixed flavor of coffee and cocoa.
A member of the organizing committee of the International Rum Festival, Regla Gimenes, stated that the introduction of the new products is an expression of free competition that will increase the preference for Cuban rums in the global market, gaining more customers for the spiritual drink. The festival program included commercial fairs, keynote lectures, including one entitled "The Exclusiveness of Cuban Rum," theoretical meetings, cocktail competitions, and blind tasting, as well as visits to factories and sugar cane plantations.
Meanwhile in Malaysia a nearly two-month long Cuban festival was held in May 2005. Called "Cuba 2005 Festival," the program was formally opened in Kuala Lumpur and reached the states of Selangor, Penang, Pahang, Malacca, Kedah, Terengannu, Johor, Sarawak, and Perak. The event was part of the festivities for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-Cuba ambassadorial relations, and included trying typical Cuban dishes, the advertising of Cuban rum, cigars, beer, coffee and Coppelia ice cream, as well as painting exhibitions.
Fine Rum, Cuban Cigars, and Fidel Castro. In spite of Cuba's reputation and investment in the product, on December 4, 2002 the Associated Press reported how Fidel Castro has given up smoking his dearly loved cigars. The Maximum Leader, speaking to a group of medical students the previous evening, rhetorically asked the question, "How much damage has rum caused any society? … How many deaths from the irresponsibility of accidents and alcoholic drinks?"
In that memorable speech, Castro urged citizens to celebrate New Year’s with "parties all over the country. But without rum." The 79-year-old dictator was at one time the most famous cigar smoker in the world, but gave up the habit 20 years ago to set an example for fellow Cubans. He now reportedly drinks only moderately, leaving his wine untouched at many state dinners.
Ron Castillo besides the premium Rum brands like Havana Club Cuba produces cheap rum too.
Ron Castillo in plastic 2 litre bottles at 3.5 CUC (3.5$)
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