What’s cookin’: It’s Havana Hour

Guest post by Amanda Moreno, CHC Processing Assistant

In this installment of “What’s Cookin,’” we bring you four drink recipes featuring Havana Club rum. Established in 1878 in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba, by José Arechabala, the Havana Club Rum distillery was nationalized by the Cuban government after the 1959 revolution and the Arechabala family left the country for Spain, eventually settling in the United States.

The Havana Club rum that is produced in Cuba today under the company’s original logo is the product of a 50:50 joint venture between the Cuban government and Pernod Ricard; its sale is prohibited in the United States because of the current embargo with Cuba, but a rum by the same name is manufactured by Barcardí Limited in Puerto Rico using the original Havana Club recipe created by the Arechabala family.

Whichever rum you choose, the recipes quoted below are sure to delight your palate with the classic taste of Cuba.

Havana Club [1]
1 drink

1 ½ ounces white or light rum
½ ounce dry vermouth
¼ cup cracked ice
1 mint sprig, if available, for garnish

Mix all the ingredients except the mint with cracked ice in a shaker or blender, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with mint sprig.

Havana Club Orange Blossom [2]
En la coctelera:
Una y media onzas de jugo de naranja, 1 ½ onzas de ron blanco y trozos de hielo.
Batir y servir colado en una copa de coctel.

Havana Club Special [3]
En la coctelera:
Una cucharadita de azúcar y ¼ onza de jugo de limón.
Diluir y añadir 1 ½ onzas de ron blanco y trozos de hielo.
Batir y servir colado en una copa de coctel.

Havana Club Highball [4]
1 Jigger Havana Club Rum.
Serve in highball glass with ice.
Fill glass with sparkling water or ginger-ale.


[1] Raquel Rabade Roque, The Cuban Kitchen (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011), 19.
[2] Fernando G. Campoamor, Coctelería cubana: 100 recetas con ron (La Habana, Cuba: Editorial Científico-Técnica, 1984), 33.
[3] Campoamor, Coctelería cubana, 33.
[4] Havana Club Rum (La Habana, Cuba: Imp. Ucar, García & Cía, 1934-1953), 13.

One thought on “What’s cookin’: It’s Havana Hour

  1. Thanks ” Havana Club Rum ” for these drink recipes. I would try once your first recipe with white rum. It’s looking easy to make.