Havana Club is the Cuban Rum brand. The mojito is the Cuban cocktail. So this summer Havana Club is on a mission to get everyone drinking the authentic Cuban mojito. No green tea blending and no passion fruit fusion, just the tastiest mojito using only the freshest ingredients, as enjoyed back in the colourful streets of Havana.
The mojito is the UK’s no. 1 cocktail. So Havana Club has set about finding the bars up and down the country serving the real deal, authentic Cuban mojito mixed just how it is in Cuba. Working closely with each establishment, Havana Club’s Certification Programme only selects those whose mojitos are truly made from the heart, using only the finest natural ingredients. Of course, including a splash of Havana Club Añejo 3 Años – aged for three years, enabling the rum to develop aromas that give a mojito that true Cuban taste.
So STYLEetc headed to Gorilla to sample one (maybe three!) of the Certified mojito’s! We also had a chance to make our own and we even took a bottle home to practice our mojito skills!
First up, squeeze the juice of half a lime into a glass and add two teaspoons of sugar. Stir and swirl until the sugar is dissolved.
Secondly, tap two whole fresh mint sprigs on the back of your hand, fold it and place it in the glass. Gently muddle the mint with a wooden spoon.
Thirdly, fill the glass with ice, add sparkling water and add four cap full’s of Havana Club Tres Años and enjoy! And thats it, mix, muddle, mix!
Meimi Sanchez, Havana Club extraordinaire also let us in on a Cuban tradition; the first time you open a bottle of Havana Club, pour the first drop on the floor and leave it to evaporate as an offering the Gods and those who are no longer with us.
So if you see a bar on the Certified list or with the Certified badge behind the bar, you’re guaranteed to get that authentic mojito taste!
Havana Club’s Certification Programme will cover establishments all over the UK. So this summer, wherever you are, you know the true taste of Cuba is never far away. Head to Gorilla, Neighbourhood, Cloud 23 or GBA in Manchester to taste the true Cuban Mojito. There are also certified bars in London, Liverpool and Leeds. Visit the interactive map at havana-mojito.co.uk to find out which ones serve up the best mojito’s.
By Emily Parker