Cuba Night!

Cuba PartyOne of my favourite things to do is to host people at ours. A couple of weeks ago we were being pretty social at that dream apartment of ours. On the Sunday we had our friends Sarah & Kevin over for one of our epic dinner parties that we do every couple of months. On the Monday, I had some ladies over to nerd out and crochet the night away. And on the Thursday, we hosted Cuba Night! We had been thinking for a while now to start having people over for themed nights. I liked the idea of having people over for drinks and food but to somehow make it more than just a typical hang. To kick off this idea, we decided that it made sense to do a night inspired by Cuba, mostly because we were just recently there and we had picked up some great Cuban rum while on said trip. We invited a very random group of friends  (hi friends!) and it was a ton of fun. We had cocktails, ate food, sampled the rums and smoked cigars into the wee hours of the night. I loved it.
Cuba PartyFor food we had sandwiches which was kind of a joke but also they were actually good thanks to that Bar Isabel bread. If you have been to Cuba before, you likely got your fill of ham & cheese or just cheese sandwiches.
Cuba PartyFor the drinks, we stuck with the two best ones made from rum: Mojitos and Piña Coladas. Josh told me the recipes so that I can share them with you.

Mojito
1.5oz Havana Club 3 year Añejo Rum
.75oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1 teaspoon of sugar
4-7 Mint Leaves (save the stalk)
Soda to top.

Combine all ingredients except soda and rum in a tall glass (the same one you’ll be drinking from) and crush gently with a muddler (7-10 presses is more than enough)
Fill glass with ice, add rum then soda.
Stick that stalk of mint with 3 leaves at the top in the glass and blazzzow!

Cuba Party
Cuba Party

Piña Colada
2oz. Havana Club 7  year Añejo Rum
4oz Pineapple Juice
1oz Coconut Milk
1oz Almond Milk
1.5 cups crushed ice.
Add all ingredients, ice last, to a blender. Blend on high for no more than 5 seconds.
Pour contents into a tall glass and grate a small amount of nutmeg on top. Blazzzow!

Cuba Party
Cuba Party

The rums that we brought back  from Cuba were all ones that you cannot find in the liquor store here in Ontario: Havana Club 15 years, Santiago de Cuba 11 years, Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros and Ron Varadero Añejo 7. Which was my favourite? I can’t choose because I loved them all.

We are thinking that our next themed night should be a Tiki one. Who wants to come?

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