When you think of Cuba two things spring to mind – cigars and rum (at least if you’re me). With its affinity for rum there’s no surprise that Cuba has been the birthplace of some of the most famous rum cocktails, also Havana itself has not one, but two of what I would class as historic bars, which I’m going to talk about a little here if you would indulge me.
London Cocktail week has been and gone once again, sweeping through our fine city like a tipsy miasma. But what were the pros and cons on this prestigious events sixth year?
A lot has happen in 6 months, countries have been invaded, governments have fallen, streets have been flooded, cats and dogs living together – mass hysteria.
Alongside all of this bottled cocktails have been ageing, resting quietly in my dark laboratory (or as some people call it my under stairs cupboard) waiting, no plotting, their unleashing upon an unsuspecting world.
Well three months has seemed to fly by for me but what has it done for my cocktails ?
The difference between the 6 week and 3 month bottle isn’t immediately as noticeable, that’s not to say it hasn’t improved. The taste is slightly sweeter and smoother, but it isn’t as much of a leap in tastes as a freshly mixed cocktail compare to the 6 weeker. Again the drink has mellowed and matured as you would hope and expect and is very easy to drink.
6 weeks ago I laid down some cocktails for aging, for those of you who didn't catch the beginning of this little experiment you can find it here.
As they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, well the proof of my cocktails (usually quite high !) is in the drinking.