Cuban Cocktails and much more (long!)
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Mon Dec 31 20:02:29 UTC 2001
Happy new year and greetings from Havana, Cuba. I fly home tomorrow, January 1st.
CUBA SI--"Cuba Yes!" A popular slogan.
!VIVA LA REVOLUTION! 1959-2002 43 ANOS DE VICTORIAS--A sign outside the Hotel Nacional. It's sad. We should be friends. The Cuban people themselves have been friendly to Americans.
BOTELLA--To ride or hitch-hike.
MARICON--A gay person.
TORTILLERA--A lesbian. The tour guide smacked/clapped his hands to show that two lesbians are like two tortillas. (FWIW: There are only two Mexican restaurants here. The Mexican influence is surprisingly small--ed.)
GRANDMOTHER'S SOUP--Served at the popular El Aljibe restaurant (founded 1946) that I ate at last night. Grandma didn't give me the recipe.
CREOLE MOJITO--The suggested drink at the El Aljibe.
SLOPPY JOE'S--It's too bad that it went bust in the 1940s, or it would still be here. There's no trace of the famous bar in today's Havana. I was told that it was located near my hotel.
FLORIDITA--The place is still around, near my hotel and at the end of the main drag. It claims to be the home of the daiquiri.
SANDWICH CRIOLLO--Their name for the Cuban sandwich/hero/sub or what have you.
BAKERY ITEMS (illustrated outside a bakery in Havana):
From the HAVANA EVENING TELEGRAM, 28 January 1933, pg, 1, col. 7 ad:
Bottled in Splits
Ironbeer mixed with
Peppy and Invigorating
These cocktails are served at the HOTEL TELEGRAFO (right next to my Golden Tulip Hotel at the Central Park):
DAIQUIRI PAPA HEMINGWAY
CAIPIRINHA (When oh when will OED add this?--ed.)
BLACK RUSSIAN (Probably a 10-year OED wait--ed.)
VOLDKA (sic) MARTINI
SAN FRANCISCO (Appears to be the most popular "mocktail" here--ed.)
ENSALADA DE FRUTAS
The EL BAR at the HOTEL NACIONAL DE CUBA was kind enough to give me its drink menu:
COCTELES CLASICOS CUBANOS:
COCTEL NACIONAL--($3.50 U.S.) rum, apricot brandy and pineapple juice
MOJITO--rum, sugar, lemon juice and soda
DAIQUIRI--sugar, lemon juice and rum
CUBA BELLA--grenadine, mint, lemon juice, silver dry rum and old rum
BELLO MONTE--grenadine, cacao, sugar, lemon juice, rum and mint
CUBANITO--lemon juice, salt, tabasco, tomato juice and rum
HAVANA SPECIAL--rum, marraschino and pineapple juice
PRESIDENTE--vermouth, curacao and rum
MULATA--sugar, lemon juice, cacao and old rum
CUBA LIBRE--rum and coke
CENTENARIO--lemon juice, grenadine, triple sec, coffee liquor silver dry rum and old rum
AMARETTO ROSSO--jugo de naranja, ron 3 anos, amaretto, ron 7 anos
COCTEL DEL SIGLO--jugo de naranja, mandarinetto, ron 3 anos, angostura
COCTEL 70 ANOS--jugo de pina, ginebra, ron silver dry, curacao rojo
SAMURAI--jugo de melocoton, jugo de naranja, Grand Marnier, Silver Dry
COCTEL 1930--ron 3 anos, ginebra, jugo de limon, curacao azul, triple sec
IL MIO RICETTARIO DI
Ramon Pedreira Rodriguez
Editorial Arte y Literature, Havana
87 pages, paperback, $4
Bought at the Hotel Nacional gift shop, but not seen elsewhere. Only in Spanish. It's a little long for this post so I'll discuss the contents at another time, or if anyone is curious.
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