Skip the Tourist Traps – Smarter Drinking in Havana

El Floridita Tourist hell. I had previously visited El Floridita cocktail bar to see what all the fuss was about. They serve you frozen cocktails for a staggering CUC 6 (in Cuban prices that is a lot for a drink). Like La Bodeguita del Medio (Mojito bar), El Floridita is also known as Hemingway’s favourite […]

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The Making of Rum

Most varieties of rum are produced in the Caribbean due to their perfect climate for the growth of sugar cane, although there are some great rums produced elsewhere, such as in India, the Philippines and in Central America. Cuban rums are unique due to the wide variety of sugar canes produced on the island. Rum […]

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Cuban Rums and Classic Rum Cocktails

The name rum is considered to be linked to the Latin word for sugar, saccharum, and it is produced in almost all countries that grow sugar cane. Ron is Spanish for rum. Cuba is the greatest sugar-producing country in the Caribbean so it should come as no surprise that despite its relative isolation, it is […]

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Not So Lame Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Most people still seem to love all the fuss about Valentine’s Day: heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, flowers and teddy bears delivered to your work (happened to me once, I was petrified), followed by a romantic dinner in an Italian restaurant seated very cosily next to other couples in flickering candlelight… But there are still a […]

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Honey, I love Tequila – New Cocktails to Try!

I have recently been handed a challenge by Proof Drinks to come up with some tasty recipes using four different products: Cazcabel Honey, Cazcabel Coffee, Cazcabel Blanco and Sloane’s Gin. I have previously raved about the Cazcabel Honey, but now I am even more excited as there are so many (easy) ways to make delicious […]

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Six Reasons Why You Should Drink in January

1 All the hospitality venues are desperate for business All the pubs, bars and restaurants are doing special deals and events to attract customers in January. Make the most of it, book a gin tasting or a cocktail masterclass and have a blast with your friends. 2 Hotel deals Hotels are also offering deals during […]

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Galliano-Blueberry Shooter You’ll Love!

Galliano-Blueberry shooter, also known as Köllikki… Apart from any vodka-based shot, this delicious Galliano-based shooter is one of the most popular in Finland. Everywhere you go, people absolutely love it. In a large shot glass, layer Galliano, blueberry coulis (or blueberry soup is better  if you can get your hands on it) and whipped cream. Enjoy! […]

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Does Glassware Really Matter?

To get the best out of any spirit it is good to know which glassware to serve it in. There are different glasses for neat drinks as well as gin and tonics. I’ve always been a big fan of different types of glassware, perhaps because in Finland we make them so well, but as a […]

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Give it a shot: Cazcabel Honey Tequila!

Cazcabel Honey Tequila – 34% Cazcabel Honey is the world’s first honey tequila produced in the Jalisco region. The base of this rich tequila is 100% blue agave blanco, which nicely balances the sweet honey with its citrusy notes. The texture is smooth and almost caramel-like. I have tried some honey-based spirits before and often […]

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