Cuba is an ideal vacation destination for you if you like to party and have a penchant for drinks. In fact, the local cuisine of this island may not appeal to your taste buds if you are not fond of Spanish and Afro-Caribbean culinary influences.
However, the vast array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and beverages served in the restaurants and clubs in Cuba more than make up for the taste treat that is in store for tourists. If you are planning to spend your next vacation in Cuba, it is highly recommended that you give the regular colas, sodas, and alcohol a miss and order one of the local specialties to quench your thirst.
Most Cuban hotels and restaurants have freshly squeezed orange juice on their breakfast menu. Another nonalcoholic drink that is popular on the island is guarapo or sugar cane juice. Contrary to popular notion, it is not too sweet, and has a light flavor that is extremely refreshing. This is a much healthier choice in comparison to a can of soda.
However, if you feel a craving for caffeine, you can order a cup of coffee at most Cuban eateries and request for a strong or mild brew as per your preference. Cappuccinos are also extremely popular in Cuba.
For a more wholesome choice in drinks, you can opt for Batidos or Cuban shakes that are prepared in similar style as American shakes, but with some of the most unusual flavors that you will ever taste.
You can sample a glass of batido prepared with ice cream or opt for whole milk shakes that have lots of crushed ice. Some of the most popular flavors include mango, strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, papaya, and pineapple. If you are extremely health conscious, you can even order batido de trigo or wheat shake that is a wheat and ice cream drink.
While you may like to have a glass of orange juice or guarapo for breakfast, do no miss the opportunity to sample the national cocktails of this island when partying at a club. You may order Cuba Libre, also known as rum and coke in the United States. It is a highball made of rum and cola and often contains limejuice as well.
Mojito is the other national cocktail of Cuba and made by mixing rum, sugar, lime, club soda, mint leaves and ice. You can also make merry with daiquiris served at most hotels and restaurants in Cuba.
If you are in the mood for light beer, you can buy a bottle of Cristal available in most dollar stores on the island. Bucanero Fuerte is a stronger beer that has an alcohol content of 5.5% and is preferred by locals.
A discussion of alcohol and drinks in Cuba will remain incomplete without a mention of the known rum factories in the country such as those of Bacardi, Ron Varadero, Caribbean Club, Ron Arecha, and Ron Legendario. Thus, if you like to drink and dance, head to Cuba or the ‘Isle of Rum’ for a vacation of a lifetime.
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