Canchanchara

A mixture of rum, honey, and lime, this old Cuban cocktail was traditionally consumed warmed, like a toddy, and used as a medicinal remedy.

Perhaps not very well-known, the canchanchara is one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails, starting life in eastern Cuba as a medicinal remedy used by Cuban soldiers fighting for independence against Spain in the late 1800s.  The soldiers drank it warm, like a toddy, to protect against chills and respiratory diseases.  Like the original mojito, the rum-based drink’s popularity grew with people consuming it whether they felt ill or not. — Editor’s Note

INGREDIENTS

 
  • 50 milliliters rum
  • 20 milliliters fresh lime juice
  • 25 milliliters honey

Makes 1

PREPARATION

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients. Shake well, then serve into a glass with ice and decorate with a lime slice for garnish.
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