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Serving Cuban culture one mojito at a time

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Here in Tampa Bay, Cuban culture is everywhere. There are real Cuban restaurants, beautiful Cuban architecture, and some of the most authentic Cuban-made cigars outside of Havana.

In fact, Tampa’s historic Ybor City even includes a small plot of land called “Isla de Cuba” that belongs to the Cuban government. No passport required!

Now, as you may have read, Cayman Jack recently asked me to try both of its handcrafted cocktails—the Margarita and the Cuban Mojito. I decided to try the Margarita first, and I discovered it was the perfect prepared beverage for my Summer party.

So when it came time to try the Cuban Mojito, I figured something good was in store.

Earlier this week, I was in the mood for some Cuban food, so I asked my friend Thomas to pick up dinner for us and head over.

In the meantime, I grabbed a couple of bottles of Cayman Jack Cuban Mojito from the fridge and made what was quite possibly the quickest handmade cocktails ever.

Instead of following the traditional recipe that calls for slices of lime, muddle mint leaves, and scoops of added sugar, I simply filled two tall glasses with ice, poured in the bottles of Cayman Jack Cuban Mojito, and added sprigs of mint as garnish.

It couldn’t have been easier.

I then took a large sip of mine before Thomas arrived—you know, for quality assurance.

The first thing I noticed was the strong combination of mint and lime. The cocktail was herbal with a bit of citrus on the nose and a crisp bite at the end. A little fizz gave it extra effervescence, while the natural cane sugar balanced out each flavor for a refreshingly smooth sip.

Normally, I only drink clear cocktails because I don’t like those overly sweet or syrupy drinks. They’re too heavy for my taste. So what I liked most about the Cuban Mojito was that it had great flavor and still felt like a light drink. I was pleasantly surprised.

By the time Thomas arrived with dinner, I was halfway through my first glass. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to muddle anything new to top off my glass.

Now, if only we were in Cuba…

For more information on Cayman Jack, visit caymanjack.com.

Photos by Dan Austin Photography

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