Today is Havana’s birthday, an occasion that its residents commemorate by walking around the ceiba tree next to El Templete, a shrine placed on the spot where Spanish colonists first said Mass on this day in 1519.
Founded as San Cristóbal de La Habana in a natural bay, the city is today the capital of Cuba and home to around four million people. It is also the epicentre of a vibrant cocktail culture that expanded and exploded thanks to the activities of the cantineros (bartenders) during Prohibition. Why not drink to Havana with a Havanatheone, a floral, fruity take on the island's iconic Daiquiri?
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