Havana Club Boomerang Cocktails

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El Día del Cantinero (Day of the Bartender) is a Cuban celebratory day which recognises the bartending profession. Held annually on 7th October it originates from the elite of Cuban bartending, El Club de Cantineros.

Havana Club celebrated in style...

All around the world cocktail boomerangs were dispatched, and London was no exception. Over the course of the evening Meimi Sanchez, Global Brand Ambassador for Havana Club, lovingly transported delicious libations and personal messages from one bartender to another. She rightly shunned Uber to travel between bars in luxurious vintage Cuban style, in a beautiful 1953 Cadillac (series 62 convertible, for the petrol heads amongst you).

Why boomerang? Beginning in the late 2000s in New York and now a semi-secretive but common practice around the world, this gesture of one bartender making a drink for another in a nearby bar during a busy shift, sometimes with a message, and delivered by a trusted friend or regular guest, is seen as a gesture of goodwill and fellowship. And a fitting way to celebrate El Día del Cantinero.

Jesse Vida, visiting London from BlackTail, New York City, kicked off the Boomerang with an Old-Fashioned riff, which he sent care of Meimi to Daniel Schofield at Coupette.

King Redeye

60 ml Havana Club 7
15 ml Carpano Antica Formula
7.5 ml Aperol
7.5 ml Galliano Ristretto
1 dash absinthe
1 dash aromatic bitters

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Coupette, London

Consulate, from Daniel to Geoff at Satan's Whiskers

40 ml Havana Club 7
20 ml sweet vermouth
10 ml fino sherry
5 ml creme de peche
Stir all ingredients with ice and serve.
Garnish with orange zest twist

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Satan's Whiskers, London

Right Hand, from Geoff to Rosie at Three Sheets

40 ml Havana Club 7
20 ml Campari
20 ml sweet vermouth blend
2 dashes Mozart chocolate tincture
Stir all ingredients with ice and serve.
Garnish with a cherry.

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Three Sheets, London

Apples and Pears, from Rosie to Tim at Mint Gun Club

35 ml Havana Club 7
15 ml poire
25 ml bramley apple cordial
Build over ice in highball glass
Top with soda

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Mint Gun Club, London

The Cocktail with no Name, from Tim to Charlotte at Original Sin

Tim couldn't think of a name for his creation, so invites the team at Original Sin come up with a suitable moniker.
50 ml Havana Club 7
10 ml coconut syrup
2.5 ml pineapple cordial
Stir all ingredients with ice and kaffir lime leaf and serve.

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Original Sin, London

Assistant, from Charlotte to Taylor at Hawksmoor Spitalfields

25 ml Havana Club 7
20 ml lemon juice
10 ml orgeat
10 ml honey
12.5 ml Cointreau
12.5 ml poire william
2 dashes absinthe

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Hawksmoor Spitalfields, London

Millionaire, from Taylor to Iain and Kelsey at Trash Tiki

50 ml Havana Club 7
25 ml creme de apricot
25 ml sloe gin
Stir all ingredients with ice and serve.

Iain and Kelsey, let's keep it going...where next?!

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