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The Lesser Known Cuban Cocktail, The Canchánchara
Everybody knows and adores the refreshing, minty Cuban mojito as well as the piña colada (with or without the two fingers of rum), but not many have tried or know about the canchánchara. I stumbled upon this drink while visiting the Sleeping Beauty city of Trinidad this year. (Notice I didn't say that I stumbled out of a bar in Trinidad....ha ha) As the city's drink, the canchánchara is served in ceramic cups made from the Ingenios Valley clay. The ingredients are simple: rum, honey, lime juice, sparkling water, ice, and stirring stick. How does it taste? I think every culture has it's lime and liquor cocktail like the pisco sour, margarita, and the caipirinha. I think the canchánchara is similar in taste to those, but with a more organic flavor from the honey. So, TADA making a canchánchara is easy. In fact, it is much easier than saying the word. However, believe you me, after 1, 2, or even 3 cancháncharas, the word will roll right off your tongue. By the way, since learning about the canchánchara, I've changed the saying of "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" to, "When life gives you lemons, in Cuba you make cancháncharas." (HNS) Salud!
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