MOJITO CUBANO + Fotos La Habana, CUBA

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano

I am not a big drinker, however, one cocktail I find hard to pass is the Cuban cocktail, the Mojito. A delightful marriage of mint, lime and white rum, perfect sipped on a balmy evening watching the people meander by.

Ingredients

  • Per tumbler
  • 1/2 tsp unrefined sugar
  • 10 mint leaves*
  • juice of half a lime + a slice for decorating the glass
  • ice cubes
  • white rum small splash for me, large glug for him
  • sparkling/ soda water

Instructions

  • Place the sugar, mint leaves and lime juice in to the glass. Using a mortar or wooden spoon handle to bruise the mint leaves and dissolve the sugar with the lime juice. Don't go too crazy here you don't want to macerate the mint just bruise it to release the essential oils. Add ice and rum to your liking and top up with sparkling water.

Notes

*Traditionally 'apple mint' is used, a milder sweet mint variety coincidentally rampant in our garden.

We are home! It has been a long 2 months and we are very happy to be back home to our daily routine of life with 2 young children. The highlight of our trip was the last 2 weeks spent in Havana, Cuba. Compared to culture-less Panama and the rawness of the Colombian highlands, Cuba is alive. The old American cars, the derelict 18th Century colonial houses people call home, the life and energy of the people. My senses were on overload; brightly painted buildings, music, laughter, exhaust fumes (a mixture of diesel and vegetable oil), street food, and the tropical heat on my skin. It is hard not to feel invigorated in Cuba, it really is a unique place.

I am unsure if words are enough to describe our time in Havana. So today I will share some of my favourite images of the markets and cars. (We are also recovering from jet lag and exhaustion after 2 overnight flights due to an unexpected delay in Panama City so my concentration levels are not the best). Plus a recipe to make a refreshing Cuban cocktail and little video to give you a taste of this exceptional city. Next week I will share more photos and stories and my favourite Cuban recipe (although it will be hard to pick which one).

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Our ride from the airport. Would you believe we squeezed 6 people plus 7 suitcases and stroller in that car!

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

There are no supermarkets in Havana (well not as we know them) and farmers markets on almost every corner. It was avocado (aguacate) season, and those little beauties below, the size of small melons, were 30-40c each. With the creamiest, sweetest flesh imaginable, we went through 2-3 a day!

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

A drive through Central Havana (the ghetto).

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

There is no advertising in Cuba (wahoo), although a fair amount of revolution propaganda on billboards and banners around the country.

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Watch a short video of Cuban Musica, these three have the moves down…

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Mojito Cubano + Photos of Cuba / Homegrown Kitchen

Happy days!

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  1. Your photos are brilliant !! Really capture the vibrancy of Cuba ! Looking forward to seeing more

    1. Thanks Marie, it is hard not to get good photos in Cuba, there is so much colour.

  2. Hey Nic,

    Looks like you guys have had a great time. I have really enjoyed seeing your updates and amazing photos of your trip. Looks like a destination I would love to check out! You are looking gorgeous, I love this photo of you. xxx Gill

    1. Hi Gill, yes I would rate Cuba as one of my top travel destinations along with the Greek Islands. Thanks, nothing like a tan and mojito glow on to make a Mumma look good 😉

  3. Gorgeous pictures of Havana! I have been to Cuba four times and find new things to love the country every time.

    1. Oh wow 4 times, i can imagine it is hard to tire of the vibrancy of the place 🙂

  4. LOVING those gorgeous cars, and the colours… WOW!

    Beautiful photos… but there is no place like home :-)!

  5. Welcome back Nicola. Looking forward to a mojito this long weekend. The pics and vid of Cuba are gorgeous – on my wishlist of destinations 🙂

  6. Ah, you’re back! Awesome photos of Cuba. Looking forward to more of your recipes (and vacation photos) 🙂

  7. Wow, thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and recap of your experience! I have always wanted to visit Cuba and now you have inspired me further:)

    1. Thanks Laura, there is more photos coming next week so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing Nicola- your little ones must surely be growing up now – I will look forward to seeing you sometime at the Farmers Market – loved the photos of Cuba – likewise, I’m adding it to our ‘travel destination’ list. Cheers Nicola.

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