Cuba Kola

Cuba Kola cocktail with overproof Demerara rum, dark rum, lime juice, orange juice, honey syrup, Angostura bitters and anise liqueur

Saveur reconstructed this recipe for the Cuba Kola, based on the one served at Ray Buhen’s long-running Tiki-Ti restaurant in LA. It’s a refreshing, straightforward tiki drink with a touch of added mystery from the anise liqueur.

Overproof Demerara rum can be difficult to find. The classic choice is Lemon Hart, but it has recently undergone a reformulation and for a time appeared to disappear from the market entirely. Hamilton 151 is a good substitute.

Saveur recommends a dark Jamaican rum. Jamaican rums tend to be more interesting and aromatic, and are a good choice for complex tropical cocktails where a more neutral rum flavor might be lost among all the other strongly-flavored ingredients.

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled short glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.

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