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.
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled short glass and garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry.
- Cuba Kola from Saveur magazine