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What are the best places to try a Pina Colada in Havana?

Alejandro SanfielBy Alejandro Sanfiel, Cuban Travel Specialist, on May 16, 2018

What are the best places to try a Pina Colada in Havana?

Think it would be interesting for you to know though Pina Colada has become part of our cocktail making heritage isn´t really an authentic Cuban drink, in fact, the cocktail was born in Puerto Rico in the latest 70s. Some say that the first traces of the cocktail date from the Pirates era in the Caribbean. There are lots of theories about the beginnings of it but what´s a fact is that “la piña colada” has been adopted by Cuban cocktail makers.

The classic bases are coconut cream, pineapple juice, Havana Club White Rum, all mixed with crushed ice and pineapple dice or slices, some use cherries dipped in syrup to decorate.

If I get to be honest, Pina Colada is one of my favorite cocktails in the whole world and every time I go out or take a beach time day I order the same thing. So from my humbled experience let me advise you on three of the most amazing places to try an authentic Cuban “Piña Colada”

1. Bacunayagua viewpoint:

Once I was traveling to Varadero with some friends and we decided to stop by this place that by the way, it´s located about 104 meters above sea level and considered one of the seven wonders of Cuban engineering. The views are so amazing! Lovely to see all kinds of birds flying away and getting lost in the horizon. So enjoying this views I decided to try (as usual) a luscious Pina Colada, the result was outstanding, I got truly impressed by the freshness of the fruits and the whole presentation of it. The combinations of the sights and the quality of the cocktail get this place all the way through the Top 3.

2. From Ambos Mundos hotel terrace:

Havana Vieja, the Old Havana keeps thousands of charms and secrets on every corner, but the sights from roofs and terraces are the best to really capture the essence of the antiquity of its enigmas. On a visit to Ambos Mundos hotel and following Hemingway´s Cuban history I sat at a table on the terrace of the hotel and gosh I got astonished when they got me the cocktail in a real pineapple peel as a vessel. Is there anything more Caribbean or Cubano than this? The creamy sensation was also very good so it´s a 10 for me.

3. Vintage afternoon at Café Fortuna Joe:

Right in the heart of Miramar, on the 24th corner and 1st Avenue, there´s this bar I visited with some colleagues from the office. The mix of vintage decoration elements and maritime theme are really enjoyable, even more, if you get to grab a spot at the carriage they have inside the bar. Like usual I ordered a Pina Colada and the first surprise was seeing a watermelon slice instead of the pineapple slice that obviously made the presentation of the drink funnier and with much more Caribbean colors, on the other hand, the flavor was absolutely perfect, creamy, not too sweet nor too rummy. Another 10 to get into our Top 3.


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