Cuban Heel
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Cuban Heel
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The Cuban Heel is a tropical-inspired cocktail that exudes the flavors of the Caribbean. It features a harmonious blend of coconut rum and overproof rum, offering a smooth yet potent ... more The Cuban Heel is a tropical-inspired cocktail that exudes the flavors of the Caribbean. It features a harmonious blend of coconut rum and overproof rum, offering a smooth yet potent base that is complemented by the sweet and tangy notes of pineapple juice. Served in a highball glass, this vibrant concoction is typically enjoyed cold and is known for its ability to bring a slice of island life to any occasion. Its playful name draws inspiration from the rich cultural tapestry of Cuba, echoing the lively spirit and zest that are synonymous with the country's vivacious dance scene and flamboyant fashion, much like the assertive statement made by a Cuban heel on the dance floor.
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Coconut rum
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Cuban Heel

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Into a long glass with ice, pour a shot of Bacardi and a shot of Malibu
Top up with pineapple juice, stir and serve

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·  Stir  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Cuban Heel stirred and not shaken?

Stirring the Cuban Heel, as opposed to shaking, results in a smoother texture and clearer appearance, which is preferable for cocktails with clear spirits like coconut and overproof rums. Stirring also prevents over-dilution, preserving the cocktail's intended flavor profile.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use light rum instead of overproof rum in a Cuban Heel?

Yes, light rum can be used as a substitute for overproof rum in a Cuban Heel. It will lower the alcohol content slightly and give a milder taste, making it more approachable while maintaining the cocktail's tropical character.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Cuban Heel?

The Cuban Heel is best served in a highball glass, filled with ice. Pour the coconut and overproof rums over the ice, top up with pineapple juice, and give it a gentle stir. This presentation accentuates the cocktail's tropical flavors and makes it visually appealing.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Cuban Heel compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 8%, the Cuban Heel is slightly lower in alcohol compared to the standard cocktail, which typically ranges between 10-15% ABV. This makes it a lighter option for those seeking a less potent alcoholic beverage.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What are some customization ideas for a Cuban Heel?

To customize a Cuban Heel, consider adding a splash of lime juice for tartness or a few dashes of bitters for complexity. Garnishing with a pineapple wedge or a maraschino cherry can also enhance its visual appeal and add to the tropical experience.

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