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Havana
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The Havana cocktail is a refreshing and fruit-forward drink that takes its inspiration from tropical flavors. With a base of tangy lemon juice, the sweetness and apricot notes from the ... more The Havana cocktail is a refreshing and fruit-forward drink that takes its inspiration from tropical flavors. With a base of tangy lemon juice, the sweetness and apricot notes from the apricot liqueur elegantly blend with the depth and complexity of Swedish Punsch, a traditional liqueur that combines flavors of spices and citrus. The gin adds a botanical dimension that grounds the sweeter elements with its dry, herbal character. Served in a sophisticated cocktail glass, Havana offers a balanced mix of sweet, tart, and strong flavors – a beverage that's as vibrant and lively as the Cuban capital it's named after.
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Lemon
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24.17% | 2.18 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

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The Havana cocktail offers a delightful escapade into tropical flavor, with its mix of tangy lemon juice and sweet apricot liqueur setting a lively stage for the intriguingly complex Swedish Punsch. The gin anchors these vibrant components with its dry, botanical notes, resulting in a well-rounded drink that captures the essence of its namesake city's spirited charm.

Method
How to make a Havana

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice
Shake well then strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon peel twist and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What is the best way to chill the glass for serving the Havana cocktail?

The best way to chill a cocktail glass for serving the Havana cocktail is to fill the glass with ice and cold water and let it sit for a few minutes before emptying it. Alternatively, you can place the glass in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before serving.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute another liqueur for the apricot liqueur in the Havana cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute another fruit-flavored liqueur for the apricot liqueur if desired. Peach liqueur or orange liqueur could provide a similar flavor profile, but keep in mind that this will alter the original taste of the Havana cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

What is Swedish Punsch, and is there a substitute for it in the Havana cocktail?

Swedish Punsch is a sweet, spiced liqueur made from rum and sugar, along with other flavors. It's a traditional component in several cocktails. If it's unavailable, a good substitute might be a dark rum or a spiced rum, though this will change the cocktail's flavor slightly.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

What makes the Havana cocktail unique compared to other gin-based cocktails?

What sets the Havana cocktail apart from other gin-based cocktails is the unique combination of gin with Swedish Punsch and apricot liqueur, offering a blend of sweetness, tartness, and a hint of spice. This mix provides a distinctive flavor profile not commonly found in other gin cocktails.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish the Havana cocktail for an authentic presentation?

For an authentic presentation, the Havana cocktail can be garnished with a lemon twist or a slice of lemon. This not only adds a decorative touch but also complements the citrus notes from the lemon juice in the cocktail.

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