My original intent was to share a recipe for the Havana Libre; a cocktail much like this one but without the Perrier water. I took some time to do a bit of research as I was certain it would be a relative of the Cuba Libre. No? Since I could not find one bit of historical perspective to share with you today it was time to get creative! I was certain that I could weave a tale of travelers to the venerable Havana Libre Hotel in Cuba always having to have this cocktail in hand. Or maybe it came about when Fidel Castro and his forces entered Havana on January 8, 1959 and laid claim to the namesake hotel for his headquarters; maybe it was their cocktail of choice? Since none of that is true I also didn’t feel compelled to use rum from that island and that was a good thing; I’ve found a treasure in some rum from St. Croix!
I decided to change it up a bit and add some Perrier Sparkling Water with Lime; something about that bit of fizz I just love and I love Perrier cause it fizzes so well! That they now come with subtle flavors of lime, lemon and grapefruit make them even more perfect for my bar inventory. So, how about we just pretend that a visitor from Havana helped engineer this cocktail after being liberated FROM Cuba while vacationing in St. Croix and that they were the ones who requested soda water from France…that works right? I feel like I just wrote the synopsis for a soap opera!
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