Food and Drink

Havana Cocktail

Why doesn’t this have rum in it? That’s what I think about when I think of Havana. Anyway, this is definitely an unexpected mix of ingredients for a cocktail with this name. I couldn’t find any history about it online, and I don’t have older cocktail books to reference where it may have come from. Curious.

Havana Cocktail

The Recipe

  • 1.5 oz. apricot brandy
  • .75 oz. gin
  • .75 oz. caloric (Swedish punch)
  • 1 dash lemon juice

The Tasting

This is a pretty sweet cocktail, and I think it just on the edge of too sweet. This recipe is the same in all three books, so this is not a Lommebogen sweet factor issue. At least the flavors from the apricot brandy and caloric give you something to enjoy other than just sweetness. This is probably not a drink I’d come back to for myself, but I can see it being an interesting drink for my sweet-drinking friends.

This post is part of a series working through some of the cocktails in a Danish bartender’s notebook from the 1930s, Lommebogen.