Try Cuban rum, cigars and food

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Cuban rum

You probably haven’t had Cuban rum before, as it isn’t available in the United States (and tricky to find in the UK).

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Cuban rum

You’re in for a treat when you try it out here – try an authentic Cuban mojito. Skip the ‘spiced’ rum which has a rather sickly cinnamon hit – although if you are partial I have a near-full bottle in my cupboard!

Cuban cigars

Cuban cigars
Cuban cigars

About things-to-do, try a Cuban cigar which are famous the world over for their quality and non-American travellers can take a few home as gifts for family and colleagues. For the ultimate cultural insight you can also tour a cigar making factory to see the whole hot and heady process for yourself.

Cuban food

The food in Cuba is tasty although a little limited as the whole country is still under a rationing system, although there are discussions to abandon this. Dotted along the sidestreets are ration shops with boards up showing availability which is in stark contrast to the western diet of plenty! That said there is more than enough food available at the restaurants and as part of an all-inclusive break.

Local Dishes in Cuba

Cuban cuisine is born out of a blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. Chicken and rice is in abundance as is the local favourite, black beans (which are really moreish!) Try congri (red beans and rice) and moros y cristianos (black beans and rice).