- 30ml Havana Club 3YO
- 25ml Passionfruit Puree
- 25ml Orgeat
- 30ml Havana Club 7YO
- 20ml Amaro Montenegro
Add the first three ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Add the remaining ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain both mixtures into seperate glasses, and serve with a third glass filled with ice. Can be enjoyed separately or combined
This was, to my recollection anyway, the first year that Havana Club held a competition in HK. Interestingly, the theme of the competition was Cuban music, something I have had literally no experience with. My research into the category led to literally hours of youtubing, listening to various cuban artists. Unfortunately, the vast majority of video uploads featured the Buena Vista Social Club, which although was great music, too mainstream and therefore ran the risk of being used in somebody else’s entry.
Ultimately I chose a song by Orlando Cachaito Lopez, Mis Dos Pequenas. Though lyric-less, the title was enough to inspire a cocktail made of two parts that could be enjoyed seperately or mixed together; one a fruity and refreshing cocktail made with Havana 3YO, and the other a dark and seductive drink with Havana 7YO and Amaro Montenegro. The two parts represented the duality of Cuba coming together, the vibrant latin passion of the day, and the sophisticated romance and culture of the evening.
The cocktail was presented well enough to win me third place in the competition, but I suffered a mishap in my presentation and poured too much rum in both parts of the cocktail, though I had confidence in my presentation and composition of the drink, the final balance of the drink left much to be desired and fell short of the competition. Another setback I had was that the competition limited me to 5 ingredients. I personally would have preferred to add some bitters to the dark portion of the drink, as that half needed some more depth and complexity.