Quick Facts

Cocktail History

The Canchánchara is an invigorating Cuban cocktail from the colonial town of Trinidad and is said to be the oldest known cocktail in Cuba, dating back to (or before) the Ten Years War in the late 19th century. The cocktail was said to be a healing drink. Before the mojito or the daiquiri became popular, the Canchánchara was the go-to cocktail for Cubans.


  • 3 oz Rum
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Hot Water
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • Garnish: Lime Wedge

Cocktail Preparation

Combine honey and 1 tablespoon hot water in a highball glass; stir until honey dissolves. Add lime juice and rum. Add ice to fill glass. Stir until chilled. Top with more ice. Garnish with lime wedge and sugarcane, if desired.

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