We travelled around Cuba for two weeks in April and were completely blown away by the colours, atmosphere and community spirit amongst the locals. Below are a few moments we captured and our top tips...
Favourite Restaurants: La Guarida (Havana) , Otramanera (Havana) , El Cocinero (Havana), Santy's (Havana), La Esquinita - best Pina Colada (Vinales), Finca Paradiso (Vinales)
Do: Horse trek in Vinales, Open top car ride in Havana, see Jose Fuster's buildings in Havana, Revolution Museum in Havana, eat lobster and drink mojitos in Playa Jutias
Hidden Gem: Playa Jutias
Top Tip: Theres sporadic internet so best to switch off your phone, stay with locals, drink rum and explore
In light of our Summer series of cocktail masterclasses we got down to a bit of experimentation over the weekend with a whole host of seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and some saucy spirits.
Our findings were that pressed peas make for a fantastic Summers cocktail shaken with agave, lime and Sipsmith gin, Margaritas are sky rocketed to the next level when the tequila is smoked and carrot, coriander and tequila are a dream team.
The shining star was our 'Sweet Pea' - freshly pressed peas, agave, lime and Sipsmith gin
We hosted our 'Mad Hatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass' on Saturday, a new concept which we have been working on with Black Cow Vodka (the worlds only pure milk vodka) and Tea Pigs tea to create a milk + tea martini masterclass! Our aim for this event is to create a fun, interactive experience which strips back the pretence of cocktail shaking and transforms it into something that people will learn is simple, fun and interesting when shaking and experimenting with different flavours.
Having been greeted with earl grey bubbles, guests were excited to investigate the table (littered with golden tea pots filled with Tea Pigs syrups, fresh fruit and veg, Black Cow vodka bottles, tote bags, fabric pens and more fun surprises) and get shaking!
Jeremy demo'd a Rosemary + Orange Earl Grey Martini in order to show how the basic Martini is shaken. This was followed by a tasting of a shot of the unbelievably smooth Black Cow vodka and a bite of their velvety cheddar cheese - a real treat for the tastebuds.
The highlight was when guests got to shake up their own concoctions mixing up different herbs, fruits and tea syrups with the Black Cow vodka to form their very own bespoke mar-tea-ni, accompanied by DIY tea bags which were filled with different infusions.
We love seeing how creative people can get when they switch off from everyday life and get absorbed into alcohol fuelled creativity. The tote bags were a fun addition as they were scrawled over with designs and martini recipes, creating a bespoke recipe bag to take home - whoopla!
We have a few more surprises in store for the next: goo.gl/gEpYvg