Canchánchara cocktail

Canchanchara cocktail
Rumoured to be the oldest known Cuban cocktail, the Canchánchara is a sweet mix of rum, honey syrup and lime juice traditionally served in a terracotta cup. The drink went on to become popular across the country – but is most closely associated with the Cuban city of Trinidad.
Canchánchara dates back to the 19th Century and the Ten Year War (1868-78) between Spain and Cuba. It was said to be the favoured choice of the Cuban revolutionaries long before the Daiquiri or Mojito became popular.
Try to use good quality natural honey when making this, as otherwise, the taste is very much spoiled.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Terracotta cup or Old Fashioned glass


  • 60 ml rum
  • 20 ml honey syrup
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • lime wedge (to garnish)


  • Pour rum and honey syrup into your terracotta cup. Stir until honey is dissolved.
  • Add the lime juice and garnish the drink with a lime wedge.
The sweetness of honey is used in the Bible as a metaphor for "delight".

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