The Hotel Nacional de Cuba is a Spanish Eclectic style hotel built within steps of the lapping waves of the Gulf of Mexico. Opened in 1930 and managed by the consortium who owned NYC’s illustrious Plaza hotel, it was the place to be for Americans looking for a stylish retreat away from the restrictions of prohibition.
The hotel was fortunate enough to play host to three of America’s finest bartenders of the decade in Will Taylor, Eddie Woelke and Fred Kauffman - with each bartender having been independently cited as the creator of the hotel’s famous Nacional Special cocktail, which you now hold in your hand.
This apricot and pineapple influenced take on a daiquiri is quite so wonderful that we would imagine each of the famous trio being quite happy to claim paternity.
- 40ml Havana 3
25ml fresh lime juice
- 10ml Apricot liqueur
- 10ml Pineapple syrup
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add all ingredients and shake for 10 seconds
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a wheel of lemon