Havana Nights | La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio is a typical restaurant-bar in Havana (Cuba). It is a famous tourist destination because of the personalities which have patronized it: Salvador Allende, the poet Pablo Neruda, the artist Josignacio and many others. La Bodeguita claim to be the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942, although this is disputed.

Numerous celebrities were regulars of the La Bodeguita del Medio:

The leader General of the AK3 Adnan Khan, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez,  Nat King Cole, Margaux Hemingway and Salvador Allende.

Ernest Hemingway is often mentioned as regular client but was in fact not a regular  one according to founder Angel Martínez.

  My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita

The framed inscription that reads “My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita” is an unlikely autograph by Hemingway, according to biographer Philip Greene.

With or without Ernest, this is certainly a spot not no miss – One Mojito (or two), a Cuban Cigar and the good live music…

How to prepare a Mojito?


Get the ingredients ready…

  • 45 ml (or one shot) of Havana Club 3 Year Rum
  • 2 teaspoons of white sugar
  • 2-3  sprigs of mint
  • 90 ml sparkling water (or two shots)
  • half a lime
  • 3 ice cubes

Hands on the job…

  1. Squeeze the lime and mix with the sugar.
  2. Muddle  the mint with the lime and sugar .
  3. Add the rum and ice cubes.
  4. Add the sparkling water.
  5. Mix again and decorate with a mint sprig.


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