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Cuba celebrates anniversary of a famous cocktail

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) As a nuance to the tourist activity, the renowned Plaza Hotel in Havana celebrated the anniversary of one of its emblematic cocktails, the Arcoiris.

It was a celebration from Wednesday, Valentine’s Day or Love and Friendship Day, when the workers of the facility celebrated three decades of the creation of the Arcoiris Plaza.

This drink is the signature cocktail of this establishment belonging to the Gran Caribe Hotel Group.

During a simple ceremony to reproduce the drink, its producer, multi-awarded bartender Eloy Hernández, recalled that with that mixture he won a cocktail competition held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of La Bodeguita del Medio Restaurant-Bar in the 1990s.

Later, he took the recipe to a contest in Peru, where it became internationalized. The bartender also mentioned that this drink is made of blue Curacao liqueur at the bottom of the bottle, piña colada with Carta Blanca 3 Años rum, which is mixed with Havana Club Añejo 7 Años rum.

These ingredients are poured into a round wine glass, rimmed with grenadine and white sugar, and garnished with a slice of pineapple.

The man also nicknamed by his colleagues as El León del Plaza and five-time national cocktail champion, said that the Arcoiris is the best-selling drink in the hotel’s history.

In his 60 years of life, Hernandez has spent 42 years in the bartending business, and of these, 33 at the Plaza Hotel, and is considered by his colleagues as a true professional of the trade.

The hotel’s Community Manager, Dareinys Vázquez, pointed out that this cocktail was created by one of the best bartenders in the country and identifies them as a symbol in the cocktail industry.