A Call for Votes! – The Great Cuban Cocktail Competition

I’ve been making cocktails every week for the Be At One Bar – Win A Trip to Cuba cocktail competition. I was lucky enough to come 3rd in their Rum Week with my Chai Latino, which means I’ll be in the prize draw for a trip to Cuba!

Judging from the photographs of other winners, a large percentage of them were chosen from Be At One customers who took cocktail classes there (you can identify those cocktails by the ‘Be At One’ menu behind the cocktail), so I was very lucky to even get this far: and we really enjoyed using our voucher. Now it’s almost time for me to call on you, my adoring public (cough), to spare me a vote.

As encouragement, I’m sharing a few of the entries I made into the competition over the last 8 weeks… hopefully it will get you tipsy enough to hit the vote button!

My ‘Award Winning’ Chai Latino:

Chai Cocktail On OwnChai Latino

Ingredients: 50ml Havana Club Especial

25ml Amaretto
50ml Pomegranate Juice
50ml Guava Juice
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake thoroughly for 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass

Garnish with a Physalis



Vegas Baby, Gin Swindler and Mighty Wurltizer.


SamsTown ginswindler wurl



The Trophy Maker


2 parts Chivas Regal scotch, 1 part cointreau, 1 part pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds, ice.

Put a scoop of pomegranate seeds at the bottom of the cocktail glass.

Shake all other ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and strain into glass.




room7609cocktail Room 7609


2 parts Chivas Regal scotch, 1 part orange brandy, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1/2 lemon (juiced), 1 tsp strawberry jam. Strawberry & lemon for decoration.

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice, and then strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon and strawberry.







Ingredients: 2 parts tequila, 1 part gin, 1 part hierbas – lime to decorate.

Pour tequila & gin into a tall glass filled with ice and top up with hierbas. Garnish with a slice of lemon.






mexicanmonkeyMexican Monkey

Ingredients: 2 parts tequila, 1 part butterscotch schnapps, 1 part cocunut run, 1 part coconut water – lime to decorate.

Shake ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Decorate with lime.







honeybegoodHoney Be Good

2 parts Jack Daniels
1 part Grand Marnier
1 part Honey Syrup (make honey syrup by mixing equal amount of honey with boiling water & leaving to cool)
1 part lemonade
juice from 1/2 fresh lemon

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ingredients and shake well. Strain into glass & garnish with a lemon.





Tangled Jack

2 parts Jack Daniels
1 part Strawberry Liqueur
2 parts club soda
2 large strawberries, stems removed and cut in quarters
6 mint leaves

Add all ingredients into a glass and stir well.






borgataThe Borgata (my favourite cocktail!)

1 part Almond Liqueur (Amaretto)
1 part Caramel Liqueur (Level Caramel)
1 part Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
1 part Fresh Cream

Fill cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. Shake & strain into chilled cocktail glass.