Home to one of Manchester’s biggest fiestas, Revolucion de Cuba has recently shaken up its cocktail menu with a handful of new offerings.
Still focusing on the Latin flavours, de Cuba’s new cocktails are a nod to its new partnership with Havana Club rum.
Many of the new beverages feature at least one of Havana’s tasty blends, though there are still a few rum-free tipples on the menu for those less ecstatic about sipping on rum all evening.
We arrived on a cold and wet afternoon, so were pleased to be met with a smile, and a comfortable table within touching distance of the bar.
We dove straight in with the Flor de Flamingo. Spanish for ‘sugarcane flower’, this refreshing tipple is served in a flamingo mug, with a slice of watermelon to represent the flamingo’s tail.
Visually, this is the sort of drink which is perfectly Insta-worthy. Tastewise, it’s incredibly refreshing.
Watermelon is the predominant flavour, thanks to the use of watermelon syrup and honey water. 7 Gran Reserva rum and lime complete this mix.
The Wonder Cola came next. A twist on a traditional rum and coke, this drink is described as ‘like a rum and coke, but a little bit crazy.’
Fernet-Branca liqueur and prosecco are added into the mix, and the extra fizz from the prosecco almost balances out the fizz of the coke, making it very drinkable. It shouldn’t work, but it really does.
The Fast Fashioned came as a bit of a shock. After a couple of light and refreshing drinks, this one was strong. Very strong.
A twist on an Old Fashioned, the Fast Fashioned comes with a choice of caramel or coffee bitter. We were presented with the former, though perhaps the coffee bitter would have masked the taste of the alcohol a little more.
For those less keen on rum, there’s an extensive selection of non-rum based cocktails, too.
Our choice was the Haig Hunter, which turned out to taste as tropical as the description made it sound.
Created with Haig Club whisky, and lemon and tropical soda, this one was described as ‘bold, brave and full of flavour’.
There’s quite the number of new mixes on the menu, many of which are lighter in flavour – perhaps a nod to the upcoming Spring season.
Lemon Drop Swizzle is lengthened with sugar, bitters and lemon for a subtle citrus hit, whereas the Mojito Royale again utilises prosecco as well as lime and mint for a fresh tasting, sunny cocktail.
Old favourites are still dotted throughout the menu such as the flaming Zombie, which is quite the spectacle.
Topped with passion fruit, the bar staff use something referred to as ‘fairy dust’ which is sprinkled on top of the drink from one hand, while the other holds a blowlamp to set it on fire. Maybe not one to try at home…
Other classics include a tropical Pina Colada, a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, and the true Cuban icon: a classic Mojito.
Whatever your taste, you can be sure to find something to suit it at Revolucion de Cuba.