Tag Archives: Cuba

• Hey, guess what ‘unlimited’ stuff you can now bring back from Cuba!

Hey, guess what ‘unlimited’ stuff you can now bring back from Cuba!

As of Monday, Americans can now bring home all the Cuban rum and cigars you want! Yes, you heard that right. As long as you don’t sell it but consume or smoke it all by yourself. Well, with friends, of course. And you’ll give a huge boost to the Cuban economy. What’s also nice, the […]

• Pernod registers Cuban rum Havanista TM

Pernod registers Cuban rum Havanista TM

Pernod Ricard has registered the trademark Havanista in the US with a view to launching the brand there if the country lifts its embargo on Cuban imports. Produced and bottled in Cuba, Havanista is being positioned as “a premium Cuban rum aimed specifically at the US market.” The move follows yesterday’s decision by the US […]

• Brewery using cigar box wood, Cuban espresso to make beer

Brewery using cigar box wood, Cuban espresso to make beer

When a friend gave Joey Redner a taste of a beer that had been aged with Spanish cedar — the wood used to wrap and box cigars — he knew it was an idea worth stealing. The aroma and flavor instantly reminded the then avid home brewer of his hometown’s historic Ybor City and the […]

• Bacardi beats Pernod Ricard in Havana Club Rum battle in US

Bacardi beats Pernod Ricard in Havana Club Rum battle in US

Bacardi USA has won the ongoing Havana Club rum battle against Pernod Ricard in the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in regard to Pernod’s allegations that its packaging and marketing of the rum brand in the US. The international rum producer said the Delaware District Court had passed a judgement in April […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” at La Descarga

“a woman walks into a bar…” at La Descarga

Sometimes an evening out at the bar doesn’t make the time fly as it does when you’re in a bubble of jollity, quaffing ambrosial spirits. Sometimes you’re stuck in limbo merely as an observer, surveying the herd at play as the hands of time tick-tock loudly away making you acutely aware of Father Time. This […]

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• Pernod Ricard loses US Havana Club appeal

Pernod Ricard has lost the latest US court ruling in its battle with Bacardi over the right to use the Havana Club brand name in the US market. The ruling is the latest twist in a decades-long saga between Pernod Ricard, which sells Havana Club rum made in Cuba outside the US, and Bacardi USA, […]

• Bacardi Continues Legal Actions to Protect Its Havana Club TM Rights in Spain

Bacardi Continues Legal Actions to Protect Its Havana Club TM Rights in Spain

Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, continues to pursue all available legal options to protect its legitimate ownership and trademark rights to the Havana Club brand in Spain. In a brief filed with the High Court earlier this month, Bacardi Limited asked the Spanish Supreme Court for clarification of some […]

• Rooting for the good stuff…Cuban rum

Rooting for the good stuff…Cuban rum

Feeling guilty for neglecting rum, this columnist makes up for it with some good Cuban stuff. RUM has got such a bum deal. It’s one of the most popular spirits in the world, and some of the best rum can rival even the best that the whisky, cognac, tequila, and vodka categories have to offer. […]

• 5 Terrible Ideas for Alcohol

5 Terrible Ideas for Alcohol

Unlike pizza, which is good even when it’s not, there is such thing as bad alcohol. And over the years, there has been plenty of it. Whether it’s an effort to stand out on crowded liquor store shelves, or a misguided attempt at targeting an under-served segment of the drinking public, there are some taste […]

• Bacardi loses court battle for Havana Club rum trademark

Bacardi loses court battle for Havana Club rum trademark

Bacardi has vowed to continue its fight over the Havana Club rum trademark in Spain after it lost its case for the third time over rival Pernod Ricard. Spanish Supreme Court ruled that Havana Club Holdings, a joint venture between French group Pernod Ricard and Cuba’s state-owned Cuba Ron, as the owner of the Cuban […]

• Can’t make it to Havana? Pretend with these Cuban cocktails

Can’t make it to Havana? Pretend with these Cuban cocktails

The Caribbean may be famed for alcoholic drinks but Cuba, which invented mojitos and daiquiris, is the big daddy of cocktails. Here’s how to make three. Cuba and cocktails go back a long way. Daiquiris were purportedly being downed in the mountains of Cuba as early as the 1890’s. Home of the infamous Havana rum, […]

• David Cordoba – Mixologist & "global ambassador" for Bacardi rum

David Cordoba – Mixologist & "global ambassador" for Bacardi rum

What a job – mixing and tasting rum-based cocktails and frequenting the world’s best bars in cities as diverse as Edinburgh, Moscow and Bangkok. The “global ambassador” for Bacardi rum, David Cordoba was in Wellington and Auckland recently, teaching our leading bartenders how to make rum-based cocktails like they were first made in Cuba in […]