Despite what is often called ‘the roaring success’ of the Cosmopolitan cocktail after it was heavily featured in the Sex and the City series, I am surprised to see how many of my female friends have not tried it themselves.
Travel with me to the sunny Caribbean island of Cuba – where the times are a-changing, even though it looks like the 1960s – with this recipe for a summery cocktail called Dolce Havana.
Rather an unusual name, don’t you think, for a cocktail? There are some Paris-based New York bartenders who claim to have created it themselves. There are some who claim it refers to Mary Queen of Scots. Or to a barmaid called Mary working at the Bucket of Blood bar.
In summer, it’s worth investigating a cocktail that is light; perfect to accompany long sun-lit days, evenings by the beach and the sense of a holiday. Travel with me to the nearest beach with the aptly named Sea Breeze cocktail.
Travel with me to New York City at the beginning of the 20th century: when Neapolitan opera singer Enrico Caruso sung at the Metropolitan Opera, lived in the Knickerbocker Hotel and drank at the Forty-Second Street Country Club.