¡Bienvenidos a Cabaret, mis amigos! Today we celebrate in the Caribbean capital of fun and frivolity, Havana, Cuba! Sun, sand, palm trees, sea breeze, music, dance, games of chance, cigars, fun, dames and rum of a thousand shades and flavors! Save for the extreme poverty of the inner ghettoes (ignore those, my friends) it's Paradise Found! The ultimate playground for the world's travelling classes!
Yes, our good friend Mr. Siegel has set us up in posh accomodations in old Malecón overlooking the tuquoise sea. Comfortable air travel courtesy of Pan Am's top of the line S-38 Flying Clipper takes us south out of Key West to that most beautiful and culturally rich old port cities in the Americas. The winds are cool, the rum is cold, and the women (and men, for those of that persuasion) are hot! Mr. Siegel's business partners are in good with the local government and run a clean little slice of paradise. There's a reason such American cultural authorities like the great Ernest Hemmingway call this jewel of a city home! And nothing shy of some damnfool thing like a Marxist revolution is going to stop it!
Tonight at the Cabaret we feature the lively sounds of a Habana original, the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, groundbreakers in the new Cuban music called Son, blending Afro-Cuban beats with traditional Spanish strings. It's the latest craze, and even the most uptight of Manhattan prigs will be swinging their hips when that hot trumpet starts blasting! A couple local boys named Dezi and Benny, working for us in the hopes of catching a break in the music scene, really like the sound, and have hopes to blend it into the similar Afro-Cuban sounds of the rumba and the cha-cha-cha.
But without further ado, the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro:
And to serve with such spicy Cuban sounds, tonight's libation is the truly Cuban taste of the Mojito. Sweet, spicy, bubbly, and intoxicating, the Mojito is a long drink perfect for a night of dancing after a day of loafing in the sun and gorging on spicy beef and rice with fried plantains and yucca root.
- 2 oz white rum
- 1.5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 3 leaves fresh mint
- 2 tsp sugar
- Soda water
Muddle mint and sugar with lime juice in a highball glass. Add ice cubes, rum and soda, and stir. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.