Canchanchara Cocktail Drink

Canchánchara

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The Canchánchara Cocktail recipe breaks down how easy it is to use everyday ingredients to make a standout drink.

Canchánchara Recipe

Refresh your day with this easy Canchánchara recipe! Combining Rum, lime juice, and honey syrup, it's a direct route to delightful drinking.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

224 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup, 1:1 ratio of honey to water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Clay Mug traditional for Canchánchara
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass or clay mug with ice cubes.
  • Add Honey Syrup: Pour 1 oz honey syrup over the ice.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Rum: Add 2 oz White Rum to the mix.
  • Stir Thoroughly: Give the ingredients a good mix with a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Nestle a lime wheel or twist it into the glass for a touch of flair.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes used aged Rum for a deeper flavor profile if I run out of white Rum. Agave nectar can replace honey syrup if you prefer its distinct sweetness.
  • Lime Juice: In a bind, I've turned to lemon juice, which provides a different but refreshing citrus kick.

Making a Pitcher of Canchánchara:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply the ingredients by 8. This means you'll need 16 oz of white Rum, 8 oz of lime juice, and 8 oz of honey syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the white Rum, lime juice, and honey syrup in a large pitcher and stir until well combined.
  • Serve: Decant the mix into ice-filled glasses or clay mugs, garnish each with a lime wheel or twist, and let your guests indulge immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Various non-alcoholic white rum alternatives on the market capture the essence without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Incorporate these non-alcoholic replacements instead of the regular ingredients, stick to the primary steps, and enjoy a guilt-free Canchánchara.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: While honey isn't universally accepted in the vegan community due to ethical concerns, you can swap it with agave nectar or maple syrup to craft it. Both options provide a delightful sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the citrus.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
224
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
26
g
9
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Potassium
 
49
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Canchanchara Cocktail Drink

Canchánchara Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Refresh your day with this easy Canchánchara recipe! Combining Rum, lime juice, and honey syrup, it's a direct route to delightful drinking.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 224

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup - 1:1 ratio of honey to water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Clay Mug traditional for Canchánchara
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Old Fashioned glass or clay mug with ice cubes.
  • Add Honey Syrup: Pour 1 oz honey syrup over the ice.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the glass.
  • Add Rum: Add 2 oz White Rum to the mix.
  • Stir Thoroughly: Give the ingredients a good mix with a bar spoon.
  • Garnish: Nestle a lime wheel or twist it into the glass for a touch of flair.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • White Rum: I've sometimes used aged Rum for a deeper flavor profile if I run out of white Rum. Agave nectar can replace honey syrup if you prefer its distinct sweetness.
  • Lime Juice: In a bind, I've turned to lemon juice, which provides a different but refreshing citrus kick.

Making a Pitcher of Canchánchara:

  • Scale: For a pitcher serving 8, multiply the ingredients by 8. This means you'll need 16 oz of white Rum, 8 oz of lime juice, and 8 oz of honey syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the white Rum, lime juice, and honey syrup in a large pitcher and stir until well combined.
  • Serve: Decant the mix into ice-filled glasses or clay mugs, garnish each with a lime wheel or twist, and let your guests indulge immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • White Rum Substitute: Various non-alcoholic white rum alternatives on the market capture the essence without the alcohol.
  • Proceed As Usual: Incorporate these non-alcoholic replacements instead of the regular ingredients, stick to the primary steps, and enjoy a guilt-free Canchánchara.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: While honey isn't universally accepted in the vegan community due to ethical concerns, you can swap it with agave nectar or maple syrup to craft it. Both options provide a delightful sweetness that pairs wonderfully with the citrus.

What is a Canchánchara?

A Canchánchara is a drink with white Rum, lime juice, and honey syrup. It’s hailed from the times of Cuban independence wars, serving as a source of refreshment for fighters. The name “Canchánchara” traces back to a small village in Cuba, where the drink was probably mixed for the first time. Additionally, the Canchánchara is recognized as an official cocktail by the International Bartenders Association (IBA).

A side shot of a Canchanchara cocktail in old fashioned glass on a yellow cloth with a jigger on the side and plant leaves behind.

What is a Canchánchara made of – The ingredients

Gather the following components to make a Canchánchara:

  • White Rum: The primary spirit that provides a smooth and robust base for the cocktail.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tangy citrus kick, balancing the sweetness and enhancing the drink’s refreshing quality.
  • Honey Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail, bringing out the Rum’s richness and complementing the lime’s acidity.

White Rum, two limes, and honey syrup laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make a Canchánchara Cocktail?

Our guide shows how to prepare a Canchánchara, one step at a time:

1
<p>Choose an Old Fashioned glass or a traditional clay mug and fill it with ice cubes to keep the drink chilled.</p>

Choose an Old Fashioned glass or a traditional clay mug and fill it with ice cubes to keep the drink chilled.

2
<p>Drizzle in the honey syrup, ensuring a harmonious blend of sweet and sour flavors.</p>

Drizzle in the honey syrup, ensuring a harmonious blend of sweet and sour flavors.

3
<p>Measure the lime juice and add it to the glass, letting its tangy notes cut through the Rum’s strength.</p>

Measure the lime juice and add it to the glass, letting its tangy notes cut through the Rum’s strength.

4
<p>Pour your preferred amount of white Rum into the Old Fashioned glass, setting the foundation for the cocktail.</p>

Pour your preferred amount of white Rum into the Old Fashioned glass, setting the foundation for the cocktail.

5
<p>Mix the ingredients thoroughly with a bar spoon or stirrer, ensuring the flavors meld seamlessly.</p>

Mix the ingredients thoroughly with a bar spoon or stirrer, ensuring the flavors meld seamlessly.

6
<p>For those who like, a lime wheel or twist can be added as a garnish, elevating the presentation and adding a hint of zest.</p>

For those who like, a lime wheel or twist can be added as a garnish, elevating the presentation and adding a hint of zest.

7
<p>Enjoy your Canchanchara cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your Canchanchara cocktail!

Canchánchara Cup

Picture a small, rustic clay pot, unglazed and earthy, cradling one of Cuba’s oldest cocktails. This isn’t just about aesthetics; the clay plays a role in the drinking experience. It keeps the Canchánchara cocktail cool, the thick walls insulating the ice-cold liquid inside, preserving every bit of its refreshing zest.

A Canchanchara cocktail in old fashioned glass, shot from above, on a yellow cloth with a honey dipper, a jigger and two limes around.

History and Origins of Canchánchara

The Canchánchara cocktail traces its origins back to the 19th century during the Cuban War of Independence, a pivotal period in Cuba’s history. Legend has it that this cocktail was the preferred drink of the Cuban rebels, who found solace and fortitude in its invigorating blend. The rebels, waging a grueling battle for independence from Spanish colonial rule, relied on the Canchánchara to uplift their spirits as they navigated the challenging terrain of the Cuban countryside.

Considered the oldest Cuban cocktail, the Canchánchara’s name carries historical significance. It was crafted from easily accessible ingredients like aguardiente (a type of Rum), honey, and fresh lime juice. The honey lent sweetness, the lime juice offered a zesty tang, and the aguardiente provided the much-needed potency. This uncomplicated yet effective concoction not only sustained the rebels but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among them, making it a symbol of Cuba’s resilience and fight for independence.

A Canchanchara cocktail in old fashioned glass, shot from above, on a white marmol table with white rum, honey syrup and two limes around.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Canchánchara Cocktail?
Typically, a standard Canchánchara contains around 150-200 calories, depending on the exact measurements and specific ingredient brands.
What is the ABV (Alcohol By Volume) of a Canchánchara Cocktail?
The ABV primarily depends on the Rum used, but a typical Canchánchara, with standard proportions, sits around 20-25% ABV.
What's the proof of the Canchánchara Cocktail?
Given its primary ingredient is Rum, and assuming an average rum proof of 80, the cocktail's strength after dilution is roughly 40-50 proof.
Which alcohol is predominant in the Canchánchara?
White Rum serves as the primary alcoholic ingredient in the Canchánchara.
How should you serve a Canchánchara in terms of ice?
The Canchánchara is traditionally served over ice, ensuring the drink remains chilled.
What does the Canchánchara taste like?
The Canchánchara offers a harmonious blend of sweetness from the honey, tangy from the lime, and white Rum's smooth, slightly robust flavor.
Is there a specific ratio for the ingredients in a Canchánchara?
Generally, the Canchánchara follows a 2:1:1 ratio – two parts rum to one part lime juice and one part honey syrup.

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