The Churchill Bar & Terrace at luxury London hotel Hyatt Regency is offering guests the chance to step into a tropical Cuban haven this summer at Casa de Cuba.
For this year’s seasonal offering, the bar has transformed its outdoor terrace into a vibrant Cuban sanctuary, complete with lush greenery, lanterns and quirky trinkets – the ultimate setting to enjoy a selection of signature Cuban-inspired cocktails and light bites.
Casa de Cuba, which launched to the public in May, is inspired by Sir Winston Churchill’s travels to Cuba, which first took place in 1895 to observe the Cuban Independence War. The trip also marked the British politician’s first ever international adventure outside of Europe, which soon became the first of many.
The summer cocktail list has been curated by The Churchill Bar & Terrace’s head bartender Daniele Bresciani and his team. Opening the menu is Baptism of Fire, which pays homage to Churchill’s first experience with the Cuban military as he came under gun fire for the first time.
Charismatically presented in a glass wrapped with banana leaf, cedar and a bouquet of fresh herbs, the cocktail combines Zacapa 23-year-old rum with a banana and chilli shrub, guava and lime juice, port, cedar essence and angostura bitters.
Another best-seller and summer highlight is Guantanamera. The serve is named after one of the most well-known Cuban songs, inspired by a beautiful country woman, and mixes avocado-infused Tanqueray No Ten, Cocchi Americano, cucumber sherbet, banana syrup, lime juice and black cardamom tincture.
Also featuring on the Casa de Cuba menu is the decadent Meil de Mango, made with bee pollen-infused Talisker Ten, Tio Pepe, Noilly Prat, home-made falernum, pineapple juice, lime juice, earl grey tea and a mango meringue foam, and Double Bubble Shadow, a blend of Ketel One Vokda, pineapple juice, apple juice, passion fruit puree, rhubarb cordial, grenadine and ‘bubble tea’.
A assortment of Cuban speciality food is also available to pair with the drinks, such as the Cubanito sandwich, fried Plantain and Huevo Habanero.
Bar manager Eve Vasileiadou said: “We are very excited to bring the colour and vibrancy of Cuba to central London. Our new menu brings classic favourites with our own twist and promises a summer of tropical fun. We invite guests to escape the city at Churchill’s ‘Casa de Cuba’ and feel transported to this Caribbean gem.”