November 27, 2022

Ron Del Barrilito = Mr. Upscale

A cigar-smoking, aged cognac drinking man is whom you’ll find with this classic rum in his glass. This drink connoisseur is probably used to the finer things in life and is climbing the corporate ladder. He also enjoys being viewed as “old school” and relishes talking smack with his boys. Based out of Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Ron de Barilito is not only the oldest but the favorite Puerto Rican rum drank by hardcore enthusiasts dating back to 1880. Fun fact: One barrel was set aside in 1942 and saved to be opened when Puerto Rico became a free and independent nation. When/if that ever happens, the barrel will be taken to the town square in the center of Bayamón and given out for free. Sadly, locals are still awaiting this event.

Cuba Libre = Mr. Amateur

Guys who don’t ever drink are quick to order this because well, it’s been around for over a hundred years. Walter, a bartender from Camaradas in New York City claims, “You can always tell the amateur drinkers by the way they come in and order anxiously, hanging over the bar.” Most times, they belt out this drink order or some other mixed drink because “it’s so common, it’s one of the few they have heard of.” Some say this cocktail was invented in Cuba during the Spanish-American War in 1898 when a U.S. Captain came into a bar and ordered a Bacardi, and Coca Cola on the rocks with a lime. Other soldiers became interested and ordered it for themselves. When another round was ordered one soldier suggested that they toast ¡Por Cuba Libre! in honor of the newly freed country. Despite its’ manly origins when a man orders this drink he’s showing how green he really is.

Cuba Libre

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