My Daiquiri in El Floridita and my Mojito in La Bodeguita

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La Bodeguita del Medio

Unquestionably, this is one of the greatest locations in Havana. Likewise, the place is located in the heart of the city, close to Plaza de la Catedral (Cathedral Square).

In fact, the name of the restaurant has a very particular history. Actually, in past years bars were located in the corners of the streets. However, this one was built in the middle, that is why it is called Bodeguita del Medio (kind of a cellar located in the middle of the street).

Due to the good location, along with the excellent service, the place became very well-known. So then, it was home of many artists and common people who preferred gathering around.

Consequently, Ernest Hemingway, who was a bohemian of his time, visited the bar every day for a Mojito. Thanks to him, the drink became so popular in the bar that today it is its classic cocktail.

Nevertheless, it was in 1950 that the owner decided to start serving food as well.

Nowadays, La Bodeguita del Medio is a very common touristic attraction. For granted, every person that visits Havana will, at least, stop to drink a Mojito at the Bar.

Yet, another singular charm is that the walls are signed by visitors.

For example, some personalities that signed its walls were:

  • Pablo Neruda
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • Gabriela Mistral
  • Agustín Lara
  • Nat King Cole
  • Nicolás Guillén
  • Julio Cortázar
  • Joan Manuel Serrat
  • Margaux Hemingway
  • Salvador Allende

    La Bodeguita del Medio
    La Bodeguita del Medio

Would you like to have a Mojito?

Do not worry if you are at home, we will take the drink to you.

Although the Cuban Mojito needs hierbabuena, a typical leave that may be substituted by a mint leave.

Enjoy it.


2 teaspoons sugar

10 fresh mint leaves plus 1 sprig for garnish

Juice of 1/4 lime


2 ounces rum, such as Bacardi Superior Rum

Splash club soda


Combine the sugar, mint and lime juice in a 12-ounce glass and muddle together. Fill the glass with ice, and then pour in the rum. Shake in a shaker until well mixed, then pour back into the same glass. Fill with club soda, and garnish with mint, and a straw.



Briefly, we should point out that Ernest Hemingway fell in love with Havana. There was a little something waiting for him at every corner. Whenever you get the chance, do not hesitate: follow his footsteps.


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