The United States now allows travelers to Cuba a $100 limit of cigars or alcohol. Keep in mind, if you do purchase Cuban cigars in the States, it’s possible they are counterfeit or of lesser quality. If you love Cuban cigars, the Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Cuban Corona Natural is an excellent choice. The Gran Reserva series is comprised of the finest specially-selected tobaccos from the family’s exclusive reserve, grown on at their plantation, Chateau de la Fuente.
Made with rich Dominican filler and binder in a natural Cameroon wrapper, the Cuban Corona is mild to medium bodied. The small Corona is intensely flavored with notes of cedar, earth and hints of spice, yet smooth on the palate. A perfect embodiment of a classic Cuban style blend which you can purchase and enjoy right here in the states. However.....
With travel restrictions to Cuba lax, you can now seek out true Cuban stogies and you can visit two of Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering holes in Havana: La Floridita and La Bodeguita del Medio. Perfect spots to enjoy great cigars and cocktails, just as Hemingway did. At La Floridita is a signed plaque by Hemingway that reads : "My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita." It is with great delight that we at El Cigar present this marvelous recipe for one of Ernest's favorite libations:
The Hemingway Daiquiri
2 oz. white rum (Havana Club if you got it)
3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice.
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice.
1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur.
1/4 oz. simple syrup 1:1.
Preparation: Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Served: Straight up; without ice