Julio Cabrera’s top Cuban cocktails

8th October, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

Cuban bartender Julio Cabrera has channelled the traditions of his home country into every aspect of his on-trade career. Here, he lists his favourite Cuban cocktails to shake and stir behind the stick.

Cuban-born Julio Cabrera opened his Miami bar Cafe la Trova earlier this year

Cabrera has worked in the on-trade for 30 years and through his career he has held positions behind the bar in his native Cuba, as well as Italy, Mexico and the US, where he can now be found heading up Cafe la Trova in Miami.

During his time in the on-trade, Cabrera has worked hard to educate the next generation of bartenders and share Cuban bartending practices with anyone willing to learn.

“One of my goals was always to teach the new generation because they need to learn from people about what they should be doing behind the bar,” he said.

While speaking with Cabrera for the October edition of The Spirits Business magazine, we discovered the top classic Cuban cocktails Cabrera believes any bartender worth their salt should know how to make.

Click through our gallery to see Cabrera’s favourite Cuban cocktails.

To read the full interview with Julio Cabrera, see the October issue of The Spirits Business, out now.

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