What Kinds of Alcohol Are Available in Cuba?


Rum is a long-time staple of Cuban bars. There are 12 rum distilleries and 60 different brands of rum sold in Cuba. White rum is the lightest, añejo is the darkest, and oro (“gold”) is in the middle. Mojitos, Cuba libres, and daiquiris all originated in Cuba. Each of these cocktails features white rum. Daiquiris and mojitos are light and fruity, and Cuba libre combines rum with cola.

Cubans also love beer. Most of the beers here are lagers, or resemble lite American beers. Beer is very cheap and usually costs less than a dollar.

Wine is not especially popular in Cuba, and Cuba does not have notable domestic vintages. Some hotels may stock wine, usually varieties from Argentina and Spain.