Canchanchara - Oldest Cuban Cocktail

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Recipe: #32644

June 22, 2019

"The Canchanchara is an invigorating Cuban cocktail from the colonial town of Trinidad. The simple recipe calls for rum, lime, honey, and ice. Invented by guerilla fighters during the 10 Years War of Cuban independence, the Canchanchara is considered to be Cuba’s oldest known cocktail."

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (88 g)
  • Calories 83.9
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 2.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 24.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 18.4 g
  • Protein - 0.5 g
  • Calcium - 23.4 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 19.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Combine all ingredients and stir to mix. Serve over ice, with a lime wedge for garnish.

NOTE: the official rum of Cuba, Havana Club, is still fairly difficult to come by in the US. We used Bacardi white rum for this recipe. Bacardi, while currently produced in Puerto Rico, originated in Cuba and makes a good substitute.

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No special items needed.



An unusual and delicious cocktail! I loved the taste of the honey with the white rum. The cocktail is definitely not too sweet - the lime perfectly offsets the honey. I must warn readers, however, that this cocktail goes down really smoothly and leaves you wanting another, and then one more. Resist. They're strong!

review by:
(17 Jun 2020)


I loved this refreshing and tasty drink. It's easy and made form ingredients I typically have on hand. Perfect. Made for CQ19.

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(11 Aug 2019)