A Journey To Paradise With Ron Zacapa at Havana Chicago

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A Journey To Paradise With Ron Zacapa at Havana ChicagoThe other night I had the pleasure of taking a magical journey from Chicago to the cloudy peaks of Guatemalan mountains and finally, the Caribbean island of Cuba. Havana Chicago was kind enough to host a night of food and drink with Ron Zacapa, a smooth, delicious South American rum.

They started the evening by taking us high to the mountaintops where thin, cool air is gentle on the aging of the rum, creating flavors that the humid hot sea level climates of most Caribbean rum makers can’t. Soon we found ourselves back at sea level in the bustling streets of Havana, Cuba tasting the elegant product of this careful process.
I was first introduced to Ron Zacapa by my good friend, Trini (he’s from Trinidad – creative, I know) and have been enjoying Zacapa 23 on the rocks for years. Our journey that night, introduced three creative, fruity cocktails, featuring flavors like lime, ginger and mint to compliment ceviche, plantain chips and other Caribbean foods.
We ate while we listened to stories about the heritage of this special brew with humble roots in the small town of Zacapa, Guatemala, where local women still make a living weaving the petate bands that adorn each bottle. As things wound down, we relaxed and chatted in true Caribbean style, capping our night with a nice glass of Zacapa XO served neat. A blend of rums between six to 25 years old and aged in five different barrels, XO is second to none.

I’ve sought out good rum at many restaurants around Chicago and can honestly say that not too many get it right. So, if you want to try something magical, get down to Havana Chicago, ask for a glass of Zacapa, sit back and find yourself enjoying rich, tropical paradise.

A Journey To Paradise With Ron Zacapa at Havana Chicago

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