Cafe Cubano (non-alcoholic drink)

Cuban coffee is such a staple of Cuban society that is difficult to imagine finishing off a large meal without it. Often café Cubano is enjoyed with a hand-rolled cigar, a chair in the shade, and the sound of Cuban rhythms in the air. A favorite spot for this is the Café Paris in Havana’s Old Town; a place where locals and visitors mix as they come for the live music and the opportunity to watch passersby walk from square to square. I love to go there in the early evenings when the temperature drops just a bit. At this time, the corner café usually picks up a slight breeze, and makes enjoying the music and the hustle and bustle of the crowd enough entertainment for the night.

Ground espresso
¼ cup sugar
Moka pot

Brew a pot of espresso on the stove top in a Moka pot. Measure out the sugar in a large glass measuring cup, and add 1 Tbsp of the hot espresso. Using a small whisk, beat the sugar with the espresso until they combine and turn pale and thick and the sugar is nearly dissolved, approximately 1 minute. Stir in the remaining hot espresso. Let the foam rise to the top, then pour into espresso cups and serve immediately.

liza gershman