Café 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.


INGREDIENTS
Ground espresso
¼ cup sugar
Moka pot


PREPARATION
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