A film written, produced, and directed by cuban exiles living in Miami, Florida.

Island Body

A Poem by Richard Blanco

  • Forced to leave home, but home
  • never leaves us. Wherever exile
  • takes us, we remain this body made
  • from the red earth of our island—
  • our ribs taken from its montes—
  • its breeze our breaths. We stand
  • with its palmeras. Our eyes hold
  • its blue-green sea. Waterfalls
  • echo in our ears. On our wrists,
  • jasmine. Our palms open, close
  • Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban
  • We thrive wherever we remain true
  • to our lucha—hustle of our feet
  • walking to work as we must,
  • oily hands fixing broken beauty
  • as we must, soiled hands growing
  • what we must, or cutting what
  • must be cut. Our pockets filled
  • with the island’s sands and pulse
  • of its waves, with the gossamer
  • dew and dust of its sunrises,
  • with the song of its sinsontes
  • and its son nested in our souls.
  • Don’t tell us we’re not Cuban.
  • Wherever the world spins us,
  • home remains the island that
  • remains in us. Its sun still sets
  • in our eyes. We’re still caught
  • in its net of stars, still listen to
  • its moon above its dirt roads.
  • We’re its rivers, its coast’s lace,
  • its valleys’ windsong, its vast
  • seas of sugarcane fields. We are
  • our island’s sweetness, still are
  • the amber rum born from it.
  • Don’t tell me I’m not Cuban.
  • Or him. Or her. Or them.
  • Or any of us.

Exile, Perseverance and Resurgence

The Arechabala Family started their rum-making business in 1878 in Cuba. They first registered the Havana Club trademark in 1934. With its well-rounded flavor featuring notes of tropical fruits and hints of vanilla and oak, Havana Club quickly became a beloved and iconic Cuban brand. It was a favorite of locals as well as American and European tourists flocking to Cuba’s chic nightspots and casinos from the late 1930s to the 1960s. Havana Club became one of the symbols of the razzle and dazzle of that Golden Age.

Havana Club

Añejo Blanco

PRODUCTION PROCESS
  • Distilled and aged in Puerto Rico under the Caribbean sun for 1 year in oak barrels
  • Aged rums are blended together
  • The blend is aged for a second period in oak barrels for at least 2 months
TASTING NOTES
  • A medium-bodied aged white rum
  • Notes of pineapple and banana, hints of vanilla and oak
COCKTAIL

HAVANA ESPECIAL

  • 1 part HAVANA CLUB® Anejo Blanco Rum
  • 1 part Pineapple juice
  • Dash of Maraschino Liqueur
  • Garnish with pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge
  • Over cubed ice

Havana Club

Añejo Clasico

PRODUCTION PROCESS
  • Distilled and aged in Puerto Rico under the Caribbean sun for 1-3 years in oak barrels
  • Aged rums are blended together
  • The blend is aged for a second period in oak barrels for at least 3 months
TASTING NOTES
  • Smooth and velvety finish
  • Notes of apricots and pineapples
  • Complimented by oaky notes with hints of almond and vanilla
COCKTAIL

HAVANA EXILE

  • 2 parts HAVANA CLUB® Anejo Clasico Rum
  • .25 parts demerara sugar
  • .75 parts MARTINI & ROSSI® Rosso Vermouth
  • .5 parts Cold Brew Coffee
  • Garnish with lemon twist
  • Single Ice Rock