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Brandy Cuban Recipe

When it comes to a good Cuban cocktail, there is really no wrong way to enjoy it. No matter how you choose to prepare it, either by following the classic recipe or by following some variation on it, you will surely find yourself sipping on a wonderfully refreshing and enjoyable cocktail!

The classic Cuban cocktail recipe is comprised of brandy, apricot brandy, fresh lime juice, and white rum. While it may be a little misleading to call this version of the drink a Brandy Cuban – since it sort of implies the other version does not involve brandy – the fact of the matter is that this drink has a much stronger brandy flavor than the classic recipe. The Brandy Cuban cocktail is made of brandy, fresh lime juice, and cola, making it a little less fruity than the classic Cuban. 

The Brandy Cuban cocktail is an excellent choice for a cocktail hour treat, and it is especially nice to enjoy after a long, hard day at work. Lime juice and cola go together beautifully for whatever reason, and the brandy is also a great thing to combine with the sweet soda and sharp, tart lime juice. It has a vaguely tropical taste. If you are really craving a little extra kick, consider adding just a dash of coconut cream to the mix before adding the cola. 

BRANDY CUBAN COCKTAIL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 measures brandy
1/2 measure fresh lime juice
Cola
Slice of lime, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Chill a lowball glass. When it appears frosted and is very cold to the touch, half-fill it with ice cubes.

2. Pour the brandy into the lowball glass, then add the fresh lime juice. 

3. Fill the glass with the brandy, then stir gently to mix. 

4. Add a slice of lime as a garnish. Serve and enjoy!

Health Benefits of Labrador Tea

*IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER NOTICE*

The data presented in this article is intended for general informational and research purposes only. The Author in no manner condones or recommends experimentation with any substance, without the guidance and evaluation of your health care provider or personal physician. Only by working together can you and your health care provider make the best decisions regarding your own health. As always, consult with your health care provider BEFORE trying ANY new medicinal product, procedure, or advice.

 In the Modern Age that we find ourselves living in, it has become rather widely accepted that herbal teas may offer several health benefits to tea connoisseurs. Two of the more commonly known varieties are Green Tea and Chamomile Tea. Green Tea has been shown to have numerous anti-oxidant properties (1), and Chamomile Tea has long been used for its calming properties. (2)

 A lesser known tea is Labrador Tea. This tea comes from the leaves of the shrub Ledum groenlandicum. During the American Revolution, and the historically famous “Boston Tea Party”, Labrador tea was found to be an acceptable substitute for the overly taxed, imported British variety of tea. It was often served in the finest parlors in Boston by the city’s hostesses. Some more adventurous would even occasionally used it to brew beer.(3)

 Traditionally, Native Americans have used this tea as a medicinal treatment for such things as Asthma, stomachaches, colds, ulcers, itching, and even as a treatment to get rid of Lice. Other treatment claims include: Arthritis, burns, dizziness, use as a blood purifier, and as a treatment for Tuberculosis. Due to the plant’s narcotic properties, some Native women even use it during childbirth to alleviate pain. (5)

 In the interest of responsible journalism, it should be noted that questions have arisen, and been debated, about Labrador tea’s beneficial effects. In the publication “Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest” (Gray’s 1976), Lewis J. Clark was quoted as saying: “Ledol, a toxic compound that can induce cramps and paralysis, has been isolated from the leaves of all of the Ledum species. Possibly in the low concentrations of the pioneers brew, this substance may have produced restorative effects similar to those resulting from the caffeine in tea.” (3)

Extreme care should be exercised when preparing Labrador tea. If brewed in too high of a concentration, it may cause some nasty, and/or downright lethal side effects, such as: intoxication, slow pulse, low blood pressure, confusion, convulsions, and even paralysis or death. (4) (6)

Informational Sources:

(1) http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/antioxidants-in-green-and-black-tea

(2) http://sleepdisorderstalk.com/sleep-aids/chamomile-tea-as-sleep-aid

(3) http://www.herbcompanion.com/Health/LABRADOR-TEA.aspx

(4) http://www.health-care-clinic.org/alternative-medicines/labrador-tea.html

(5) http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/labrador-tea

(6) http://www.drugs.com/npp/labrador-tea.html