Cafe Cubano, or Cuban coffee, is a type of sweetened coffee enjoyed in Cuba where brown sugar is brewed with the coffee grounds.
I’ve taken this simple idea and embellished it by adding chocolate and rum; two other flavours I really enjoyed in Cuba and happen to complement coffee so well. Served as an Australian style iced coffee, with ice-cream and whipped cream, it becomes a rich yet refreshing dessert.
If you want something a little lighter you certainly could omit the ice-cream and cream and simply add ice cubes instead but please don’t use low or no fat milk; it has its place but not here!
I will be the first to admit that the presentation and the photo could be better. It was a very hot afternoon when I photographed this drink so I could use the excuse that it was melting too fast for an amateur such as myself to get a better photograph but the truth is I was just impatient. I’m just so greedy I didn’t want to wait! It was just the thing for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
What is your favourite cold sweet drink for a hot afternoon?
2 tbsp plus 1 tsp chocolate syrup*
2 tbsp (30ml) espresso coffee, chilled
2 tbsp (30ml) dark rum, Havana Club if you want to be authentic; I used Matusalem
3/4 cup full fat milk
2 small scoops vanilla ice-cream
Place 2 tbsp chocolate syrup, coffee and rum in a jug and blend until smooth. Add the milk and stir until combined.
Place 1 tsp of the chocolate syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Add the ice-cream followed by the milk. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.
* I made my own chocolate syrup by placing 3/4 cup caster sugar, 4 tbsp cocoa and 4 tbsp water in a small saucepan and heating and stirring until the sugar had dissolved and it was smooth. I made it the night before and placed it in a small jug to chill in the fridge. This quantity of syrup should be enough for about 4 drinks.
6 thoughts on “Iced Cafe Cubano”
This looks amazing! Love the sound of the homemade chocolate syrup too 🙂
Thank you! The syrup is quite nice on ice cream too.
This desert looks great can you quickly have one delivered to my address as fast as you can .. wish a happy New Year
I’d love to Andrew but I’ve had too much wine! Happy new year!
Oh yum! Did you love Cuba as much as I did? I haven’t been for years but I LOVED it. The people were the nicest (and poorest) I’d ever met. One welcomed us into his home and he cooked us dinner. It’s the one place I could visit again and again. Thanks for bringing back great memories and I hope 2013 is just fantastic for you.
Thanks Maureen! My trip to Cuba was only short, and made shorter due to a hurricane. I would love to visit again. All the best for 2013.