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Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar


Pointe Orlando 
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 226-1600



Cuba is a cultural cauldron where the cuisines of many ethnicities have been gently simmered to create what is now the Criollo (home-style) cuisine of the island. Blending native ingredients and cooking traditions with those of South America, Spain, Africa, Asia and a few others, Cuban cuisine is a savory mix that reflects its colorful culture. A cuisine that is not only intriguing to the American palate but also a perfect match for it.


This political intrigue and mystique and the Cuban refugees that fled to America  have put Cuban culture, and in particular, its food, on the U.S. culinary map. With the growing U.S. Latino population (now the largest minority) Latin food has hit  center stage in defining what is served on the American plate. Not since the great immigrations from Asia and Europe has a culture had such an impact on American eating habits.

At Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar they celebrate the Cuba of a bygone era, a time of intrigue and romance and a time and a place now forbidden. The memories of  Myer Lansky, mob casinos, ‘51 Buicks, Desi Arnaz, conga lines, El Malecon, and Tropicana showgirls are alive and well. Cuba Libre is dedicated to celebrating that great Cuban heritage and strives for continuing exploration of Cuban flavors, music, art and traditions.

Cuba Libre serves attractive presentations of contemporary and classic Cuban fare while immersing guests in the island’s architecture, music and art. The flavorful cuisine, moderate pricing and energetic atmosphere of this upscale casual dining concept appeal to diners across a wide spectrum. The restaurant’s atmosphere offers a unique combination of Latin flavor, warmth and splendor - from the “movie set” recreation of an Old Havana street scene to the guayabera uniforms and steamy Cuban rhythms. One-of-a-kind millwork and architectural salvage including unique doors, gates, cabinetry, furniture and accessories help capture the essence of old Cuban architecture. Colorful exotic foliage and large potted palm trees add to Cuba Libre’s open-air, tropical ambiance.
The menu features classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine, which is influenced by the island’s native Tainos as well as its Spanish, African, Creole and Asian immigrants. While grounded by Cuba’s culinary traditions. Cuba Libre’s carefully created menu combines beef, poultry, pork and seafood with exotic fruits, root vegetables, herbs and seasonings. The contemporary cuisine is flavorful and savory, but only rarely spicy. In keeping with the gracious social character of Cuba, the menu includes tapas which are small tasting plates designed for sharing.

Along with all of the wonderful food, a substantial emphasis has been placed on the beverage offerings. Cuba Libre features a broad selection of Cuban drinks and offers at least 100 varieties of rum as well as other premium liquors. Cuba Libre’s rums hail from such tropical climates as Brazil, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tortola and Venezuela to name a few. Rum enthusiasts can sample such specialties as Zaya 12-Year from Guatemala, Mount Gay Extra Old from Barbados or Cruzan Estate Diamond from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rum is a sophisticated and versatile spirit.  While it is perfect as a mixer in classic and tropical cocktails, it also has the same qualities and complexities of a venerable distilled beverage like scotch and cognac, making it ideal for sipping after dinner.

Cuba Libre’s classic Cuban cocktails are the closest one can get to those served in the saloons that Hemingway loved.  Rums are combined with fresh fruits and other ingredients to create a variety of signature tropical cocktails, sangrias, frozen drinks and batidos – Cuban milkshakes.  Cuba Libre’s uniquely refreshing house specialty, the mojito, is made from the authentic Cuban recipe, combining rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, a splash of soda and most distinctively, guarapo– raw sugar cane juice pressed on site with a special extractor.  

Churrasco Steak a la Cubana

Empanadas

Grilled Baby Octopus

Mariquitas Cubanas

Ropa Vieja

Seafood Paella

Classic Mojito

Dinner is served from 5 PM-10 PM Monday through Sunday.
Latin Late Night is every Friday and Saturday from 10 PM until 2 AM.

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Rumtoberfest at Bahama Breeze

8735 Vineland Ave.
Orlando, FL 32821

(407) 938-9010

Bahama Breeze Island Grille is celebrating rum through November 2nd with Rumtoberfest. The six-week long event includes a host of new food and drink offerings, instant win prizes and special Thursday night events in each restaurant.

The rum revelry will peak each Thursday in October, as each Bahama Breeze restaurant celebrates RumThursty beginning at 8 PM each week. The late night parties will feature live music, contests and, of course, rum.

During each RumThursty night, guests can enter to win a trip to the islands in Bahama Breeze’s Instagram Sweeps. One winner will be selected each week to receive a getaway for two to the Super-Inclusive Breezes Resort & Spa in the Bahamas. To enter guests must post a photo on Instagram from the restaurant using #RumSweeps. Offering more chances to win, each Bahama Breeze will also host in-restaurant giveaways for gift cards, t-shirts and more each RumThursty party.


To celebrate one of the world’s favorite rum cocktails, Bahama Breeze has introduced five new fresh fruit mojitos. Each hand-crafted drink features fresh-pressed sugar cane juice, crushed mint and fresh fruit. Variations range from sweet to spicy, including a Strawberry Mojito crafted from Bacardi DragonFruit rum and fresh strawberries and the Mango Jalapeno Mojito made with Cruzan Mango rum, mango puree and fresh jalapeno peppers.

Bahama Breeze is also offering a premium rum flight to showcase the spicy aromas and complex flavors of rum. The Island Rum Tour features Seven Fathoms, Pyrat XO Reserve and Zaya Gran Reserva 12 Year rums. The flight is presented in tasting glasses on a custom board accompanied by tasting notes for each selection.*

The chefs at Bahama Breeze have created two new rum-infused dishes for the occasion. Inspired by the classic cocktail, Rum and Coke Wings feature Bahama Breeze’s signature chicken wings smothered in a house-made sauce with Myers’ Original Dark Rum. For a sweet finish to any meal, the classic Rum Cake is made with Bacardi Oakheart Rum and topped with raisin butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream.


Our Rum Flight was superb.  From left to right you have Seven Fathoms, Zaya Gran Reserva, Pyrat XO Reserve. My favorite was the Zaya Gran Reserva. Deep Vanilla flavors and caramel aroma.



The Mango Jalapeno Mojito was full of sweet and heat. The Coconut Mojito was really good as well.




The new appetizer of Rum and Coke Wings was a tad too sweet for my liking, but tasty nonetheless. 





I ordered the Ropa Joe Sandwich as my entree. Its the traditional ropa vieja shredded beef, but topped with cheese, peppers and onions, served on Cuban Bread...and it was delicious.


My guest decided on the Mojo Pork Cubano for an entree choice. This dish is made with fried pieces of pork covered in mojo sauce and pickled onions and is served with yellow rice and sweet plantains.

The star of the show was the Island Rum Cake made with Bacardi Oakheart Rum, topped with homemade raisin butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice creamThis is an awesome desert, and worth a trip to Bahama Breeze all on its own.

Stop by and enjoy #Rumtoberfest at a Bahama Breeze near you!  All Bahama Breeze locations are open for lunch and dinner daily, from 11:00 am until late night and offer call-ahead seating.


For additional details on Rumtoberfest and your chance to win a trip to the islands, please visit www.rumtoberfest.com.

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