Somehow I had always assumed that the name of this cocktail derived from the Cuban Revolution, but when my father told me this weekend that he used to drink them in Kansas City in the 40s, I decided to investigate: It was first mixed at a Cuban bar in August of 1900 during the Spanish-American War by a member of the U.S. Signal Corps. Instead of Coca-Cola he used a syrup of cola nuts and coca!
Venezuelan Presidente Hugo Chavez is lunching in London with Mayor Ken today. Fresh from her appearance at the LG Chocolate Phone launch party, Jade Jagger will be there, as well as Harold Pinter (inevitably) and Peter Voser, Chief Financial Officer of Shell International (interestingly). Livingston has described Chavez as "the best news out of Latin America in many years". The Tories are "disgusted" by this luncheon.