In Miami, a Revered Cuban Bartending Tradition Lives On

Cuba has one of the richest cocktail histories in the world, and at the center of it is the cantinero—a rigorously trained breed of Cuban bartender. Within Cuba, cantineros are known for their throwing of cocktails (a flashy technique originally from Spain, where cantineros toss a drink from one tin to another); their memorization of over 200 traditional recipes; and for a commitment to the work as more of a lifestyle than a career. Naturally, it’s a role held with great pride. 

There are just over 1,200 cantineros remaining, and about 100 of them work here in the U.S. To

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