By The Tahona Society Editorial Team
A Quick Look at La Mata: Winner of the Tahona Society Competition 2021
The Tahona Society Editorial Team
Nov 18, 2022
Owners of Jíbaro’s; founders of @conbachavana and proud family members of @lamata_cuba
Meet Project La Mata—Winner of the Tahona Society Competition 2021
For 5 years now, Jíbaro’s is the place to try cocktails made with 100% natural ingredients.
Diana loves a Paloma and David enjoys making and drinking a Negroni.
Elliot Ball from CTC.
Diana loves to read, watch cooking shows, and everything sea and sun related. David loves music, hiking, and hanging out and talking about cocktails for long hours.
Ropa Vieja is the main local food dish—a delicious staple! Our restaurant recommendation: a small place called Locos por Cuba, near Havana University.
When they first opened Jíbaro’s, there was a temporary ban on liquor licenses in Cuba so in a matter of months they had to develop a totally new cocktail menu of nonalcoholic drinks, something very new in Cuba.
In order to achieve this in a country with so few options of quality and complex ingredients, Diana and David began to study and develop this kind of products for Jíbaro’s. Eventually they started getting demand from other bars and restaurants. Everything started from this initial investigation and development work, continued with a very "royal mojito" and the creation of ConBAC: the first cocktail event organized by private owners of the industry in Cuba.
Diana says that is very common in Cuba to make a mojito in its own container. The spearmint, along with its stem, is macerated in the glass, resulting in a bitter and cloudy mojito, or as we call it: a dirty mojito!