La Floridita, La Bodeguita del Medio, and Sloppy Joe’s Bar were the three most famous Havana watering holes during Prohibition. Sloppy Joe’s slogan at the time was “First port of call, out where the wet begins,” and Charles H. Baker Jr. clearly spent a fair amount of time there. “Let’s not sneer at the place … simply because it’s a raucous tourist dump. I have mentioned elsewhere, and still insist, that at least as many good drinks have been mixed on this plank of mahogany as on any equal area on earth, with the possible exception of the old Waldorf.”
Put a teaspoon of sugar in a highball glass, squeeze in the juice of 1/2 small lime, and toss in the squeezed lime shell. Muddle for a moment with 3 sprigs fresh mint, add 1 jigger light rum and handful of fine ice, fill with chilled soda, and relax.