Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Cuban protests one year later for Daiquiri Day and Captive Nations Week

Happy National Daiquiri Day! I wrote that "I might return to Cuba today at the end of A recipe from Cuba for National Mojito Day. I'm following up on that by revisiting Protests in Cuba and Florida for National Daiquiri Day and Captive Nations Week 2021 and sharing Food, Medicine Shortages Remain In Cuba One Year After Massive Protests from NBC News.

July 11 marks one year since protests began in Cuba over food and medicine shortages, the biggest demonstrations the island had seen in over 50 years. NBC News' Ed Augustin reports on how the Cuban government reprimanded protesters and if any demands were met.
Food shortages pose a risk for governments. That relates to one of the possible answers to "What effects have global food prices, both high and low, had on food production outside of the U.S.?" in my worksheet for "Food, Inc." The movie shows food riots, including one that brought down a government. I pointed this out to my students yesterday when I lectured about population and why China instituted its one-child policy, which it rescinded in 2015. China didn't want its population to outstrip its ability to feed itself, which could lead to food shortages and instability.

NBC News had more on the anniversary and its aftermath in Protestors Remain In Prison One Year After Largest Cuban Protest In Decades.

One year after Cuba’s largest protests since Fidel Castro took control in 1959, many demonstrators still remain in prison for charges of sabotage, public disorder, and sedition. NBC News’ Morgan Radford reports on how the protests were a partial catalyst for the most recent wave of Cuban migration.
This is much more about the political and social situation than about the Cuban economy, facets of the protests and their aftermath that MSNBC explored in Today Marks One Year Since Historic Anti-Government Protests In Cuba.

One year ago, racial and sociopolitical injustices caused marginalized Cubans to take to the streets. The Cuban government continues to prosecute many who were involved with the protests.
José Díaz-Balart added a diversity dimension to the protests by having a guest on who explained the racial politics of Cuba and how that fed into the discontent. That was something NBC News didn't include in their reports.

Since this is a day about a drink that I'm using as an excuse to cover Cuba, I conclude with A delicious Daiquiri in 87 Seconds from Behind the Bar.

In a hurry for a delicious Lime Daiquiri recipe? Look no further than this video - our Make it Quick Daiquiri.

Once you're kicking back, sipping your icy cold daiquiri though, you might want to check out our Daiquiri Masterclass where we cover the history of this delicious cocktail, tips and tricks and even look at some famous variations.


60ml (2 oz) Bacardi Carta Blanca rum
20ml (2/3 oz) fresh lime juice
10ml (1/3 oz) cane sugar syrup
Lime zest
Lots of ice

Cut a small strip of lime zest off your lime, with as little pith as possible (you want the aromatic oils but not too much bitterness).

Squeeze your lime and add all the ingredients, including zest, to your shaker.

Shake hard and for a little longer than you think you should.

Strain in to ice cold coupe and serve!
That's it for Daiquiri Day. Stay tuned as I continue my series on the Apollo missions for Moon Day.

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