Prince Charles prepares mojito, grinds sugarcane in Havana


Havana (AFP)

Prince Charles, the heir to the British crown, prepared a mojito and ground sugarcane on the last day of his historic visit to Havana, which boosted tourism on the island at a time of tensions between Cuba and the nearby United States.

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla left Cuba after 4:00 pm (20:00 GMT) bound for the Cayman Islands.

On the last of their four days in the Cuban capital, they visited a "paladar" private restaurant where they tasted local delicacies and Charles prepared the Cuban cocktail of lemon, rum, peppermint and ice known as a mojito.

He also helped grind sugarcane, a major expert product for the communist island, using a "trapiche" artisanal device from which a sweet liquid known as "guarapo" is extracted.