From the creators of La Rana Dorada Cevecería comes the arrival of Panama’s first artisanal rum made from traditional raspadura: Pedro Mandinga. Here’s a look inside…
Pedro Mandinga is a rum bar situated in the heart of Casco Viejo near Plaza Herrera and across from the iconic Rolo de Sedas mami murals. It is the kind of place you can hang out for hours, sipping the amazing house specialty rum cocktails and losing track of time with old friends.
As you enter the bar, a cozy Caribbean atmosphere welcomes you, and the sound of classic salsa music is playing in the background. A warm combination of wood panels and framed images of tropical palm trees and parrots line the walls, and an eclectic mix of old world items line along the top bar shelves with bottles of Pedro Mandinga rum and several other brands proudly displayed below. Be sure to grab a front row seat at the bar for an amazing view of the bartenders meticulously mixing the perfect rum cocktail.
But before ordering a cocktail, ask the bartender for a small sample of the silver and spiced house rum to see how they taste on their own. The spiced variety has become my new favorite liquor, and I always keep a bottle handy in my cabinet.
Artisanal Cocktails & Latin Inspired Plates
The cocktail menu offers a wide variety of well-thought cocktails that make use of fresh and natural ingredients. As a personal goal of trying almost all the drinks on the menu, each one truly has a unique flavor and style. However, the one drink the I always go back to is the Portal de Caldas made with Pedro Mandinga Spiced Rum, Appleton V/X, grapefruit juice, spice syrup, and bitters. They also do a fantastic classic mojito made with raspadura (unrefined sugar from concentrated cane juice) that achieves the perfect balance of natural sweetness. The cocktails are fairly priced at $8, or if you come in before 6 pm for happy hour they are just $5!
If you’re hungry, the food menu has an assortment of shareable plates that pair perfectly with a cocktail. The Latin-inspired dishes include patacones with pork, romesco crostini, gourmet ceviche, and more!
The Origins Of Pedro Mandinga
When speaking with Christiane Silberwasser, one of the co-founders of Pedro Mandinga, she mentioned that she didn’t want to name the brand after a ruthless pirate like many others, but instead after someone who did something good in Panama’s history.
After searching deep through Panama’s history, she finally came across Pedro Mandinga, a leader of the Cimmarrones, which were early settlers of African descent who escaped slavery from the Spaniards in the 16th century that built hidden communities along the Caribbean coast. Pedro was knowledgeable of Panama’s inhospitable land and served as a guide and ally to Sir Francis Drake.
“Pedro Mandinga Rum symbolizes all that is best about the diverse heritage and camaraderie of the modern-day Panamanian. Our logo is the great ceiba tree that Pedro would climb to see both the Pacific and the Caribbean Ocean – a bridge between two worlds, like the isthmus itself.”
Made From Raspadura
Our rums are distilled from “raspadura”, which is a typical Latin American and Caribbean type of unrefined sugar made from freshly concentrated cane juice. Our raspadura is made in small scale on a family run farm in Chiriquí, at the foot of Barú volcano.
Pedro Mandinga rums are distilled in a small copper pot still and bottled at our distillery in Panama City. We mature our rum in repurposed American white oak whiskey barrels.
We have carefully crafted each of our recipes to create small batches of Silver and Spiced styles. While there are other good Panamanian rums, Pedro Mandinga is the country’s first artisanal rum made from raspadura. We take great pride in being hands-on and passionate about what we do. One can purchase our rums in 750ml or 375ml bottles at Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar in Casco Viejo.
Pedro Mandinga is the type of place that has successfully captured the essence of Panama. The cozy Caribbean atmosphere, fantastic cocktails, and delicious food cannot be missed, and I highly recommend stopping by for a visit!
Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar is located on Avenida A. Entre Plaza Herrera Y Calle 8A, Portal de Caldas Building in Casco Viejo, Panamá and they are open Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 1 am & Friday – Sunday 12 pm – 1 am. They can be contacted by phone at 507 391 5596 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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