The Old Cuban is a minty rum cocktail topped with Champagne–and really, what could be better than that?
1 1/2 oz rum
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine lime juice, syrup and mint leaves in a mixing glass; muddle gently. Add rum, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and ice; shake well. Double strain into a cocktail glass, top with Champagne and garnish with a freshly slapped sprig of mint.
Notes: Created by Audrey Saunders of NYC's Pegu Club, the Old Cuban could also be called a Mojito Royale for its use of Champagne. Though a gentle muddle brings out the flavor of fresh mint, you could also infuse your simple syrup, or use a bit of cane syrup for an authentic sweetener. Just don't leave out the bitter or the bubbly–cheers!
Recipe by Audrey Saunders, image by Romulo Yanes.