Old Cuban

Friday, July 25, 2014

 The Old Cuban is a minty rum cocktail topped with Champagne–and really, what could be better than that?

Old Cuban

1 1/2 oz rum
1 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
mint leaves
Angostura bitters

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.


  1. This looks mighty tasty!

  2. This cocktail sounds absolutely delicious! Happy Friday!



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