Old Cuban Cocktail

3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
3/8 oz Rich Gum Syrup (2 to 1)
8 Spearmint Leaves
1.5 oz Aged Rum (Bacardi 8 Year or equivalent)
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 oz Champagne (good domestic or French non-vintage)

Chill Champagne saucer.  Muddle lime juice, syrup, and mint gently in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add rum, bitters and ice cubes. Shake and strain into Champagne saucer.  Top with Champagne.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Category Cocktail
Tags Aperitif, Caribbean, Elegant
Proof 29
Strength 1.4 standard drinks
Glass Champagne Saucer
Temp Cold

Old Cuban Cocktail
Old Cuban Cocktail

You can think of this drink as a dressed up or fancy Mojito. It really is a fantastic drink. Sipping it, I imagine I'm at an old sugar plantation house on St. Kitt's looking out at a beautifully manicured lawn (or perhaps on a French island due to the Champagne).

Watch the amount of syrup that you use. I found 3/8 oz balanced well with brut Champagne. If you use a sweeter Champagne, you may want to reduce the syrup. If you don't have any mint handy you can use mint syrup as the sweetener (in a pinch). 

The original recipe specifies Barcard 8 Year rum.  I have found a Cuban profile rum works well here...if you have an aged Havana Club, go for it.  Also 12 or 15 year Ron Matusalem works well.

An Old Cuban Cocktail has a color similar to Paulaner Hefe-Weizen beer--an orange hue. Little bits of mint will be floating in it, too. If you don't have a Champagne saucer, a tulip or small wine glass will work. This drink was invented by Audrey Saunders, a student of Dale DeGroff.  Audrey opened the Pegu Club in New York City in 2005.

Rating (Liquor & Drink)

93

With Ron Matusalem 15 Year rum and Cremant sparkling wine. 8/4/2008
 

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