Old Cuban Recipe

Branch out from a mojito with this bubbly, minty rum drink.

On a bright and sunny day, what could be better than the icy, minty, rum-soaked goodness of a mojito?

This isn't a mojito. It's close, though—and maybe even better.

Think of the Old Cuban as what a mojito wants to be when it grows up. Suave and urbane, yet with the mojito's summer-busting power, the Old Cuban is one of the finest rum drinks around. A contemporary classic created by Audrey Saunders—she of Pegu Club fame—the Old Cuban is the cocktail to spring on your mojito-loving friends when you want to take them to a new dimension.

Recipe Details

Old Cuban Recipe

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving

Branch out from a mojito with this bubbly, minty rum drink.


  • 6 mint leaves

  • 1 ounce simple syrup (or less, to taste)

  • 3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

  • 1 1/2 ounces Bacardi 8 (or substitute another medium-bodied gold rum)

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 ounces chilled sparkling wine


  1. In the bottom a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves, simple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.

  2. Gently bruise the mint leaves with a wooden muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Add rum and bitters.

  3. Fill shaker with ice, and shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (you may wish to use a tea strainer to remove the tiny flecks of mint).

  4. Top with 2 ounces chilled sparkling wine; garnish with mint leaf.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
204 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 74mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)