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.
- Yield:makes 1 cocktail
- 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
In the bottom a cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves, simple syrup, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.
Gently bruise the mint leaves with a wooden muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Add rum and bitters.
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).
Top with 2 ounces chilled sparkling wine; garnish with mint leaf.