Old Cuban Recipe

Old Cuban Recipe

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


  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

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

  3. 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. 4.

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