Old Cuban

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 handful fresh mint leaves (about 1 large sprig) plus more for garnish

1 1/2 ounces aged rum

1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice (1 lime)

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons superfine sugar or 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows

2 dashes bitters, (recommended: Angostura)

Ice cubes

1 1/2 to 2 ounces dry Champagne, Prosecco or other sparkling wine


  1. Muddle the mint leaves with the rum, lime juice, Simple Syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover, and shake vigorously, or stir, until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready when the shaker mists up.) Pour the muddled liquid into a chilled champagne flute, holding back the ice, but letting some of the mint leaves fall into the glass. Add enough Champagne to almost fill the glass to the top. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Drink.;

Simple Syrup:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
  4. Yield: about 1 1/2 cups