The Old Cuban

3 minutes /
The Old Cuban
40 ml 1.5 oz Rum
20 ml 0.75 oz Lime Juice
20 ml 0.75 oz Sugar syrup
Sugar syrup
Just sugar and water, equal parts. Simple sugar syrup is used in most shaken cocktails and is a must to have in your fridge. Learn how to make it
5 Mint leaves
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
40 ml 1.5 oz Champagne
1 Mint leaf

1 Prepare

Prepare your mint leaves and lime ready for squeezing

2 Ice

Fill both your glass and shaker with cubed ice

3 Ingredients

Add all the ingredients and the 5 mint leaves excluding the champagnee into your shaker

4 Shake

Close the shaker and shake hard for 7 seconds

5 Empty and Fine Stair

Empty the ice in your coupe glass back into the ice bucket

Take off the small top off the shaker and fine strain out the mix into your glass.

6 Top

Top up with the champagne

7 Garnish and Serve

Garnish with one mint leaf

The Cocktail

The Old Cuban was invented by Saunders in 2001, and quickly made its way into bar books across America. Like all great classic cocktails, the recipe is deceptively simple, requiring just rum, sparkling wine, lime, mint and bitters.


Bartender Tip:

The construction of the cocktail is easy, you have to take into account only one detail, mix the 5 ingredients first and the champagne at the end.

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