There are many divine inventions on earth. Right up there with electricity and the automobile is the Old Cuban cocktail. The inventor of this ingenious conconction is none other than the Audrey Saunders, arguably New York's most famous FEMALE bartender. Yes boys, a woman invented this magnificent work of drinkable art.
How did the Old Cuban come to be? Back in 2002, the Mojito was the trending cocktail. The problem with the Mojito, as many might agree, is that something was missing. The Royal Mojito, which utilizes Champagne instead of water, was the trending pimped out option. But as with the Mojito, something in the royal version was still missing. Ms. Saunders, in search of a more elegant alternative, decided to replace the raw sugar with sugar syrup and to toss the lime remnants and voila, the Old Cuban was born. A deliciously minty and luxurious drink, the Old Cuban has become a mainstay in most upscale bars and for good reason. Could there be a better cocktail on earth?
With no further ado, let's get to the recipe.
4-5 cl Dark rum (Happy Hour recommendation: Compagnie des Indes Caraibes or Plantation Original Dark)
3 cl Sugar syrup
2 dashes Aromatic Bitters (Happy Hour recommendation: Inca Bitters)
6 cl Champagne (Happy Hour recommendation: Louis Roederer)
2 cl Freshly squeezed lime juice
6 Mint leaves
Combine the rum, sugar syrup, bitters, lime juice and mint leaves with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass using a fine strainer. Top with Champagne and enjoy!