Old Cuban cocktail

Old Cuban cocktail
The Old Cuban cocktail is a modern cocktail that combines rum, lime, mint, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters and champagne into one strong (yet tasty!) – drink.
The Old Cuban was created by Audrey Saunders in a New York bar in 2001 and was inspired by the Mojito and French 75 cocktails and of the roaring 20s when Americans would party on the shores of Cuba drinking rum cocktails.
To make an authentic version the rum should be a more mature old blend – hence its name The Old Cuban.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • coupe glass


  • 60 ml champagne (to top)
  • 45 ml rum
  • 30 ml sugar syrup
  • 22.5 ml lime juice
  • 1-2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • mint sprig (to garnish)


  • Muddle the mint leaves with sugar syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the ice and pour in the rum and Angostura bitters.
  • Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass and top with champagne.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig.
Rum varies in color from transparent to red, amber, gold, brown and even black. Aged rums are of deeper tones while the darkest rums are produced from caramelized molasses or mature in charred barrels.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.