Old Cuban – Recipe & History

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Old Cuban

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American




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Learn how to make an old cuban.


  • 2 dashes 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

  • 6 whole 6 whole Mint Leaves

  • 2/3 oz 20 ml Lime Juice

  • 1 oz 30 ml Simple Syrup

  • 1.5 oz 45 ml Anejo Rum

  • 2 oz 60 ml Sparkling Wine


  • Technique: Saxe Soda Shake
  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker except for the sparkling wine.
  • Add one medium or two small ice cubes to the cocktail shaker and shake until the ice fully melts.
  • Pour the chilled and aerated drink into a glass through a fine mesh strainer to catch the mint leaves.
  • Top with sparkling wine.
  • Garnish:
  • Mint bouquet

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History Of The Old Cuban

The Old Cuban was created by Audrey Saunders in 2001, while working at a New York restaurant called the Beacon. The Old Cuban cocktail is a cross between a French 75 and a Mojito. The strong mint and aged rum are balanced by the light effervesce of the sparkling wine and presented as a fancy sour. An absolutely wonderful cocktail and one you should try.

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