Love Mojitos but looking for a little twist? Try an Old Cuban Cocktail!
It’s official, spring is here! Of course, we’re talking about spring in New England, so it’s still 35 degrees in the morning but the temperatures have been climbing all day and should hit 70 in a few hours. And it looks like it’s actually going to stay above freezing all week, which makes Murray a very happy puppy (he is still a puppy at 5, right?). I attempted to take him on a long walk yesterday and this is what I got.
Adorable, but not exactly what I had in mind! But Murray might have the right idea, a little relaxation in the sun could be what we all need. So instead of the hike we had planned, we’re about to head off to some botanical gardens for a picnic and some rest. Followed by a delicious Old Cuban Cocktail when we get back- maybe even on the back porch.
If you’ve never had an Old Cuban, it is very much like a Mojito. The main difference is the use of dark rum instead of white, and the addition of some sparkling wine. It’s still full of minty goodness and feels kind of like a celebratory version of a mojito. Perfect for Spring!
Old Cuban Cocktail
Makes: 1 cocktail
- ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 mint leaves
- 1-ounce simple syrup
- 1½ ounces dark rum
- 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
- 2 ounces sparkling wine
- ice (for shaking)
Add the lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the mint leaves are bruised. Add the rum, bitters, and ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and top off with the sparkling wine. Garnish with additional mint leaves or lime if desired.
You may wish to double strain the cocktail to avoid mint flecks.
Created by Audrey Saunders of the Pegu Club