Drink Up: Old Cuban

It's not often that I experiment with my drink of choice (I typically stick to red wine) but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy trying new things. It's nice to mix things up every now and then and keep your palate fresh. Because I don't make cocktails too often, I try to find cocktails that are not too difficult. When I do drink liquor, I typically go for a spiced rum.

I found a recipe for an Old Cuban on the Liquor Cabinet app which included that spirit. This app is great because you can find so many recipes based off of the liquor you have on hand. I find that it is a lot more cost effective to try new drinks at home where you get more for your money rather than going out and ordering something you may not end up liking.

Old Cuban

1.25 oz. Rum

2 Dashes of Bitters

.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice

6-8 Loose Mint Leaves


Garnish with Mint Leaves

How to make: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake well. Fine strain into a coupe glass or flute. top with Champagne and garnish with fresh mint.

Also, how awesome is this penguin shaker from Mark and Graham? Shoutout to Allie for this awesome birthday gift!

I picked these mix-matched etched glasses from the local thrift store. Perfect for a bar cart, I love how each of them have a unique and distinct look. The beveling and patterns add character to the cocktails and it's fun for guests to pick their own!

Now, you'll have to be careful with this drink... it's strong! It is on the sweeter side, which I typically stay away from, but this drink works. The champagne adds a bit of bubbly and the bitters cuts back on the tartness of the mint. This recipe yields 1-2 drinks depending on how strong you like your cocktails.

What are some of your favorite cocktails? Let us know in the comment section below!

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