Old Cuban Cocktail

This wonderful drink was created by my wife, Audrey Saunders, proprietor of the Pegu Club in New York City. You will notice that it is closely related to the Mojito, but with far more elegance and sophistication. Audrey garnishes her original version with a sugar-coated vanilla bean. See, I told you it was sophisticated!


Fresh lime juice 3/4 Ounce
Simple syrup 1 Ounce
Mint leaves 6
Ice cubes 10 (as needed)
Gold rum 1 1/2 Ounce
Angostura aromatic bitters 2 Dash
Champagne 2 Ounce



1. In a mixing glass measure and pour lime juice and simple syrup, add mint leaves and muddle.

2. Add ice, rum and bitters, shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


3. Top with champagne and enjoy!!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Servings: 1

Nutrition Facts

Serving size Complete recipe

Calories 240Calories from Fat

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat %

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 18 mg0.75%

Total Carbohydrates 28 g9.3%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 25 g

Protein %

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet