Old Cuban

Um….this drink is just awesome.  Its the creation of Audrey Saunders, owner of the The Pegu Club in SoHo.  The Pegu Club is one of the best bars EVAH – part of the modern speakeasy/cocktail club/mixology movement of the last few years.  I was there over the Christmas holidays with Ms. ChinaNob.  I think by the end of the night we had sampled six or seven cocktails.  They were just THAT good.  If I lived nearby, I’d be both broke and joining AA.

Old Cuban

1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
6-8 mint leaves
ice
1 1/2 oz. gold rum
2 dashes Angostura bitters
top with champagne

Muddle simple syrup, lime juice and mint leaves.  Top with ice.  Add rum and bitters.  Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass.  Top with approximately 2 oz. champagne.

Courtesy of Audrey Saunders.

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