Old Cuban champagne cocktail recipe

Champagne cocktail meets mojito.
Champagne cocktail meets mojito. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

One of only a handful of truly classic cocktails to be invented in the modern era, the Old Cuban is a mash-up of the classic champagne cocktail and the mojito. This drink pays homage to the Prohibition era of the 1920s, when American socialites flocked to Cuba to party. Invented by Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club in New York, this refreshing tipple is perfect for the rum lovers.


45ml aged Cuban rum 

20ml fresh lime juice 

20ml sugar syrup 

2 dashes Angostura bitters 

6 mint leaves 

30ml sparkling wine to top 

mint sprig to garnish


Add all ingredients except sparkling to a cocktail shaker full of ice.

Shake hard for 10 seconds, then fine-strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Top with sparkling wine and garnish with mint sprig.