September 10, 2005

Mint and Rum: Meet the Old Cuban

Old CubanMost days, if you told us you wanted to make us a drink containing rum and champagne, we'd call you crazy. Well, maybe not crazy. Who are we kidding? We'd tell you to mix it strong. Anyway, we found a great-looking recipe that looks like a Mojito on steroids, and makes us wish we were sitting on a wind-swept veranda, smoking contraband cigars. We haven't tried it yet, but we plan to ASAP...if you give it a shot let us know.

The Old Cuban

1½ ounces rum
1 ounce simple syrup
¾ ounces fresh lime juice
2 dashes bitters
2 ounces Champagne
7 sprigs fresh mint

Measure lime juice, simple syrup, and six sprigs of mint into a mixing glass, and muddle. Add rum and bitters, ice, and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and top with Champagne. Garnish with mint sprig.

The article mentions that a good way to enhance the mint flavor is to "spank" the mint, which means you slap it between your hands before adding it to the drink. Sounds like a great idea, especially if your mint's been a bit naughty.

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Read the full article, In Mint Condition, plus learn about spanking your mint, at nytimes.com.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 10, 2005 6:50 PM
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