After doing so many Mixing through Grog Log posts filled with tasty tiki drinks i now feel like doing a classic rum drink and was reminded of the Old Cuban cocktail by Douglas Ford over at Cold Glass.

The Old Cuban cocktail was invented by Audrey Saunders of New York’s Pegu Club and the original recipe used Bacardi 8 rum. But i didn´t have the Bacardi 8 either and so i reached for Smith & Cross. This is an excellent rum cocktail and very nice now when it´s summer.

Think of this cocktail as a grown-up mojito with a bit more complexity and aroma.


1.5 oz dark rum (Smith and Cross)
1 oz simple suger (Demerara)
0.75 oz fresh lime juice
1–2 dashes Angostura bitters, to taste
6 leaves of fresh mint
sparkling wine to top (champagne or prosecco)

Muddle mint and juiced lime hulls lightly. Add rum, syrup, bitters and lime juice. Shake until well chilled. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top up with champagne or prosecco. Garnish with mint or sugared vanilla.

I wanted to make a twist of it as well staying true to my habit of playing around with cocktails. I´m somewhat into chocolate right now for some reason and so i decided to add some chocolate flavors to the party adding a little bit of the excellent Mozart Dry Chocolate Spirit, a dash xocolatel mole bitters and a whiff of fresh chocolate mint and came up with the Chocolate Cuban.

Here´s the recipe, hope it pleases somebody:


1.5 oz Smith & Cross Jamaican rum
0.5 oz demerara sugar syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime
0.5 oz Mozart Dry chocolate spirit
1-2 dashes xocolatl mole bitters
6-8 leaves fresh chocolate mint
Prosecco to top

Muddle mint and juiced lime hulls lightly, be careful with the mint, it will become bitter if muddled too hard.

Add rum, Mozart Dry, xocolatl mole bitters and lime juice and shake well with ice cubes.
Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with mint and/or sugared vanilla.

I think chocolate goes very well with the Old Cuban and chocolate and vanilla are as we know old lovers. I really like the chocolate version of the Old Cuban.

These two cocktails are perfect on a warm summer evening, try them!


  1. Sunny&Rummy – i`m sure it was good with Matusalem Gran Reserva 18 too,-)

    DavidS – i agree, the Old Cuban is perfect for your site! and you don´t need to borrow, it`s a classic i didn´t invent, so use away! i only invented the Chocolate Cuban which really is a twist of it.

  2. I need to try the Old Cuban. It’s perfect for my site, so with your kind permission, I may need to borrow it. A good excuse to see how many times I can fit “A Mountain of Crushed Ice” into one post. 🙂

  3. Still haven’t done this one up with Smith & Cross because the bottle of Matusalem Gran Reserva 18 in the cabinet caught my eye instead. Makes a nice Old Cuban, although I think I’ll cut the simple back just a bit to let the rum and mint shine through a bit more.

  4. I just shook up the Old Cuban with Bacardi 8 and it is very tasty. Will try Smith&Cross next and I’m certain it will be exceptional.

    And dang, I need some mole bitters bad!

  5. Well, i`ll have to thank you because without that post of yours with that wonderful photo i wouldn´t have come to think about the Old Cuban and then the Chocolate Cuban wouldn´t have been made,-)

  6. This chocolate version, well, I certainly wasn’t going to think of that on my own. What a great idea, I look forward to to trying it—as soon as I find out if Mozart exists in my market.

    I’m delighted that you got the prescribed sugared vanilla bean in your photo—Alas! that I had none prepared when I was doing up the photo at Cold Glass. Somebody has to get these things right! (Thank you for the link.)

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