*Original recipe by Audrey Saunders
The Old Cuban (Champagne Mojito) Whether July 4th or New Years Eve, this one is right at home on either date. A white rum would lose its' identity combined with champagne, so I used an anejo rum, and added bitters to it . The combination of the heftier, aged rum and bitters is a perfect compliment to the champagne. For a festive effect, garnish with a split vanilla bean rolled in sugar.
¾ oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
6 Mint Leaves
1 ½ oz. Bacardi 8 Year Rum
2 oz. Moet or Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Shake all (except Champagne) and strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with Champagne, and garnish with a vanilla bean.
Garnish: Floating Mint Leaves & (Optional) Sugar-coated Vanilla Bean Glass: Chilled Martini