This classic cocktail took such a great twist when Kevin made the special lime juice. It’s a simple extra step that made this such a delicious treat!
Kevin Hoskins’ Old Cuban
Special lime juice
2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice, room temperature
1 gram agar
1/2 cup boiling water
2 ounces white rum
3/4 oz special lime juice
1/2 Demerara simple
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 ounces champagne
Lime twist tossed
Small handful fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish
To make the special lime juice began by bringing 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Add the agar and let it bloom for about 30 seconds then slowly add the lime juice, stirring until incorporated. Place into an ice bath until the mixture begins to separate but doesn’t turn into Jello. The longer you let it sit, the purer the taste will be – but less yield. Strain through a coffee filter and set aside.
Gently muddle the mint leaves with the rum in a cocktail shaker. Add the clarified lime juice, bitters, sugar and ice, cover, and stir, until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. Pour the muddled liquid into a chilled cocktail glass, holding back the ice, but letting some of the mint leaves fall into the glass. Add enough Champagne to almost fill the glass to the top. Garnish with a twist and toss of the lime and a sprig of mint. Drink!