Last Nights Dinner Menu and Old Cuban Cocktails (Beware!)

IMG_2131It’s not lost on me that the most elaborate part of the meal was dessert and that I am diabetic….mmmmmmmmmm

I’m also horribly hung over….and I blame it squarely on the Old Cuban, well more like Old Cubans a brilliantly delicious cocktail that makes a Mojito into a champagne drink.

Old Cuban

In the cocktail shaker muddle a handful of mint leaves, 2 dashes if Angostura bitters, 1 1/2 ounces of amber rum, 1/2 ounce simple syrup and 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice, the more you muddle the mintier it gets (a minute is fine). Fill the container with ice and shaker for a good 15 seconds. The shaker should be icy cold.  Strain into a chilled champagne flute and top with Cava (or any other bubbly you have on hand). Garnish with a mint leaf and drink, keeping in mind that even though it tastes like a soda – it’s not!

Of course I was too busy cooking and getting drunk to actually take a picture of this, but

Here’s the picture of the one (it’s on the left in the champagne flute) I had with my friend Edward at Cienfuegos:IMG_2084

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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