Sebastian Cañas of Yvonne’s in Boston plays on the Old Cuban cocktail in his aperitif, the Old Frenchie. “It’s a refreshing cocktail, with some citrus behind it that will get your palate clean and ready for dinner,” as an aperitif should, he says. White rum and mint, plus a dose of St-Germain and a topper of sparkling wine, makes for a drink that is “floral and elegant,” and ideal for an early evening cocktail.
- 1 ounce white rum
- 3/4 ounce St-Germain
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
- 10 mint leaves
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Champagne, to top
Garnish: mint sprig, bitters
- Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker over ice and shake.
- Double-strain over crushed ice into a tall glass.
- Top with Champagne. Garnish with mint sprig and a few dashes of bitters.