Recipes

How To Make An Old Cuban, A Rum Cocktail Invented By New York’s Most Famous Bartender

In honour of World Rum Day, add this to your weekend project.

old cuban cocktail recipe
Photo: @diplomatico

The Old Cuban cocktail was invented in early 2000 by Audrey Saunders, New York’s most famous female bartender, and one of the world’s most famous bartenders. This creation made with aged rum gained popularity across the drinking world because it’s a fine variation on the Mojito, switching out the soda for champagne and the white rum for a dark aged rum. 

Ingredients

50 ml Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva
25 ml lime juice
20 ml sugar syrup
5 mint leaves
2 drops of Angostura bitters
Top up with champagne, cava or Prosecco

Glass

Coupe glass

Ice

Ice cubes, only for the shaker

Method

  1. Muddle mint leaves using a muddler. 
  2. Add lime juice, simple syrup, bitters and Reserva Exclusiva rum to shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. 
  3. Top with champagne, cava or Prosecco.

Garnish

Mint sprig

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Craving Something Sweet? Whip Up These Nutella Thumbrint Cookies In No Time

From baking queen, Katherine Sabbath.

nutella cookies recipe

We’ve all been there. Staring at an open pantry, on the hunt for something sweet, only to find an empty packet of chocolate biscuits someone polished off without your knowledge. It’s less than ideal, so we’ve decided to share a recipe you can whip up in 20 minutes for the next time that sweet tooth pops up.

Primary school teacher turned baking queen, Katherine Sabbath has authored three bestselling cookbooks and appeared as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia. She is known for her cutting-edge cake designs and creative flair in the kitchen, and we were lucky enough to sneak a super simple, tasty recipe for her Nutella Thumbprint Cookies.

“I’m excited to be partnering with Nutella and Kenwood to create a range of simple and tasty winter warmer recipes showcasing the delicious versatility of Australia’s favourite chocolate hazelnut spread. These recipes have been prepared using my go-to appliance, the Kenwood Chef Baker Mixer, which makes baking a breeze thanks to its quality, durability, and performance,” said Sabbath.

In celebration of this this partnership, Nutella is offering shoppers a chance to win 1 of 500 limited-edition Kenwood Titanium Chef Baker XL White Mixer with a Nutella branded PopTop valued at $999. All you have to do is purchase a specially marked jar of Nutella from May 8 to July 3, and follow the prompts on the jar for a chance to win.

Now that you’ve secured your mixer, it’s time to start baking.

Nutella Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients:
– 200g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
– 1/2 cup superfine caster sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
– 1 egg, chilled
– 350g plain all purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 200g Nutella
– 80g roasted hazelnuts, crushed

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 160oC fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
2. Using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for five minutes or until light and fluffy.
3. Add the vanilla and egg, beat until well combined. Add the flour and salt, beat until just combined.
4. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized mounds and place onto the trays about 2cm apart. Use your thump or end of the spoon to make a dent in the centre of each cookie.
5. Bake the cookies for 20 minutes, or until just golden. Leave the cookies on the trays and while still warm, pipe or dollop Nutella into each dent and sprinkle crushed hazelnuts on top.

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