Cuban No. 2 Cocktail Drink

Cuban Cocktail No. 2

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Dive into the vibrant flavors of summer with this Cuban Cocktail No. 2 recipe! With just a few ingredients, this drink is easy to make and delivers a cocktail experience that’s as refreshing as it is delicious.

Cuban Cocktail No. 2 Recipe

Indulge in the rich flavors of a Cuban Cocktail No. 2 recipe! Crafted with smooth brandy, apricot brandy, and tangy lime juice, this elegant cocktail is a delightful treat for fall evenings.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

170 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz lime or lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime or lemon twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Start by chilling your coupe glass, ice it up with some ice just before starting or leave in the freezer a few hours before.
  • Add lemon or lime juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lime or lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour Apricot Brandy: Add ½ oz apricot Brandy to the mix.
  • Add Brandy: Measure and pour 2 oz Brandy into the shaker.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to the shaker. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail mixture into your chilled coupe glass with no ice.
  • Garnish: Add a lime or lemon twist on the rim of the glass for an elegant finish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you're out of brandy, a good quality whiskey or rum can provide a robust base with a different but pleasant flavor profile.
  • Apricot Brandy: No apricot brandy? Peach liqueur or even a splash of apricot nectar mixed with a bit of neutral spirit (like vodka) can mimic the fruity depth.
  • Lime or Lemon Juice: Ideally, use whichever you prefer or have on hand. They're interchangeable depending on whether you like sweeter (lemon) or slightly bitter (lime).

Making a Pitcher of Cuban Cocktail No. 2:

  • Scale: To serve 8, use 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of lime or lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, stir together the brandy, apricot brandy, and lime or lemon juice with ice cubes. Strain and store in the fridge until serving.
  • Serve: Pour the cocktail into chilled coupe glasses, garnish each with a lime or lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: To mimic brandy, use a non-alcoholic spirit with a woody or nutty profile.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: Mix apricot syrup with some non-alcoholic vanilla extract for a non-alcoholic version that still gives you that fruity and slightly exotic flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these substitutes for a delightful non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most brandies and apricot brandies are vegan, but it's always best to check your specific brands to ensure they don't use animal-derived fining agents.
  • Garnish: All the ingredients, including the garnish, are naturally vegan, so you don't need to adjust here.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
170
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Potassium
 
31
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
2
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Cuban No. 2 Cocktail Drink

Cuban Cocktail No. 2 Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in the rich flavors of a Cuban Cocktail No. 2 recipe! Crafted with smooth brandy, apricot brandy, and tangy lime juice, this elegant cocktail is a delightful treat for fall evenings.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 170

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • ½ oz apricot Brandy
  • 1 oz lime or lemon juice - freshly squeezed
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime or lemon twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Start by chilling your coupe glass, ice it up with some ice just before starting or leave in the freezer a few hours before.
  • Add lemon or lime juice: Measure and pour 1 oz lime or lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
  • Pour Apricot Brandy: Add ½ oz apricot Brandy to the mix.
  • Add Brandy: Measure and pour 2 oz Brandy into the shaker.
  • Shake: Add ice cubes to the shaker. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain: Fine strain the cocktail mixture into your chilled coupe glass with no ice.
  • Garnish: Add a lime or lemon twist on the rim of the glass for an elegant finish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you're out of brandy, a good quality whiskey or rum can provide a robust base with a different but pleasant flavor profile.
  • Apricot Brandy: No apricot brandy? Peach liqueur or even a splash of apricot nectar mixed with a bit of neutral spirit (like vodka) can mimic the fruity depth.
  • Lime or Lemon Juice: Ideally, use whichever you prefer or have on hand. They're interchangeable depending on whether you like sweeter (lemon) or slightly bitter (lime).

Making a Pitcher of Cuban Cocktail No. 2:

  • Scale: To serve 8, use 16 oz of brandy, 4 oz of apricot brandy, and 8 oz of lime or lemon juice.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, stir together the brandy, apricot brandy, and lime or lemon juice with ice cubes. Strain and store in the fridge until serving.
  • Serve: Pour the cocktail into chilled coupe glasses, garnish each with a lime or lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: To mimic brandy, use a non-alcoholic spirit with a woody or nutty profile.
  • Apricot Brandy Substitute: Mix apricot syrup with some non-alcoholic vanilla extract for a non-alcoholic version that still gives you that fruity and slightly exotic flavor.
  • Proceed As Usual: Follow the original steps using these substitutes for a delightful non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Brands: Most brandies and apricot brandies are vegan, but it's always best to check your specific brands to ensure they don't use animal-derived fining agents.
  • Garnish: All the ingredients, including the garnish, are naturally vegan, so you don't need to adjust here.

What is a Cuban Cocktail No. 2?

The brandy-based Cuban Cocktail No.2, featured in the iconic ‘Savoy Cocktail Book’ (1930), holds a significant place in cocktail history. Made of brandy, apricot brandy, and lime or lemon juice, this drink is relatively easy to make, requiring only a few ingredients and basic cocktail-making tools such as a shaker and strainer. Combining the rich flavors of brandy with the sweetness of apricot brandy and the acidity of lime or lemon juice creates a balanced and refreshing cocktail.

A side shot of a Cuban No. 2 in a coupe glass on a coaster placed on a table surrounded by a green cloth, and two lemons.

What is a Cuban Cocktail No. 2 made of – The ingredients

Here are the ingredients you need to gather for your Cuban Cocktail No. 2:

  • Brandy: Serves as the base spirit, providing a rich and smooth flavor foundation.
  • Apricot Brandy: Adds a sweet, fruity layer, enhancing the cocktail’s complexity.
  • Lime or Lemon Juice: Introduces a tartness that balances the sweetness of the apricot brandy.

Brandy, apricot Brandy, lemon juice, and two lemons laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Cuban Cocktail No. 2?

Join us in making a Cuban Cocktail No. 2 by following our guide:

1
<p>Make sure to chill a coupe glass, this will ensure your drink will be perfectly served.</p>

Make sure to chill a coupe glass, this will ensure your drink will be perfectly served.

2
<p>Squeeze in a shaker 1 oz of lime or lemon juice, injecting a tart freshness that balances the sweetness and enriches the overall taste.</p>

Squeeze in a shaker 1 oz of lime or lemon juice, injecting a tart freshness that balances the sweetness and enriches the overall taste.

3
<p>Add 1/2 oz of apricot brandy next, introducing a sweet and fruity nuance that complements the depth of the brandy</p>

Add 1/2 oz of apricot brandy next, introducing a sweet and fruity nuance that complements the depth of the brandy

4
<p>Pour 2 oz of brandy into the shaker as the primary spirit, setting the foundational flavor of the cocktail.</p>

Pour 2 oz of brandy into the shaker as the primary spirit, setting the foundational flavor of the cocktail.

5
<p>Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, ensuring the mixture is well chilled and the flavors are thoroughly combined.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds, ensuring the mixture is well chilled and the flavors are thoroughly combined.

7
<p>Fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass to prevent unwanted ice chips or fruit pulp entering the final drink.</p>

Fine strain the cocktail into your chilled glass to prevent unwanted ice chips or fruit pulp entering the final drink.

8
<p>Garnish with a lime or lemon twist, depending on the citrus you used before.</p>

Garnish with a lime or lemon twist, depending on the citrus you used before.

A Cuban Cocktail No. 2, shot from above, in a coupe glass on a white marmol table surrounded by Brandy, apricot Brandy, lemon juice, and two lemons

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Cuban Cocktail No. 2?
It typically contains around 180-200 calories. This estimate varies based on the specific brands of alcohol used and the exact measurements.
How strong is the Cuban Cocktail No. 2?
The alcohol by volume (ABV) usually ranges from 20% to 25%, translating to 40 to 50 proof. The exact strength depends on the proportions and specific spirits brands.
What alcohol is used in a Cuban Cocktail No. 2?
We use brandy and apricot brandy. These products combine to create the cocktail's distinctive flavor.
In which glass is the Cuban Cocktail No. 2 served?
Bartenders typically serve the drink in a coupe glass. This choice highlights the drink's elegance and allows the aromas to concentrate, enhancing the tasting experience.
What does a Cuban Cocktail No. 2 taste like?
It offers a harmonious blend of sweetness from the apricot brandy, the rich warmth of the brandy, and a refreshing tartness from the lime or lemon juice. This combination creates a balanced and inviting flavor profile.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Cuban Cocktail No. 2?
The classic ratio for is 2 parts brandy to 1/2 part apricot brandy and 1 part lime or lemon juice. This ratio perfectly balances sweetness, acidity, and alcohol content.
How is the Cuban Cocktail No. 2 served regarding ice?
We serve the drink shaken with ice and strained without ice, to maintain its concentrated flavor and smooth texture. This method is known as "up" or "straight up".

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