Cuba Libre

by XuCharles on Mar 03, 2023

Cuba Libre

The Cuban Revolution may have ended in 1959, but its spirit lives on in the form of the deliciously refreshing cocktail that bears its name: the Cuba Libre. This classic drink, also known as a rum and coke, combines the rich flavor of aged rum with the crisp, tangy taste of lime and the sweetness of cola to create a drink that's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Here's how you can make your own Cuba Libre at home:





aged rum

2 oz.


4 oz.

freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 oz.

Lime wedges

for garnish





  • Fill a highball glass with ice.

  • Add the rum, cola, and lime juice to the glass.

  • Stir well until all ingredients are combined.

  • Garnish with a lime wedge.


Now that you know the basic recipe, let's dive deeper into the history and nuances of the Cuba Libre.


The Cuba Libre first came into existence during the Spanish-American War of 1898. As legend has it, American soldiers stationed in Cuba were celebrating their victory over the Spanish with glasses of rum and Coca-Cola. Someone suggested adding a squeeze of lime to the drink, and the Cuba Libre was born. The cocktail quickly became popular not only in Cuba, but around the world.


While the recipe for the Cuba Libre is relatively simple, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to take your cocktail to the next level. For starters, use a good quality aged rum. The sweetness and complexity of the rum will complement the tangy lime and sweet cola flavors. Additionally, be sure to use freshly squeezed lime juice instead of bottled lime juice, which can be overly tart and artificial.


When it comes to the cola, some bartenders swear by Mexican Coke, which is sweetened with real cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. However, any cola will work. If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, try using a diet cola or reducing the amount of cola in the recipe.


Finally, don't skimp on the lime wedges. Not only do they add a pop of color to the drink, but they also provide a burst of fresh lime flavor with every sip.


In conclusion, the Cuba Libre is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time for over a century. With just a few simple ingredients, you can transport yourself to the sunny shores of Cuba and enjoy a refreshing and delicious drink. Cheers to the spirit of the Cuban Revolution!


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