A classic mixed drink straight from Cuba. It contains both caffeine and sugar, which makes it the perfect party drink. Refreshing and easy to make, Cuba Libre became a favorite of many. All you need is white rum, coca-cola, some limes and you’re good to go.
Recommended rum for this drink is Bacardi Superior and chances are that is what you will be served in a bar.
Cuba Libre is something more than just ‘rum & coke’!
Lime juice. Cuba Libre is all about it. Half of the lime muddled in the bottom of the glass (Highball or Collins) to bring out the oil of lime. You would also need Coca-Cola, good Rum and of course – Ice. It’s a fresh island drink, full of flavor and texture. Rum&coke is just rum and coke served in a glass or even a cheap plastic cup over ice, or sometimes even without.
There is a huge difference between the two. Of course, you might think that is an exaggeration. To that, I say – try this classic recipe and see for yourself.
Cocktail origins can be traced to 1900 where a U.S. Army Captain who was stationed in Havana added a newly popular Coca-Cola and some lime juice to his Bacardi rum and toasted his Cuban comrades by exclaiming, “Por Cuba Libre!” (“To a free Cuba!”). And just like that, a legend was born. To this day Cuba Libre remains one of the most popular drinks not only in Cuba but the world.
Cuba Libre Ingredients:
1 ounce (30ml) rum
3 ounces (90ml) Coca-Cola
½ ounce (15ml) lime juice
Garnish with a lime wedge
How to make:
1.Fill a highball glass with ice
2.Squeeze the lime over the ice
3.Add rum and top with coca-cola
4.Garnish with a lime wheel or a lime wedge