Cuba Libre – classic cocktail recipe and guide.
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 get in almost any bar.
Cuba Libre is more than just ‘rum & coke’!
Lime juice. Cuba Libre is all about it. Half of the lime muddled in the glass’s bottom (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 vast 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.
On the list of IBA Official Cocktails.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) of light rum.
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of fresh lime juice.
- Top up with Coca-Cola.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Squeeze the lime over the ice and leave it in.
- Add rum and top with Coca-Cola.