This is more commonly referred to in America as “Rum and Coke”, but the Cuba Libre is a unique and special drink, filled not only with flavor but with history. Its roots go back to the Spanish American War, when Coca-Cola was a relatively new brand and the United States fought Spain over Cuba. “Free Cuba” became a popular phrase between 1901 and ’02. After the rise of Castro, the name and drink found great popularity and revival. In the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland, the lime juice may or may not be included when called Rum and Coke.
- 2 ounces light Rum
- juice of 1/2 lime
- slice or wedge of lime
- Pour lime juice into a highball glass over ice cubes.
- Add rum, fill with cola, stir. Garnish and serve.