Cuba Libre, a timeless classic cocktail from Cuba, is one of the most beloved drinks in the country and across the globe. Its signature elements are a mix of rum and Coca-Cola with a lime wedge for garnish. Cuba Libre translates to “free Cuba” and some say it originated in 1900 to celebrate Cuba’s freedom after overthrowing Spanish colonial rule. This cocktail can also be served as an alcoholic float by adding vanilla ice cream or bubblegum syrup – making it even more fun and exciting! Whether you’re at your local regional bar or creating your own, this drink is definitely worth savoring.
- 2 oz Rum
- 4 oz Cola (typically Coca-Cola)
- 1/2 oz Lime Juice
- Optional: Aromatic Bitters
- Garnish: Lime Wedge
This is one of those drinks that is fairly simple to make using ingredients you likely have in your fridge already. In a rocks glass or highball filled with ice, add your rum first, then your cola. Modern-day recipes include aromatic bitters, which improve the taste and flavor of the drink but are optional. Add your lime juice and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
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