Cuba Libre is a cocktail drink made with rum, Coca-cola and a lime wedge. Back in college, we knew it by its American name, Rum Coke. No lime wedge; just rum and Coca-cola mixed together with no particular rule as to proportion. It was cheaper than beer and, in those days when good-time budget was low, Rum Coke made sense.Story has it that the drink we know as Cuba Libre was born in Havana in the aftermath of the Spanish-American war. That story is belied by others although the year of birth of the drink is not disputed. 1900 is generally accepted to be the year when Coca-cola was introduced to Cuba by American soldiers.
- juice from half a lime
- ice cubes
- lime wedges (see notes after the recipe)
- 2 oz. rum
- 4 oz. Coca-cola
- Squeeze the juice from half a lime directly into a glass.
- Drop the ice cubes into the glass along with the lime wedges.
- Pour in rum and Coca-cola.
- Serve and enjoy.
Note that I used kaffir lime which is what we have in the garden right now. Regular lime is traditional for making Cuba Libre.
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