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DharMag September 2016 Cuba Libre cocktail: the original recipe of the great Cuban drink

Cuba Libre cocktail recipe, Cuba Libre with Coke rum lime juice, Cuba cocktails Cuba Libre is one of the easiest cocktail to prepare, it has only three ingredients: rum, lime juice, and coke, to which is added a slice of lime as a garnish.

To maintain the balance between sweet flavor and alcohol the cocktail must be prepared with great care and you should respect the doses, otherwise, the drink could be too mushy.

Cuba Libre’s history

The name of this cocktail comes from the shouts of joy of the people of Cuba, who took to the streets to celebrate the liberation of the island from Spain, in 1898, after a war fought alongside the United States.

The island was immediately flooded with US goods, and among these the first was, of course, Coca Cola, a soft drink born a few years before, but which had already become an icon.

Rumin Cuba was (and is) drank more water and also Cuba Libre was not really “invented” on that occasion, but more precisely “modified and modernized”, because before instead of Coca Cola was used simple caramel.

Cuba Libre cocktail ingredients and doses

  • 5 cl of white rum
  • 10 cl Coca Cola
  • 1 cl of lime or lemon juice
  • a slice of lime



How to make the authentic Cuba Libre cocktail

The recipe is basic and the drink is prepared directly in a highball glass, so you won’t need any particular equipment or skill.

Squeeze a lime and strain juice.

Fill a glass with ice and pour rum and lime juice.

Add cola, cut a wedge of lime, decorate with a slice.

Stir gently and start dreaming about Cuba’s beach.

Cube Libre food pairings

Let’s pair it with cold pasta salad, baked fish, finger food, pasta al pesto, zucchini and shrimps risotto.

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