5 cl of white rum
10 cl of cola (not Coke)
1 cl of lime juice
Cuba Libre is one of the easiest cocktails 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.
Rum in 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 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.