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Cuba Libre cocktail: the original recipe of the great Cuban drink

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
5 cl of white rum
10 cl of cola (not Coke)
1 cl of lime juice
lime wedge

Nutritional information

157
calories

Cuba Libre cocktail: the original recipe of the great Cuban drink

  • 3 minutes
  • Serves 1
  • Easy

Ingredients

Directions

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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

Glass

Highball

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.

Cuba Libre drink recipes ingredients, Best Cuban cocktail recipesStir gently and start dreaming about Cuba’s beach.

Suggested food pairings

Grilled cheese sandwich; parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara, paella mixta.

Rum cocktails you should try

Mojito, Zombie, Mai Tai, Daiquiri, Painkiller, Dark and Stormy, Canchanchara, Pina Colada, Basito, Hurricane.

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