The Origins of the Cuba Libre
The phrase "Cuba Libre!" ("Free Cuba!") was a rallying cry during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Not long after Spain lost the war and withdrew from Cuba, Coca-Cola began exporting its cola syrup to Cuba. In 1900, a 14-year-old named Fausto Rodriguez was at a bar in Havana and witnessed his employer order a Bacardi rum mixed with Coca-Cola—or so he claimed. Rodriguez later became a Bacardi advertising executive and, in 1965, produced a signed affidavit verifying his story, though some question the validity of his tale.
Today, most Cubans use the Cuban cola brand tuKola in the cocktail instead of Coke.
Cuba Libre Cocktail Recipe
Prep Time5 min
Total Time5 min
- 2 ounces white rum (or light rum)
- 4 ounces cola
- Lime wedge
- Add ice cubes to a highball glass or Collins glass.
- Pour rum and cola into the glass.
- Squeeze fresh lime juice into the glass, and stir well.
- Garnish by dropping the lime wedge into the glass.
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