Cuba libre is a refreshing cocktail made with cola, lime juice, and rum. It originated in Cuba and is a popular drink in many parts of the world.
Cuba libre recipe
- 120 ml cola
- 50 ml white rum
- 10 ml Fresh lime juice
Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.
Directions for how to make the Cuba libre
- Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
- Pour 50 ml of white rum into the glass.
- Squeeze 10 ml of fresh lime juice into the glass.
- Add 120 ml of cola to the glass.
- Stir the drink with a stirrer or straw.
- Garnish the drink with a lime wedge.
- Serve and enjoy.
Tips for how to make the perfect Cuba libre
- Use high quality rum such as Bacardi or Havana Club for an authentic taste
- Use fresh lime juice instead of bottled lime juice for a fresher taste
- Use Mexican Coca-Cola instead of regular Coca-Cola to get a more authentic taste, as it uses cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup
- Add ice cubes into the glass before pouring the drink to ensure it stays cold
- Use a highball glass to serve for the authentic look
- Garnish with a lime wedge for a finishing touch.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Cuba libre
One alcohol-free alternative to Cuba libre is the Virgin Cuba Libre. To make this drink, you will need 2 oz of cola, ½ oz of fresh lime juice, and ice cubes.
Steps to make:
- Take a Collins glass and fill it with ice cubes.
- Pour 2 oz of cola into the glass.
- Add ½ oz of fresh lime juice to it.
- Stir it well to mix.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or a sprig of mint.
- Serve and enjoy your non-alcoholic version of Cuba Libre.
You can also experiment with using different types of cola or by adding other fruit juices like pineapple or orange for a unique twist on this classic drink.
Cuba libre fun facts
- Cuba libre was invented during the Spanish-American War, in 1898, by American soldiers.
- The name Cuba libre means “free Cuba” in Spanish, reflecting the soldiers' support of Cuba’s independence.
- Originally made with Bacardi rum and Coca-Cola, Cuba libre was popularized by celebrities like Ernest Hemingway and Frank Sinatra.
- In some countries, Cuba libre is also known as a “rum and Coke” or a “Cubata”.
- The world record for the largest Cuba libre cocktail was set in 2015 in Havana, Cuba, with a 2,484-liter drink comprised of 1,500 liters of rum, 430 liters of Coca-Cola, and 350 kilograms of ice.