Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

All inclusive, a hammock and a palm. Muscle bound Caribbean guy bringing a cocktail with a smile. There is a slice of lime and an umbrella hanging from the rim of my glass…

Story of one of the world’s most famous cocktails is still a lot less romantic than a story about chilling on a Cuban sand. Somewhere around 1900. in just liberated Havana, a cocktail was born, prosaically called Free Cuba!, which was actually a battle cry of the Cuban soldiers during the Spanish-American war. One of the versions says that an American soldiers ordered Bacardi with Coca Cola and a slice of lime, the guests of a bar loved it and continued to drink it through the night cheering Cuba Libre!

But no mater how popular cocktail Cuba Libre is today, all my memories are of it’s modest cousin Rum and Cola. I remember my father drinking it with his friends all the time. There was always some dark rum in the house, made in YU and of curse the cheapest one, I had no idea light rum existed until I got older.

Cuba Libre, ingredients

At the time of it’s creation, the original cocktail had a slightly different taste than we are used to it now. Historians claim that it used to be a bit more bitter due to the fact Coca Cola was still made with cocaine. Experts suggest you should pour a splash of some bitter liqueur (J√§germeister for example) so the taste would be more authentic.

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre


120 ml Coca Cola
50 ml light rum
10 ml freshly squeezed lime juice


Pour everything in a glass over ice and decorate with a slice of lime.


The amunts are by IBA standard. Be free to experiment and add more or less alcohol in the cocktail.

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  • Tante Mali August 7, 2014 6:39 pm

    What a wonderful blog you have! Will try your Ajvar – it’s sounds so very tastey and looks so great! Cuba libre …. one zip for me please!
    All my best and a happy happy time

    • Marija August 8, 2014 3:45 pm

      Thank you very much Elisabeth! :)

  • Jana August 10, 2014 2:01 am

    I really like your photos of the cuba libre. It’s one of my favorite drinks out there but nobody has ever made it look so delicious :).

    Greetings from LA

    • Marija August 11, 2014 9:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jana!!!

  • Carole from Carole’s Chatter August 27, 2014 9:37 pm

    Hi Marija, just stopped by to let you know you’ve been featured today over at Carole’s Chatter. Cheers

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